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Leadership is a skill set that everyone needs to master. It's not something you learn overnight. In fact, most people never get any training whatsoever. This means that as long as we continue to invest in our leaders' growth, we will always have the opportunity to build great teams. But if we stop investing in our team members' growth, then we won't have the ability to create great teams anymore. That's why I'm committed to helping every leader become a better leader. And that's also why I created: Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast The Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast is designed to help you develop the skills necessary to become a better leader. I have put together over 30 hours of video content that covers everything from how to improve your communication, understand company culture and more. I believe that leadership is a lifelong journey!
E52, How to Humanize the Recruiting & Hiring Process
November 22, 2022 • 31 MIN
When hiring new employees, most companies go with the tried and true method of posting job openings online and waiting for applicants to apply. This approach has worked well for years because it's cheap and fast. But it also means that many qualified candidates miss out on jobs. In order to humanize the recruitment and hiring process, you must first understand why people join organizations. Once you do, you can create a culture where everyone feels valued and appreciated. It makes the recruitment and interviewing process less stressful and more fun for both parties. I invited Mike Thomson to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast to discuss how to humanize the recruiting and hiring process. Key takeaways: Employees are actually productive when they're working from their homes and companies can still succeed by offering remote workers flexible schedules. Building a business network is a great way to meet like-minded people who may be able to help you achieve success. By connecting with these people, you can gain access to resources, advice, and support that you wouldn't otherwise have. Additionally, having a network of contacts can open doors to new opportunities. The two most important elements that are missing from a job description are how you work and who you're working with. Candidates are demanding more transparency and authenticity from employers. The job landscape is changing. Candidates want more transparency and authenticity from their employers. Candidates are now more open than ever before to disclosing their personal information. This includes things like LinkedIn accounts, online portfolios, and previous job experience. Candidates want to understand what you're looking for from them, why you're interviewing them, and how well they fit into your team. Use this information to ensure you choose an employee who truly fits into your company. Humanizing a Remote Workplace: 3 Ways to Do It Managing remote teams is difficult enough without dealing with a lack of human interaction. However, it doesn't have to stay that way. There are three ways managers can help their employees feel like they're part of a bigger team. 1. Be there for them. You don't need to be physically present to meet people; however, you do need to be physically present if you want to connect with them. You can still use videoconferencing tools such as zoom and skype to keep everyone in sync. Even if you're not physically present at the meeting, you can still communicate with your team using Slack, email, text messaging, etc. 2. Provide feedback. Managers who provide feedback to their employees are able to build trust among their teams. Praise people for doing things well. If someone needs assistance, offer guidance. Don't just sit there waiting for things to go wrong; instead, take proactive measures to avoid them happening in the first place. 3. Make sure everyone feels included. To create a strong, cohesive team you need to ensure that everyone feels valued. Both genders include both males and females. When you talk about your team, be sure to recognize each member individually. Thank them for their hard work. Connecting for Culture and Humanity It seems like every day there's a new story about how technological advances are changing our lives. Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and automation are becoming increasingly important topics in our society today. As per McKinsey & Co., nearly half of all current jobs could be automated by 2030, which means that there would be plenty of new opportunities for people who want to get into tech. While many people worry about the negative effects of technological progress, there is one area in which technology has improved human lives—and that’s at work. As companies seek ways to improve employee satisfaction and retain employees, they're looking at virtual workplaces to help foster feelings of belonging and connection. Virtual workplaces offer a variety of benefits, including increased efficiency, improved employee satisfaction, and better customer service. They also let companies grow fast without having to spend lots of money on building new physical infra­structure. Because they don't require large upfront investments, these strategies can be put into place relatively easily. Why don't more organizations adopt virtual workspaces? There are several reasons why people don't use bots for their business, including concerns about security and privacy. However, these problems are being addressed, and if you approach virtual working correctly then the potential advantages greatly outweigh the risks. What Does It Take To Reframe Work Culture? Redefining "culture" is about redefining the way we see our jobs and the way that we approach our career paths. We often think of our jobs as something that has to be endured until we retire, rather than something we actually enjoy doing. We can reframe our job culture by changing the way we think about our jobs and ourselves at the office. Instead of viewing our jobs as drudgeries, we see them as opportunities for personal development and improvement. We stop feeling guilty for not working and instead enjoy the benefits of having a career that provides us with financial stability. Instead of constantly looking at our lives through the lens of comparison, we learn to appreciate the things we already have instead. We focus less on the bad things we're doing at work and instead celebrate the good things we're doing. We stop seeing our jobs as a burden and instead see them as a source of fulfillment. If you want to hire someone new, making sure that you hire the right person for the position will be easier if you take some time to humanize the hiring process. Understanding their strengths and weakness, personality traits, and career ambitions will help you know where to look when you hire them. Once you've found the right person for the job, you'll also know why they want to work for you. You can reach Mike Thomson on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikethomsonrecruiter/ or check out the website: www.sparkrecruiting.ca For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #recruiting #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
E51, How To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
November 8, 2022 • 29 MIN
Are you afraid of public speaking? Or maybe you just need some tips on improving your skills. Either way, there are plenty of resources available to help you improve your public speaking skills. Whether you’re giving a presentation at work, delivering a speech at school, or even presenting at a conference, public speaking is a skill everyone needs to master. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to improve your public speaking skills. This podcast episode will help you become a better speaker. I invited Brenden Kumarasamy to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast and to discuss how to improve your public speaking. Key takeaways: Use daily word practice sessions to improve your public speaking skills. Presenting virtually is a permanent skill, not a temporary one. By practicing your presentation like a jigsaw puzzle., you help yourself to be clear and concise when presenting. The Importance of Strong Public Speaking Skills Public speaking is important because it teaches you how to communicate effectively with others. Whether you're giving a speech to your boss, your class, or your friends, learning how to speak publicly is a valuable skill. It also helps you gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. And finally, it teaches you how to interact with different kinds of audiences, which is something that you'll need to do throughout life. Public speaking can be an important aspect of your job or educational career. You might even consider it a skill set that could help you advance within your organization. But what exactly does public speaking entail? How do you go about developing those skills? And how can you use them to your advantage? In today’s digital world, people are increasingly relying on technology to communicate. This includes emailing colleagues, posting status updates on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and sending text messages. However, there are still many situations where face-to-face communication is necessary. For example, meeting clients or customers, giving presentations, answering questions during interviews, and participating in panel discussions. If you want to improve your ability to speak publicly, here are some tips to keep in mind: 1. Start early You don’t necessarily need to spend hours practicing every day. In fact, starting out too late can actually hinder your progress. Instead, start small. Begin by reading articles online or listening to podcasts related to public speaking. Then, practice reading aloud. Next, try writing down key points and practicing delivering speeches. Finally, record yourself and listen to your speech. If possible, find someone else to give feedback. 2. Be prepared Make sure you know the topic ahead of time. Also, prepare notes. These notes should include the main points you plan to make, along with supporting information. They should also contain a list of questions you might ask during your presentation. Why Is Public Speaking Important? Being good at public speaking shows self-confidence and credibility. People like to hear other peoples' opinions about themselves or their ideas, especially when those opinions are positive. A person who speaks well is usually perceived as being intelligent and knowledgeable. This makes it easier to persuade others to buy what you're selling. A strong presentation is an effective sales tool because it allows customers to see how much you know about your product. When you speak confidently about your product, people tend to believe you. They'll trust you more and be willing to try out your product. Public speaking is important for anyone who wants to make money in today's world. If you want to start a business, become a politician, or run for office, having a great reputation in front of large groups of people is essential. You need to be able to communicate effectively in order to succeed. Daily word exercises are great for improving your public speaking skills. By practicing everyday, you'll eventually feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people. While you may never be able to speak in front of thousands of people, you can still gain confidence by regularly practicing. There are many different ways to practice public speaking, such as writing speeches, reading scripts aloud, and recording yourself giving presentations. Once you've mastered these techniques, you'll be ready to take on any challenge! Let Your Personality Come Through. The best way to connect with people online isn’t always about selling your product or service. Sometimes it’s about being human. When you show your personality, people feel more comfortable around you. They want to know what makes you tick. And because they trust you, they are more likely to buy from you. In fact, according to research conducted by HubSpot, there are three key ways to build trust online. People are willing to do business with someone they trust. In turn, they trust people who are genuine, honest, and authentic. So, how does one become trustworthy? By showing your personality. Public speaking isn't scary—it's fun! And if you're looking to improve your communication skills, learning to speak publicly will give you the confidence boost you need to take charge of any situation. Whether you're planning a speech for work, giving a presentation at a conference, or even just chatting with friends, practicing public speaking will help you become a better communicator. Best of all, once you master the art of public speaking, you'll never have to worry about being nervous again! You can reach Brenden on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendenkumarasamy/ or check out his website: https://www.mastertalk.ca/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #publicspeaking #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
E50, Consumer Psychology - what does it mean and how to use it?
