Innovation

EP. 57- mastering polarities to ACHIEVE GREATER performance

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Should we focus on innovation or stability? Do I need to focus on getting more tasks done or building relationships with my team? Should we centralize functions or decentralize? Should I exercise at 5am or get more rest? Do you find yourself asking these questions on a daily basis? If so, then please join Jeff Smith and Cara Wilson as we host Voltcast: Illuminating Leadership  on VoiceAmerica. We will be discussing Polarities which are interdependent pairs that need each other over time to maintain and gain performance. Since polarities are unavoidable, they are present in every individual, team, and organization. We will be talking about how to recognize polarities, how to change your either/or thinking to and thinking and how to implement changes in your mindset. We look forward to a fast-moving, entertaining show that will highlight case studies of using polarity management. We hope you can join us on Tuesday. [Read transcript here]

EP. 46- creativity inc: how to create innovation environments that work

What does it take to get people to bring their best new ideas to the table? How can leaders foster creativity and innovation in ways that deliver results? We hear all the catch phrases and buzz words: Design Thinking, Creativity and Innovation Spaces, being a Great Place to Work, but the question I hear from leaders most often is simply, “How can I get started?” After being the opening speaker for the Valley Business Keynote, Jennifer Owen-O’Quill continues the conversation about the ingredients that drive creativity and innovation at work. (And no, it doesn’t take big capital investment and a lot of infrastructure.) Tune in to hear about the two key ingredients that innovative teams have, and three simple steps that will get you started on the path to your own version of Creativity INC. Jeff and Jennifer look forward to taking your questions during this timely conversation. [Read transcript here]

EP. 33- leadership lessons from lincoln

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We sometimes think we have things so rough. Our 16th President was probably one of the most revered and the most hated figures by his contemporaries. Abraham Lincoln was elected by what was then the lowest plurality in an American election to date. The country was disintegrating, military leaders and cabinet members questioned his leadership, and there were numerous threats on his life. In spite of it all, Lincoln’s approach to managing people and circumstances fostered innovation and engagement. Lincoln developed and used his amazing talent for Coaching and public Speaking. He kept people in his organization engaged while delivering at the most challenging news at often the most challenging of times. His methods for providing feedback to wayward subordinates would be the envy of any leader anywhere. We would do well to learn from his experiences the next time we are frustrated because something that was supposed to happen didn’t or a colleague let us down. [Read transcript here]