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This innovation podcast will resonate with those that recognize that being more innovative is their ticket to being indispensable and for leaders of all levels under pressure to build a culture of innovation. A blend of insightful interviews, audience questions, spotlights, and an occasional rant, your host Tamara Ghandour brings a fresh perspective to innovation. As the author of Innovation Is Everybody's Business and the creator of the Innovation Quotient Edge assessment, Tamara makes innovation accessible to all of us in this conversational style podcast.
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Jun 30, 2020

When we think of driving innovation, we often go straight to changing processes to push innovation, but in reality, what we need to be changing is people’s mindsets around how they view innovation. Chuck Swoboda is a strong believer that to get different behaviors, you have to start with different beliefs, and he joins me on this episode to explore how we can help people adopt an innovation mindset.

 

Chuck Swoboda is Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University, President of Cape Point Advisors, and retired Chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc. As the co-inventor on more than 25 patents covering LEDs and lighting technology, with over 30 years of experience, Chuck is well-versed with being innovative and enabling innovation in others. His latest book The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible dives into how we can tap into our innovative selves.

 

Innovation is much more about mindset than anything else. Chuck and I discuss what our roles are in being innovators in a time of crisis, and how we can change the mindset of being uncomfortable and uneasy with upheaval to that of seeing the opportunities. Chuck also shares more about the role of fear in limiting innovation, why it is easier to embrace risk in trying new ideas during crisis times, and how we can get our teams to embrace constructive conflict. How can we avoid getting bogged down in today’s problems, but instead look to the future and solve tomorrow’s problems and see the opportunities there? Chuck has a few key tips on this and how we can get over the hurdles that limit our innovative spirit.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Chuck Swoboda

The Innovators Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible,
by Chuck Swoboda

Innovators on Tap Podcast

For Industry Leaders, Social Distancing Is An Opportunity To Seize Not A Problem To Solve,” by Chuck Swoboda for Forbes

 

Jun 23, 2020

When we think about innovation, we’re often thinking about coming up with the best solutions and creative ways to problem-solve. However, spending some time thinking about the questions we’re asking and the problem we’re trying to solve can help create better solutions. So why do we spend too much time on the solutions and not enough on the questions, and how can we start questioning our questions?

In the second of a four-part interview series where amazing business leaders interview me about innovation, Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that supports organizations in solving challenging people problems, dons the interviewer’s hat. Together we dig into how we can change our perspectives and start asking deeper questions.

Too often, we get stuck trying to solve superficial problems and addressing the symptoms of the issue instead of getting to the root of the problem. Getting better solutions starts with brainstorming around the questions we're asking. Try asking:

1. Why do I have this challenge?

2. What else does this challenge impact?

3. Why do I need to solve this challenge, to begin with?

 

Kris also shares some insights on dealing with toxic work cultures, the importance of being “kind, candid and constructive,” and the role of constructive conflict in innovation.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Kris Boesch, Choose People

John Lee Dumas

Jun 16, 2020

When it comes to change and getting people to change, as leaders we recognize that it can often feel really hard to implement, and pushing for change can lead to failed efforts. So what are we doing wrong that keeps up from making change work? Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon join me to dig into how we can lead successful change in our organizations and teams.

 

Gregory P. Shea is adjunct professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Cassie Solomon is the President and Founder of The New Group Consulting, Inc where she coaches leaders and consults to organizations on the design and implementation of strategic change. Greg and Cassie are co-authors of Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work, where they share their tested method for leading successful change, developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

 

Changing the environment is often touted as a way to drive innovation and collaboration. The thing is, making superficial changes to the environment (e.g. with a ping pong table) doesn't help change the system needed to allow for innovation and collaboration. Greg and Cassie explain some of the tenets of making change successful and what has made their approach so successful. They also share more about change fatigue, how it creates resistance and makes people discouraged in wanting to change, and why the holistic approach to leading change helps set a company or team up for adapting and innovating.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour

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Cassie Solomon, The New Group Organizational Consulting

Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work, by Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon

 

Jun 9, 2020

Have you ever had an idea and automatically shut it immediately down thinking, “No, that won’t work at all,” and then found that you couldn’t come up with any groundbreaking solutions? That’s because it’s next to impossible to innovate and analyze at the same time. So, why is it so difficult to innovate and analyze at the same time, to the point that you can’t do it at all, and it shuts down all innovation?

 

In this episode, where Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People dons the interviewer’s hat, we dig into the neuroscience and environmental factors that make it almost impossible to innovate and analyze at the same time, as well as how to overcome this problem.

 

We often shut down our own wild ideas, and as leaders, we shut others down as well. This stunts innovation, and prevents great ideas from emerging, so how do we disrupt that? Recognize what’s happening, and start thinking about innovation and analysis as two different steps, one before the other. We also explore what leaders can do to really support that innovation of thinking, how to keep innovation pathways open as leaders by avoiding the common pitfalls and mistakes, as well as how perfectionism and innovation are interrelated.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Kris Boesch, Choose People

Burst of Innovation Three Ways Virtual Meetings Can Be More Innovative Than Live

 

Jun 2, 2020

We’re often asking our teams to come up with better solutions and innovative ideas by “thinking outside the box,” but what if we really need to be thinking about moving to a different box entirely? Steven Shapiro is an expert in pushing people to consider alternative perspectives, changing the questions, and challenging the assumptions.

 

Word-renowned innovation keynote speaker and author Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries for over 20 years. During his 15-year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of six books, including his latest Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems, where he shares his systematic approach to deal with any problem by asking better questions.

 

So how do we ask better questions? Steven shares more about why it’s important to take what we think is the opportunity or problem and look at it through different perspectives, and why questions have such a powerful impact on innovation. We also discuss how to identify solutions masquerading as questions, addressing explicit vs. implicit questions, and how to avoid assumptions. Find out more about the challenges with brainstorming, and how to work within the constraints we have.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Steven Shapiro

Accenture

Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems, by Steven Shapiro

 

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