October 25, 2022 • 34 MIN
Consumer Psychology is the study of how consumers make decisions. It looks at the factors that influence our buying habits and helps us predict how we will react to certain situations. In today's fast-paced world, understanding consumer psychology is essential to succeed. Consumers are constantly bombarded with information from every direction. They must make quick decisions based on limited data. Understanding consumer psychology gives businesses insight into how customers respond to products and services. This knowledge allows companies to create effective advertising campaigns, design compelling websites, and develop innovative products. The goal of this episode is to provide listeners with the basics of consumer psychology and how it impacts buying behavior and customer engagement in today's society. Key Takeaways: - Research has shown that when customers are emotionally engaged in your brand, they are three times more valuable over the course of their lifetime to the brand. - The real power of data comes in when we can combine it with human insights to create something that is unique, differentiated from a different perspective, or a different take on the behavior that can help brands and retailers really set themselves apart - It's really important that we continually think about relationships with customers just like we would relationships with people in our lives. Consumer psychology is the study of human behavior and how consumers interact with brands. It examines why people behave the way they do, and how businesses can influence these behaviors to achieve their own objectives. Consumers' motivations vary depending on their situation, so understanding how different situations affect consumer behavior can help businesses tailor their messages and offerings to meet the needs of their customers. Market research studies help companies understand customer attitudes and behaviors. They provide insights into how consumers think about brands, products, and services. These insights allow marketing managers to make better decisions based on data rather than intuition. In addition, market research enables advertisers to develop successful campaigns that appeal to customers and build brand loyalty. There are many ways to capture a customer's attention, but the best way is to give them exactly what they want. By understanding what your customers want, you can design a product or service that meets their needs. Once you understand what your customers want, it becomes much easier to figure out how to sell to them. You can reach Chris on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drchris/ or check out his website: https://thebuycologist.com/ or more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
E49, Is Innovation Measurable?
October 11, 2022 • 30 MIN
When was the last time you heard someone say “I don’t measure innovation?” That’s because measuring innovation has become a key part of running a successful company. In today’s competitive market, companies need to innovate constantly to stay ahead of their competition. However, measuring innovation isn’t always easy. This episode provides tips on how to measure innovation effectively so that you can improve your company’s performance. In this episode, we have guest Esther Gons, CEO and Co-Founder at GroundControl and Co-Author of Innovation Accounting and The Corporate Startup. Key Takeaways: - Diversity is important for any team, especially when working on something new. Only by having different perspectives can you achieve the best result. - If you are able to invalidate something really quick you can put your effort towards more optimistic ideas that are more validated. - Innovation is actually really difficult and requires a diverse group of people. To succeed, you need a diverse group of people who are willing to put in the effort. Esther shares her thoughts on how innovations begin with your company’s definition of innovation. She also talks about how innovation is really hard work and how diversity within your team provides different perspectives and this helps you to get the best results. You can reach Esther on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjohnson717/ or check out her book: https://innovationaccountingbook.com/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
E48, Why Strategic Product Management (SPM) is Important.
September 27, 2022 • 36 MIN
Product managers often get blamed for failing products. But the truth is, most product failures happen because the product manager didn't do enough research before making decisions. In order to make sure your product succeeds, you must first understand the customer. This means understanding what customers really want from your product and why. Once you've done that, you can begin designing a solution that will satisfy these needs. This is where strategic product management comes in. Strategic product management is the art of knowing what the customer wants before you build anything. It's the difference between building something great and just another mediocre product. In this episode, we have guest Steve Johnson, Chief Product Office at Product Growth Leaders. Key Takeaways: - Your goalie should never be your top scorer in soccer. - Don't love your product, love the customer's problem and make the product do what they want. - The goal of product management is for us to know our customers so well that we build a product that sells itself. You can reach Steve on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjohnson717/ or twitter: https://twitter.com/sjohnson717 For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for listening!
E47, Why Project Management is a Behavioral Discipline
September 13, 2022 • 40 MIN
The world of data analytics is changing at warp speed. New technologies are emerging every day, and we're seeing unprecedented amounts of data being generated. This means that we need to be able to analyze this data quickly and efficiently. We must use data to help us make better decisions. But data alone isn't enough. Without human insight, we may not understand the data well enough to make effective decisions. So we need to combine data analysis with human experience. In this episode, we have guest Marcus Glowasz, Transformation Strategy Advisor & Facilitator, Executive Coach. Key Takeaways: - Data and human experience insights are both necessary for any successful project management strategy - Without human insight, we may not understand the data well enough to make effective decisions - Failure becomes a goal in project management when you realize that you can't succeed without failing. You can reach Marcus on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcusglowasz/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this Website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks Listening!
E46, Effective Leadership - How to Tackle Difficult Conversations
August 30, 2022 • 36 MIN
Difficult conversations are inevitable in any organization. They happen every day, and they are often unavoidable. But most leaders aren’t trained to handle these situations effectively. Leadership is not just about being nice and polite; it is about making tough decisions and dealing with conflict. It takes courage and strength to make unpopular choices, especially when others disagree with you. This is why it is important to learn how to have difficult conversations. In this episode, we have guest Jerry E. Fu, Founder & Owner - Adapting Leaders, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting. You can Reach Jerry E. Fu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-e-fu-pharmd-acc-53710187/ Adapting leaders; https://www.adaptingleaders.com/ Visit the website: https://mindtheinnovation.com
E45, Why Trust Between Leaders and Employees is Crucial for Innovation and Growth
August 16, 2022 • 30 MIN
Trust is essential to any relationship. It’s also critical to employee engagement and productivity. In fact, research shows that companies with high levels of trust among their leaders and employees outperform their peers by 20%. But how do you build trust within your organization? And how does trust impact innovation and growth? In this episode, we have guest Dr. Toby Travis, Founder of TrustED® and Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group.
E44, Company Culture In A Hybrid Environment – Why It’s Important
August 2, 2022 • 40 MIN
Company culture is what makes your company unique. It’s what sets your company apart from other companies. It’s the foundation upon which everything else is built. In today’s fast-paced world, companies need to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. Companies that succeed in adapting to change often find themselves thriving in a hybrid environment where they operate across different channels. However, when they fail to integrate their culture into their daily operations, they risk losing their employees and customers. In this episode, we have guest Josh Levine, Owner of Great Mondays. Josh talks about why it is important to understand what makes up a company’s culture before trying to implement change. he talks about how values are important because they can help shape the culture of a company. When people share common values, they tend to work together more effectively. This means that they will have better communication skills. "Culture work is really only for organizations that want to have success in the long term" Josh Levine Key Takeaways: Culture work is really only for organizations that want to have success in the long term. Connect employees together so they feel part of a bigger community. The future of culture is really about communities internally and externally. Hybrid environments are becoming increasingly common in our modern society. As technology continues to advance, businesses must evolve their strategies to stay competitive. Creating a company culture when working remotely isn't always easy. There are many different factors that go into creating a successful culture, such as having clear communication standards, ensuring everyone knows what's expected, and establishing a set of core values. Some of these elements may seem obvious, but others may require some thought and planning When defining your company culture, it's important to remember that it's not just about what happens inside your office walls. Your company culture extends beyond those four walls and into the lives of everyone who works for you. Company culture is something that defines the values and beliefs of a group of employees. These values and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation within a family, and they are also taught by role models like parents and teachers. Companies that have a clear set of core values tend to perform better than others, and they also attract and retain top talent. However, many businesses struggle to integrate these values into their everyday operations. One of the biggest challenges is finding ways to communicate these values to everyone involved in the organization. To help ensure that your company culture remains strong, it's essential to address these issues early on. By doing so, you'll be able to avoid potential problems later on and create a positive environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued. You can reach Josh on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akajoshlevine/ or learn more about the Book: Great Mondays https://www.greatmondays.com/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #culture #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
E43, Entrepreneur or corporate explorer? A new choice for innovators
July 19, 2022 • 31 MIN
Corporate explorers are people who use their experience within a corporation to help launch new ventures. The biggest difference between corporate explorers and entrepreneurs is speed. Entrepreneurs tend to focus on creating a great product and growing it organically, whereas corporate explorers tend to focus on finding a market and scaling rapidly. In this episode, we have guest Andy Binns, Director and Co-Founder of Change Logic, LLC Andy talks about how corporate explorers are individuals who build innovative businesses within corporations. He talks about the rise of corporate explorers as one example of how companies are stepping up their efforts to find, nurture, and deploy new technologies. Corporations already own the ideas, resources, and critical talent to create disruptive innovation. But they need a way to bring these innovations to market quickly and efficiently. He also talks about how corporate explorers are an important part of this process because they can help identify promising technologies that might not be obvious or easy to develop on your own "I look at a Corporate Explorer and I see not only somebody who is driving a new business and new business model and new capability but also incubating a culture." Andy Binns Key Takeaways: When you hire a Corporate Explorer you should expect them to bring new ideas into the company, and help change the culture Corporate explorers are people who use their experience within a corporation to help launch new ventures Creativity is the most important skill in today’s workplace and creativity is about originality, innovation, and risk taking Corporate explorers can bring their knowledge of how things work in a big company to the table. They understand what resources are available to them, and can leverage those resources to make a successful business. The role of corporate explorers is evolving as companies look to build more strategic partnerships with startups and other external partners, but it’s still critical to have them in place. As we move into a new era of innovation, where technology will play a larger role in driving business growth, these corporate explorers will become even more essential. Corporate explorers are the bridge between your company and the startup ecosystem. They help you understand what’s happening on the ground, how startups are using emerging technologies, and how they can be applied to your own products or services Explorers don’t just look at things from one perspective. They see what others might miss. Explorers think differently about problems. And they take risks. So how do you become an explorer? Start by asking yourself some questions. Are you curious about everything around you? Do you like learning new things? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’re ready to start exploring. You can reach Andy on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjmbinns/ or learn more about the Book: Corporate Explorers: https://www.thecorporateexplorer.com/book For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #corporateexplorer #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
E42: Challenges around entrepreneurship (the good, the bad and the ugly side)
July 5, 2022 • 35 MIN
There's no doubt that entrepreneurship is exciting and rewarding. But there's also a lot of hard work involved. And sometimes that hard work isn't glamorous at all. That's why curiosity is important. Curiosity helps you understand the not glamorous side of entrepreneurial life. In this episode, we have guest Eric Lo, CEO and Co-founder at Krado Inc. Eric talks about the "pretty" and "ugly" sides of entrepreneurship and shares his experience when starting Krado (a plant care startup using data from sensors, and guidance from expert growers). He talks about the one thing you really need as an entrepreneurial person is curiosity, you need to be interested in the unknown and want to dive deep into it, this is the most important thing for you to keep yourself alive in this business. Eric also talks about the need for entrepreneurs to be "on their feet" learn new things constantly and adapt to constant rapid changes. "The biggest thing you have to do is believe in yourself. That's the biggest hurdle" Eric Lo. Key Takeaways: Entrepreneurship is a journey of learning. The biggest thing you need to do is believe in your ability to succeed. That's the biggest obstacle Failing means you're pushing hard. Failing means you're learning When you're curious about something, you ask questions. You don't just sit back and take things for granted. You explore, experiment, and try different approaches. Curiosity also means being willing to explore new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new experiences. Entrepreneurship is a journey, and you need to be open to exploring new paths, new places, and new people. In short, curiosity makes you better prepared for entrepreneurship. You can reach Eric on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-lo-krado/ or visit Krado: https://www.krado.co/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
E41: Don't underestimate the value of internal communication
June 21, 2022 • 34 MIN
As organizations become increasingly complex, innovative, and fast-paced, they need leaders who can build strong relationships within their teams and across organizational boundaries. Communication is essential because it helps you understand where your team members are coming from and what they need. Internal communication also allows you to build trust between your team members and yourself, which leads to better collaboration and faster decision-making. Change management is a critical factor in any organization. It requires planning, communication, implementation, and evaluation. Change management is not just about changing the status quo; it’s about creating new behaviors and attitudes. It’s about building a culture of continuous improvement where people are empowered to improve processes and outcomes. In this episode, we have guest Caleb Gardner, Founding Partner & Managing Partner at 18 Coffees. Caleb talks about effective communication and how important it is for managers to communicate with their teams and to their managers. He also talks about what it takes to succeed with change and that it's really important to get the right team together to lead the change at all levels. Another key point is how we underestimate the value of internal communication amongst our employees and staff and other stakeholders. You need to be able to get people involved and use communication as an important part of the toolkit and start planning for communication up front when working on change management. "If we don't get the people who are actually doing the work bought in on this new direction, it's not really going to be successful" Caleb Gardner. Key Takeaways: That the pandemic showed us that our assumptions about the nature of work were based on norms not necessarily anything that was of value. Communication planning is an essential part of the toolkit for change management. It has never been more important for businesses to build strong teams of employees who can adapt to changing conditions. But internal communication isn't only about sharing information. It's also about keeping everyone informed and involved. So don't overlook internal communication during the early stages of your change management initiative. We need to be curious about what others may have done before us and be open to trying new things. We must be collaborative and allow other people to contribute their own ideas. And we should always disrupt ourselves and our environment to see what else might come out of it. you can reach Caleb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/calebgardner/ or learn more right here: https://calebgardner.com/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
E40, Don't just go agile, be smart about becoming agile.
June 7, 2022 • 34 MIN
Most companies talk about their need to transform. They understand that they must change in order to succeed. However, few companies actually take action towards transforming. Agile has become the new normal in business. Companies large and small are adopting the principles behind agile, which means breaking traditional processes and aligning them around value creation instead of just moving things from point A to point B. Agile transformations are often challenging because they require a change in mindset and approach for both those leading the effort and those following. An agile transformation requires a willingness to embrace change and uncertainty. Leaders must understand that there will be resistance to change and that it takes time to get buy-in. In this episode, we have guest Mark Adler Madsen, Co-Founder & Partner at Aspire Innovation. Mark talks about that it's not an agile transformation it's an agile evolution. Agile evolution is important because it helps organizations become more agile and flexible. In other words, it allows companies to change quickly by letting them adopt new technology and skills faster. Mark also talks about how agile methodologies excel when tackling complex problems and emphasize that it’s when you need to apply these methods that you really get the most value from them. Another key component to succeeding with agile is that leadership needs to be on board with it and you need to realize that this is not another process change.. "Just keep asking questions, because you don't necessarily know what the right questions are" Mark Adler Madsen. Key takeaways: # How agile evolution allows companies to embrace change while still maintaining stability. # That leadership needs to be on board with it and you need to realize that this is not another process change. # You need to have a learning loop in everything you do. Agile transformations are often challenging because they require a change in mindset and approach for both those leading the effort and those following. An agile transformation requires a willingness to embrace change and uncertainty. Leaders must understand that there will be resistance to change and that it takes time to get buy-in. We live in a time where technological advancements happen faster than ever before. Not only do businesses need to adapt to these changes, but they must also ensure their employees are able to keep up with the pace of innovation. You can reach Mark on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/markadlermadsen/ or learn more about Aspire Innovation right here: https://www.aspire-innovation.com/ or more For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify or wherever you like to listen. https://www.linkedin.com/in/markadlermadsen/ you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #Agile #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
E39: What Determines Whether A Startup Will Fail Or Succeed In The Market?
May 24, 2022 • 37 MIN
A startup is a risky business. There are so many unknown variables that it’s difficult to predict what could happen if you fail. That’s why it’s important to learn how to navigate uncertainty. When you do, you’ll be able to avoid making costly mistakes. You’ll also be able to make better decisions when things go south. In this episode, we have guests Kim & Todd Saxton, Award-winning professors at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business and co-authors of 'The Titanic Effect'. Kim & Todd talks about how the entrepreneurial journey involves navigating uncertainty rather than taking risks. They talk about that if you can handle uncertainty and create opportunities as well as create challenges then you're in a better position to not just navigate but to take advantage of that uncertainty to create a positive inflection point for your business. They also talk about the two main reasons why startup fails - one is the lack of good market fit and the other one is they are running out of money. Market fit refers to how well a company fits into its target audience. It’s also known as customer fit or product fit. If you don’t know who your customers are, you won’t be able to create the products they want. You may think you know what your customers want, but if you don’t test your assumptions with real customers, you could end up building something nobody wants. "We're both very passionate about enabling the innovators." Kim and Todd Saxton Key takeaways: Startups fail because they lack a good product/market fit & they are running out of money The importance of learning how to navigate and address the uncertainties and unknowns when you start a new venture. Having good discovery skills is important for startups There are many things that make up successful startups. A passionate, driven, and committed founder is very important. Being patient and persistent is also important. Observing, listening, and learning is other things that make up successful startups. A successful leader should be passionate about what he or she does. He or she should also be able to lead by example. Startups need leaders who know how to manage people and projects. Leaders must be able to work well with others, and they must know how to make decisions. Startups are always trying new things. You should too. Don't be afraid to try something new or different. You can reach Kim and Todd on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/profmkimsaxton/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-saxton-7625368/ To learn more about The Titanic Effect - click here: https://www.titaniceffect.com/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #startups #peoplecentric #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurship #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
E38 Bonus - Winning Innovation - Interview with Norbert Majerus
May 17, 2022 • 8 MIN
Bonus Episode. Interview with Norbert about his new book called: Winning Innovation - An engaging business novel, Winning Innovation dives into the art and science of innovation. In today’s fast-paced business environment, leaders need to develop innovative ways to drive organizational success. This requires a shift in mindset – away from traditional management practices towards more agile and collaborative approaches. In Winning Innovation, Norbert Majerus takes you on an exciting and interesting R&D transformation journey, the business novel explores a lot of the ups and downs everyone experiences when working in research and development (R&D). It shows that for successful business transformation, organizations must focus on people, communication, and processes. You can reach Norbert on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/norbert-majerus-5a746235/ Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Innovation-Excellence-Sustained-Prosperity-ebook/dp/B09V3G7LN8/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3V4CJBRJQ6Q5H&keywords=norbert+majerus&qid=1652548112&sprefix=norbert+majerus%2Caps%2C123&sr=8-1 or here: https://www.routledge.com/Winning-Innovation-How-Innovation-Excellence-Propels-an-Industry-Icon-Toward/Majerus-Taninecz/p/book/9781032139890 For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #peoplecentric #effectiveness #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
E37: Why Companies Must Invest In People Centered Leadership Development
May 10, 2022 • 38 MIN
People-centric Leadership doesn't mean being soft or forgetting the profits. It means thinking of the impact of leadership on the people who worked for you and behaving in such a way that brings out their best for you and the company. As a leader in business, you need to understand what makes people tick. You need to be able to connect with them on a personal level. You need to be empathetic. You need to be a people person. In this episode, we have guest Heather Polivka, CEO of Heather P Solutions. Heather talks about why (and how) to embrace a more people-centric leadership style and why leadership development is essential for any company to succeed. People are the most valuable asset in any company and leaders should focus on making sure that everyone feels valued. She talks about how brands start from the beginning with the brand itself and then define values in terms of behaviors. It's all about making sure they hold themselves accountable for leading inside these behaviors that will make their company succeed. Leaders must take time out to examine ways in which their employees can be inspired to perform better. This can be done by recognizing them for their efforts and giving them positive feedback. Key takeaways: Why does fear impact our productivity zone versus the reward response in our brain The stuff that most companies miss is they do not then define the values in terms of behaviors Why you should adopt a more people-centric approach to leadership. You can reach Heather on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherpolivka/ Learn more about Heather and HeatherP Solutions at: https://www.heatherpsolutions.com For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #peoplecentric #effectiveness #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
E36: Why You Need To Be An Audacious Leader
April 26, 2022 • 41 MIN
Audacious leaders are those who are willing to admit when they are wrong. They are also honest about what they do not know. This makes them vulnerable and shows others that they are human. They are brave enough to make mistakes and learn from them. Audacious leaders work alongside their people. In this episode, we have guest Roy Osing, former president, CMO, and entrepreneur. Roy talks about how audacious leaders work alongside their people. They let them know why they are doing what they're doing. They involve their people in problem-solving and opportunity making. He also talks about how audacious leaders are willing to get the best results through honest collaborations and compromises, and that they're open to new ideas and ways of doing business. They exercise humility to allow communal successes and network growth. "Motivating people was all about connecting with them emotionally" Roy Osing Learn more here: https://mindtheinnovation.com/why-you-need-to-be-an-audacious-leader-roy-osing-episode-36/ For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening!
E35: Intrapreneurship - What Is It And How Does It Matter In Today's World?
April 12, 2022 • 31 MIN
An intrapreneur is a person who creates something from nothing. They are usually self-starters who are able to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions. They are often seen as the future leaders of companies because they are constantly looking for ways to improve their own work environment. In this episode, we have guest RJ Grimshaw, CEO for UniFi , Intrapreneur, Investor, Growth Champion. For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening!
E34: Understand why framing your problem statement matters.
March 29, 2022 • 31 MIN
Problems are always solved by people, and business problems today are increasingly more complex and ambiguous. That makes it harder to clearly define and articulate them. Framing helps to structure thinking about these problems by giving them a specific light. In the end, framing helps people to see things in a particular light. In this episode, we have guest Jamie Flinchbaugh Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Consultant, and Author. Jamie talks about how he has watched people struggle to get better at problem-solving and the most important one is just framing the problem that you're dealing with. So, if we're stuck with any kind of a problem, then we need to have a little bit of tension, a little bit of conflict, challenge each other to think harder, and then break out of our current situation. And those breakthroughs require so much more effort. And so I believe that good problem solving should invite disagreement. "Ownership is about taking the next step, not just seeing a problem and looking back and admiring the problem and just hoping somebody comes along." Jamie Flinchbaugh. For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. Jamie Flinchbaugh ►LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamieflinchbaugh/ ►Website https://www.jflinch.com/ you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sannahvinding/ or visit this website: https://mindtheinnovation.com Thanks for Listening!
E33 Keep Investing In Leadership Skills And Become A Better Leader
March 15, 2022 • 31 MIN
Keep Investing In Leadership Skills And Become A Better Leader. In today’s world, organizations need to be proactive about leadership development. Leaders must develop their skills and abilities to meet the challenges of the future. Only two out of five businesses think they are developing leaders who benefit the company. Leaders who adapt well are those who are quick to learn new things. Adaptation is a key part of leadership because you need to know when to change your approach based on what happens around you. You also need to be flexible enough to understand that people may behave differently depending on the situation or environment. Leadership development is an important part of change management. In this episode, we have guest Mark Herschberg, MIT Instructor, Fractional CTO, and the author of the book, The Career Toolkit.
E32: Almost no one likes change, but change is necessary for growth
March 1, 2022 • 28 MIN
Change management is an integral part of any business strategy because it helps employees feel comfortable with the changes occurring around them. People should feel safe when making changes, and they should also know what they're getting into before they start. Companies should provide support for employees who are going through change, and they should also help them prepare for the changes. In this episode, we have guest Charlotte Allen, CEO of Rebel Success for Leaders.
E31 How to think outside of your own experience.
February 15, 2022 • 27 MIN
Reflecting on what you've learned helps you retain information better. It also allows you to apply what you know to new situations. So this episode is a re-run where I had a great conversation with Terry Barnhart about how to teach people to think better - especially the advantages of skill stack, work in collaboration, and how to think outside of your own experience.
E30 What exactly is an innovation strategy?
February 1, 2022 • 38 MIN
Strategy is about choosing between a number of different options to get the best possible result. Innovation is just one of the methods used to achieve your strategic goal. Without a good innovation strategy, it's hard to achieve long-term results. An innovation strategy is a plan for developing new products or services that will help you grow your business. In this episode, we have guest Bruno Pešec, who helps business leaders innovate profitably & President of Pesec Global. Bruno talks about how an innovation strategy is an approach to managing change that focuses on new ideas and ways of doing things. It helps companies think about how they will respond to changes in their environment. An innovation strategy can help a company plan for the future, make decisions about its products and services, and communicate these plans effectively.
E29: Your strength as a leader comes from yourself
January 18, 2022 • 27 MIN
Leadership is about helping people to realize their potential. If you want to lead, you must learn to listen. People often think that leaders are born, not made. But leadership is learned. Leaders are learners. They learn from experience, from mistakes, from successes, from other people. They learn from themselves and from each other. They learn to ask questions, to seek answers, to understand why things happen. In this episode, we have guest Stacy Ashley, High-Performance Leadership and Coaching Expert. Stacy Ashley talks about that you need to be connected, have the skill set to connect to yourself because your strength as a leader comes from yourself. She talks about how you must be able to contribute as a leader and provide leadership to the people who are looking to you for leadership. "Leadership is about helping people to bring those gifts out and really help people to realize their potential" Stacy Ashley Key takeaways: 1. Understand how leadership is about helping people to realize their potential. 2. Recognizing that being able to communicate online is a new important leadership skillset. 3. Understand how you can improve as a leader by stopping speaking as much and starting to listen more.
E28: How to overcome failure & setbacks
January 4, 2022 • 36 MIN
Setbacks in life are inevitable. You can choose to view them as positive lessons instead. We should learn from our mistakes, but we shouldn't dwell on them. Minor setbacks can help us grow stronger and get closer to reaching our goals. You also need to take responsibility for your own success. If you want to be successful, you must take ownership of your actions and results. You will not achieve success if you blame others or circumstances for your failures. Instead, learn from your mistakes and make changes to improve yourself. In this episode, we have guest Darrell Evans, Digital Growth Strategist & Co-Founder & CMO of Yokel Local Internet Marketing. Darrell Evans talks about the MindShift Method - where you must make peace with the facts, make new decisions based on those facts, make a plan and make it happen. He also talks about how leadership is the art of being able to pivot and being interested in the outcome of the whole and just not really worried about your role in terms of who gets the credit. "We can't take responsibility for someone else's mistakes. But we got to take our responsibility for: Is there something I could have done as a leader to end up with a better outcome?" Darrell Evans.
E27: Vulnerability in the workplace is the root of authentic leadership
December 21, 2021 • 38 MIN
It’s a well-known fact that people who are vulnerable are more likely to be liked, trusted, and respected. They make better leaders because they are open to feedback, willing to admit mistakes, and able to connect with others on an emotional level. In this episode, we have guest Zoe Routh, Strategist & Leadership Expert, Owner of Inner Compass. Zoë Routh talks about how vulnerability and openness are two key leadership qualities that are often lacking in today's organizations. She also talks about how you can practice workplace transparency and how we need to expand our perspective (deep and wide perspective). One way is to dive deep below the surface is to use a visual representation called a "problem tree" which helps people understand complex issues by breaking them down into smaller parts. "if we're not learning from what didn't work, then we are not progressing" Zoë Routh.
E26: Innovation readiness is a critical issue for any organization
December 7, 2021 • 34 MIN
It's easy to think of innovation as something that happens only in the lab or in small start-ups. Yet innovation is a key component of every business strategy. In fact, the term “innovation” itself derives from the Latin word meaning “to find again.” Companies need to continually reinvent themselves to remain competitive. They do this by developing new products, services, and ways of doing things. Companies need an innovation strategy because innovation is a complex undertaking. In addition to the usual suspects—technology, people, and capital—innovations depend on a host of other factors, including organizational structure, culture, and the nature of competition. Most important, however, is the innovation system itself: the set of interrelated activities, structures, and processes that govern how a company goes about searching for novel problems and solutions. In this episode, we have guest Michael Haynes, B2B Customer Strategy Consultant & Business Growth Strategy Planning at Listen Innovate Grow. Michael Haynes talks about that there are 5 elements of business innovation: product, services, organizational structure, process, and your marketing strategy and to succeed you need to be in alignment with your customer market and B2B buyer needs. He also talks about that doing the upfront work really sets the framework for how you move forward and the lack of not doing enough of that that leads to miss opportunities or creating products that people don't want. "We need to fail to a degree so that we can learn so we know how to move forward, how to be innovative and competitive" Michael Haynes.
E25: The Four P's to Entrepreneurial Business Success
November 23, 2021 • 32 MIN
In order to become an entrepreneur, you must have entrepreneurial freedom. Entrepreneurship is not a choice, it is a necessity. If you choose to start a business, you must have the right products, processes, and people to make it successful. Entrepreneurship coaches provide feedback, coaching skills, motivation, and direction for entrepreneurs who want to create an impactful business. They also provide support for new ideas, strategies, and tactics. In this episode, we have guest Peter Mohr, Entrepreneurial coach at Simplifying Entrepreneurship and President at Shoetopia Footwear "What we're trying to do as a coaching community really is to make help and guide those people, become better people and better leaders" Peter Mohr Peter Mohr talks about how entrepreneurs achieve entrepreneurial freedom by having the right products, processes, people, and profits starting to flow in (the 4 P's.). He talks about how leadership is not just about influencing people but communicating effectively: Communication is the key to leadership.
E24: Design thinking - it starts with empathy every time
November 9, 2021 • 33 MIN
Problem solving is an essential part of life. It's how we get through everyday challenges and solve problems. Problem solving skills are also critical for success in the workplace. Design Thinking is an approach to innovation that combines creativity and critical thinking to solve problems. Empathy is an essential part of Design Thinking. Empathy allows designers to see the world from another person's perspective. It also gives designers the ability to think creatively and solve complex problems. In this episode, we have guest Gabriel Yoder, Product Portfolio Manager - Discovery & Development at IPM. Gabriel Yoder talks about how design thinking starts with empathy and If you want to be great at human-centered design you need to be empathetic. He talks about the importance of listening, learning, and also valuing people's opinions at any point in the process and how human centeredness is such a critical part of being a good leader. "I believe that everybody has creativity to be unlocked." Gabriel Yoder.
E23: Transparency in leadership is an essential component of effective management.
October 26, 2021 • 31 MIN
Transparency in the workplace is an effective way to create a positive company culture and foster employee loyalty and engagement. Leaders who practice transparency in the workplace reap many rewards, including increased productivity, improved morale, and better customer service. In this episode, we have guest Lauren Winans, CEO and Principal Consultant at Next Level Benefits. Lauren Winans talks about how engaged employees are vital to the success of any organization and how open communication creates a culture of transparency which will lead to better employee engagement. She talks about how essential it is for leaders to communicate regularly and often - Effective leadership is all about communicating effectively. "The biggest mistake I see is when leaders don't regularly communicate expectation and or they don't take the time to provide feedback in the moment." Lauren Winans. #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #learnwithsannah #management #leadership #keeplearning #podcast #strategy #innovation #podcast #corporateinnovation #strategyandtransformation #leadershipdevelopment #innovation #culture #futureleaders #peopleskills #companyculture #leadershipdevelopment
E22 How to inspire leaders to change their approach to innovation in the corporate landscape
October 12, 2021 • 30 MIN
Innovation requires risk-taking, but it also demands that we learn how to fail well. Due to the pace and scale of change are accelerating organizations must adapt to survive which means businesses need to evolve faster than ever to remain relevant and successful. It's important to open innovation up to everyone to spark curiosity. In this episode, we have guest Ally Muller, Innovation Leader & Managing Director GOYA Consulting Ally Muller talks about when you want to innovate effectively, you need to look beyond traditional ways of doing things. She talks about if something is not working that is not necessarily a bad thing, the importance is actually how we use the information, how we store the information, how we share that information, and how we can change it to be a lesson learned. "Transparency also brings out that dark side. That dark side also helps us start to overcome the problems, the barriers and the issues that maybe we hadn't got to yet." Ally Muller #sannahvinding #mindtheinovation #learnwithsannah #management #leadership #keeplearning #podcast #strategy #peopleskills #culture #leadershipdevelopment #innovation #change #future #futureleaders
E21 When implementing a change, you're asking people to go into the unknown with you.
September 29, 2021 • 32 MIN
Change is inevitable in the workplace, but it doesn't have to be disruptive or chaotic. In fact, there are many ways to implement organizational changes that will lead to success for your organization. The first step towards implementing any kind of organizational change is preparing your organization and yourself for it. In this episode, we have guest Flip Brown, Founder & CEO of Business Culture Consultant Flip Brown talks about what is needed to succeed with an organizational change and how important is to access the employee's level of optimism about the future of the company because if people are optimistic, then they will put energy into the change efforts. But if they're pessimistic, it's going to be a wait-and-see attitude. He also talks about how important it is to have shared ownership of the process of continuous improvement to ensure success. "Transformational change is when you have an epiphany such that you realize that you really from this moment on, things must be different now." Flip Brown.
E20 Strategy process is the perfect vehicle to shape culture
September 14, 2021 • 33 MIN
Many leaders struggle with strategy. Understanding the key steps in strategy implementation is critical to being a successful and effective leader within your company. In this episode, we have guest Alex Brueckmann, ESG Advocate, Business Strategist, Board Advisor & Author. Alex Brueckmann talks about why it is important to understand the need for change and being able to manage change and how this is an important ingredient in any strategy process. He also talks about that there is no better way to shape a company's culture than through a rigorous strategy process. "If you want to design and implement strategy, you need what we call strategic acumen, the ability to think and act strategically." Alex Brueckmann
E19 How Does Lean Construction Help Companies Become More Efficient?
August 31, 2021 • 32 MIN
What is Lean Construction? The main difference between lean construction and traditional approaches is that lean construction looks for opportunities to improve efficiency rather than just trying to reduce cost. In this episode, we have guest John Zachara, Vice President at Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc, Lean coach, and also an active member of the Lean Construction Institute Chicago Community of Practice. John Zachara talks about how to start with lean construction, the eight waste of construction, and being able to communicate and deliver on expectations is a key to success. "Lean Construction is really about how do we do things, how do we build in this industry in a more efficient manner." John Zachara #mindtheinnovation #sannahvinding #podcast #innovation #unlockinnovation #keeplearning  #learnwithsannah #leanconstruction #leadership #management #lean #agile #eightwaste
E18 KPIs have not evolved, the way we use KPI's has evolved
August 17, 2021 • 32 MIN
What are KPIs and what do they mean and how can you use them to improve performance? First of all, KPIs are not targets to be hit, they help you identify areas where improvements need to be made so you can focus your efforts accordingly. In this episode, we have guest Jeff Smith, Motivational Speaker & Virtual Broadcaster on Advanced Leadership for KPI and Business Management at Jeff-Smith.com. Jeff Smith talks about how key performance indicators are not measuring people, they're measuring activities, and life is about cause and effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the causes. He also explains the difference between baseline and benchmarking and how baseline gives us insights. "I don't think KPI has evolved. I think the way we use KPI has evolved that that's the thing. So they've always been there. We just make other people aware that they exist" Jeff Smith #mindtheinnovation #sannahvinding #podcast #innovation #unlockinnovation #keeplearning  #learnwithsannah #KPI #leadership #SannahUnlocksInnovation
E17 If you're only trying things that succeed  You're not going to innovate
August 3, 2021 • 32 MIN
Why is agile important for a learning organization? Agile is about teaching the mindset that we are always questioning what we are doing. In this episode, we have guest who is the Chief Principal Consultant at Solid Reason and also the founder of "agile club'. Ricardo Liberato talks about being agile, how agility is the key to innovation, and how failures are a learning journey that feeds and creates a learning and innovative organization. Ricardo also talks about how important it is to be exposed to things that are happening outside the organization, a way to do this is by being part of a community. When you join communities, you are exposed to all levels of diversity and this is where you learn and get inspired. "It's all about being able to think about what you want to do, work on it as a team, reflect on what you did, have psychological safety to bring out the best in everyone that is in your team." Ricardo Liberato #mindtheinnovation #unlockinnovation #innovation #podcast #sannahvinding #keeplearning #lean #agility #learnwithsannah #sannahunlocksinnovation
E16 The importance of being a people-centric organization
July 20, 2021 • 20 MIN
How do you build a people-centric culture? you start with aligning with people's values. The culture is the secret sauce and it is unique for every business - it's all about fostering a culture where the employees feel valued and engaged. In this episode, we have guest Jared Allmond, who is a culture collaborator and partners with HR and L&D professionals to ethically and safely strengthen culture. He is a compliance solutions account executive at Skillsoft. Jared Allmond talks about why culture matters to organizations and why it's important for employees to see the core values being lived, and not just talk about them. He also talks about how organizations that are people-centric are succeeding by being involved in employees resource groups where the employees now have an opportunity to be heard, valued, and engaged. "Organizations that understand the value in having a true chief people officer and giving them true autonomy to lead that component of the business are the ones that are going to be really, really successful in future work." Jared Allmond #mindtheinnovation #sannahvinding #podcast #unlockinnovation #keeplearning #continuouslearning #culture #corevalues #peoplecentric
E15 Coach or mentor? You need both.
July 6, 2021 • 26 MIN
Encouraging coaching and mentorship are key components when managing modern employees. The right skills play a critical role in driving future success and it is all about asking the right questions, empower employees, provide feedback, know each individual's strengths and be a great listener. Coach to inspire — and to learn. In this episode, we have guest Andy Skipper, founder and chief of CTO coach. Andy Skipper talks about how he started coaching people outside of the companies that he was working with and that drew him into coaching as a professional. As a mentor he brings his own experience and the benefit of his own 'CTO scars' and then he coaches to unlock leadership potential through goal setting, asking the right questions, improving communication, and boost self-awareness. "As a mentor, you bring your own experience and you give them the benefit of your scars" Andy Skipper. #mindtheinnovation #sannahvinding #podcast #innovation #unlockinnovation #keeplearning  #mentor #coach #community
E14 How a Lean-Agile Mindset and Practices can Improve Your Product Development Outcome
June 22, 2021 • 26 MIN
How can you radically reduce idea-to-market cycle times? How do you build sustainable, profitable growth for the business through better product development and the elimination of waste? Learn more about lean/agile methodology and why lean product development is not about cost reduction. In this episode, we have guest Steve Stucky, Agile/Lean Product Development Coach and also the president of the Minneapolis Chapter PDMA. Steve Stucky talks about Lean-Agile methodology and how he employs a multi-layer approach to improve product development focusing on changes needed at the Process, Practice, and Pipeline layers. He shares his holistic approach on how the Lean-Agile methodology incorporates elements of both continuous delivery and continuous improvement, optimized across the entire value stream. Steve Stucky has more than +30 years of product development experience within the industrial manufacturing and medical device industry. He is known for improving product development performance, driving organic growth, and building highly effective teams. He is an Agile/Lean Product Development Coach and also the president of the Minneapolis Chapter PDMA. "There's a lot of waste in most business's product development practices, and it's about focusing on how to make sure that teams can deliver what's important for the business in a shorter cycle time than they were able to do today." Steve Stucky
E13 Failing fast is a great thing, but fail forward - so that you're moving
June 8, 2021 • 26 MIN
What is the secret sauce for a successful product launch? The secret is to create a knowledge-intensive company where there is a dynamic between knowledge creation and knowledge sharing across the entire company. Listen to Sudhanshu Srivastava talk about how to develop a product mindset with a joint responsibility throughout the company. He talks about how important it is that we all are responsible for the success of the product, which translates into business success, which also translates into customer success. Sudhanshu Srivastava is an accomplished product and customer executive. Sudhanshu is the business owner of Navikarna that focuses on business agility coaching and customer success. Previously he was the VP of customer success at SAP focusing on driving people transformation together with building an organization. "You have to adapt the way it works for your team. And this is about the team making that decision. So once they start taking the decision, the skin is getting into the game and then they start changing. And it is a slow process. But that's the transformation. and that's the victory" Sudhanshu Srivastava.
E12 Don't be afraid to adapt and adjust your methods of learning.
May 25, 2021 • 57 MIN
How can decision making and problems solving skills be improved? What is sense-making teaching/learning and can it helps us to solve problems better? Learn how to help your people work together more effectively by changing your way of teaching. In this episode, we have guest Fred Leland, director and Principal Trainer for Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (LESC). Fred Leland talks about the difference in teaching stimulus responses vs sense-making. He shares his journey on how he ended up reshaping his methods of teaching -  instead of teaching how to think and do,  he now teaches how to actually think and how to solve the problems. The goal is to get individuals to make better decisions and handle dynamic problems better. Fred Leland is the director and Principal Trainer for Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (LESC). Fred is a retired Lieutenant and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 216, where he specialized in terrorism related topics, leadership, and management. "I think when we learn to develop and teach people how to think right and how to do it,  instead of telling them what to think and what to do - this is a big step in the right direction" Fred Leland.
E11 How to think outside of your own experiences
May 11, 2021 • 26 MIN
What are the tools you teach people about how to think? How do you get teams to work together collaboratively on learning? It's really hard. Every high-performing team goes through cycles of growth and development and what really matters is how the team thinks and acts together. In this episode, we have guest Terry Barnhart, Novartis Global Organizational Development Team. Terry Barnhart talks about how to watch and create change in an organization in order for that organization to do better for the people in the organization. Terry Barnhart an expert in delivering operational, cultural, and innovation transformations to multi-national companies. He is part of Novartis Global Organizational Development Team. "If we can't get out of the straitjacket mental models. Then we can't innovate. That's the thing that's holding you back." Terry Barnhart
E10 Let Go and Stay Curious so You Can Ask the Good Questions
April 28, 2021 • 28 MIN
How good is your company at problem-solving? Learn more about how LEGO serious play works as a catalyst and can improve the implementation of a lean management system in your organization. The lean mindset is effective in any process-driven environment whether it's in the delivery of a service or a product. In this episode, we have guest Paul Dunlop, Principal of Dunlop Consultant. Paul Dunlop talks about removing fear from the environment and legitimately tapping into that conversation around how can we make things better and not talk about the bottleneck of perfection. Paul Dunlop is the Principal of Dunlop Consultant, and are supporting organizations and individuals to go from chaos to calm productivity "I wanted people to be able to make decisions, to be empowered, to have that permission, and for the process to be robust that I could walk away." Paul Dunlop
E9 Marketing Innovation - the Business Side of Innovation
April 20, 2021 • 34 MIN
Many companies are making poor decisions in their marketing messaging, which leads to terrible outcomes. Understanding both the sales and marketing side as well as the technology side can lead to better Solutions and Innovation. In this episode, we have guest David Shiller, President of Lighting Solution Development. David Shiller talks about how the manufacturing industry was forced to rethink its sales and marketing strategy due to the pandemic and how to build a digital marketing strategy by focusing on very specific Target audiences and messaging. David Shiller is the president of Lighting Solution Development, a consulting company providing product and business development for the advanced lighting industry. "The marketing department speaks as the company salesman speaks as a human being and people are much more interested in interacting with human beings thing," David Shiller Mind The Innovation Podcast with Sannah Vinding
E8 What Is the Secret of Amazon's Huge Success?
April 6, 2021 • 44 MIN
Why is amazon one of the most successful companies worldwide and what innovation strategies drive their ongoing quest to become the most customer-centric company?  Amazon has mastered the art of innovation on a massive scale by becoming a massive cluster of highly innovative and driven teams.  In this episode, we have guest Robin Gaster, President of Incumetrics Inc. Robin Gaster talks about how he believes that Amazon is the most innovative big company on the planet. Robin Gaster is the President of Incumetrics and Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Institute for Public Policy, and the author of the highly anticipated book, Behemoth – Amazon Rising: Power and Seduction in the Age of Amazon. "Amazon has these teams and they have built an ecosystem and a culture that is constantly, proactively seeking to improve outcomes for customers." Robin Gaster. Mind The Innovation Podcast with Sannah Vinding
E7 A World of Thinking and Learning
March 28, 2021 • 49 MIN
What is learning? Learning is processing information to the extent that. you are mastering it and can apply it in any way. Companies will need to rethink how work is organized within their organization and the change will require redesigned business processes and a new focus on the talent they have—and the talent they need. The evolving development of skill sets in a company is the most critical avenue the company faces because, without the right skills and the right people, a company will not succeed. In this episode, we have guest Chaim Guggenheim, Co-Founder, and CEO at Stealth L&D Start-Up. Listen to Chaim Guggenheim talk about learning, skill sets, micro-skilling, and how to teach people to learn. Chaim Guggenheim is an economist and cognitive specialist he has a deep knowledge of corporate structures and uses learning and critical thinking to advance organizations' missions and performance. "What is learning? Learning is processing information to the extent that. you are mastering it and can apply it in any way." Chaim Guggenheim Mind The Innovation Podcast with Sannah Vinding
E6 The Role of Leadership in Changing Organizational Culture
March 13, 2021 • 39 MIN
Every employee impacts an organization's direction, but leadership has by far the largest and most direct effect on company culture. At the end of the day, leaders are the ones who can make or break it, the choices they make impacts employees engagement, and performance which in the end will influence the business results and performance. In this episode, we have guest Jeff Hastie, Founder, and President at Learn-Apply-Lead. It’s one thing to say it. It’s another thing to see it in action. Listen to Jeff Hastie and learn from his 19 years of experience at Bose, where he developed a systematic approach to solutions development and change adoption for Bose. "So the world keeps changing and getting more complex. And if you don't bring your people in your capability, your systems management systems along to compensate for that, you will not be able to keep up." Jeff Hastie
E5 How to drive digital innovation across  businesses, departments, borders, and cultures.
February 21, 2021 • 24 MIN
Digital transformation is driving business innovation in many industries, and many companies are failing to actually take the leap and digitalize their communication with their customers, partners, and even within their own organization. Driving digital innovation is hard work and is not all about technology. In this episode, we have guest Charlotte Nytoft, Founder and owner of CNR Consulting. Listen to Charlotte Nytoft and learn more about how to drive digital innovation across businesses, departments, borders, and cultures. "Digitalization can lead to process innovation and efficiency by simplifying the way information is accessed" Charlotte Nytoft.
E4 The importance of accepting the early stages of innovation
February 9, 2021 • 18 MIN
The value of digital data collection is on everybody's mind and there are a lot of benefits of how data collection and innovation can increase project productivity and efficiency. It has never been more important than now to begin your company’s digital data collection. If executed correctly, it drives efficiency and transparency. In this episode, we have guest Louise Them Kjølholm, Chief Advisor Environmental & Social Risk at EKF. Listen to the podcast with Louise Them Kjølholm and learn more about a newly developed assessment tool enabling project efficiency, project transparency (for users and stakeholders), which has initiated the digital data collection journey. "I have a passion for innovation because I love to improve processes in order to achieve better results" Louise Them Kjølholm.
E3 The process is easy, it's the people part that is the difficult one.
January 17, 2021 • 20 MIN
This podcast episode features Norbert Majerus, Business Owner & Retired from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co When working with lean product development in R&D, the process is easy, it's the people part that is the difficult one. You get benefits from a lean transformation, but if you don't get the whole organization engaged you won't succeed. Those benefits go up exponentially if you get everybody engaged.
E2 It's all about the people - become better problem solvers
December 20, 2020 • 21 MIN
With lean we talk about that we want things to be simple. You are making things easier for people, either making it easier for your customer or the work easier for your employees or you're making it easier for people to grow and learn. So it's always about: can you make things better for people? In this episode, we have guest Bella Englebach, Lead Consultant at Lean for Humans. In the end: it's all about the people - become better problem solvers
E1 Passion for lean product development
November 27, 2020 • 15 MIN
This episode features Bob Melvin, Vice President of Engineering at Teledyne Marine Systems. Here, he shares his passion for lean and how he started practicing lean product development principles early on in his career and didn’t know back then that it was called lean.