Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

Leading the Unleadable: Transforming Friction to Innovation

February 20, 2018

Alan Willett

Alan Willett, President of Oxseeker, is a master at transforming friction points in technology-dependent organizations into innovation and the author of the award-winning book Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People. Originally a software engineer, he quickly took on management positions as a result of his strong organizational skills and commitment. At Xerox, he was part of the management team that created Xerox’s first-ever digital print production system. Throughout his career, Alan has worked side by side with executives and leading experts from around the world.

In this podcast, Alan talks about why it’s important for organizations to find ways to harness the energy of those people that appear to be difficult and even unleadable. He discusses why the problem is often with the leaders, rather than the employees, and tells us why organizations need friction to keep innovation alive.

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Ruthless is Not a Dirty Word: How Being Thoughtfully Ruthless Builds Successful Leadership

June 15, 2016

val-wrightVal Wright
Val Wright Consulting

Internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright has been named one of the top 50 resources for Chief Operating Officers. She has worked with such companies as Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, Harrods, Marconi, the Sema Group, Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Financial Times, and DreamWorks Animation. She is a regular contributor to CNBC, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, MSN, and Today, as well as the author of the recently released book Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth.

In this podcast, Val talks about why being thoughtfully ruthless is critical for today’s leaders. She discusses how successful leaders are thoughtfully ruthless with their intentions, energy and resources, and how she has integrated these concepts into her own successful consulting practice.

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Make it So: Why the Maker Movement Is Driving Digital Transformation

March 1, 2016

Mark Hatch
CEO and Co-Founder

Mark Hatch is CEO and co-founder of TechShop, and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years, and multiple new locations have opened across the U.S. Mark has held executive positions at such firms as Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. His book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released in 2013. Mark has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs, and by Popular Mechanics as one of the 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream.

In this podcast, Mark talks about the power of the Maker Movement, and how this changes not just the way consumers buy goods, but also how brands will market to them. He discusses why key forces converging make this the ideal time for the next creative revolution to take hold, and why it’s likely this may be even bigger than the Internet.

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Differentiate and Compete with Operational Empowerment

February 19, 2016

shawn-casemoreShawn Casemore
Casemore & Co

Shawn Casemore has been helping business owners empower their businesses for more than a decade. As author of the Amazon #1 new release from McGraw Hill Operational Empowerment: Collaborate, Innovate and Engage to Beat the Competition, Shawn speaks regularly to CEOs and business owners for TEC, Vistage, and MacKay’s CEO Forums on topics related to improving business performance and profitability by maximizing employee, supplier, and customer empowerment.

In this podcast, Shawn talks about the importance of empowering customers by creating a strong employee-customer connection. He discusses how CEOs and executives can tap into the innovation that’s already happening within their businesses in order to drive growth.

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Cut Through The Clutter: How Focusing on One Big Idea Positions Thought Leaders for Success

August 13, 2014

mark-levy-smMark Levy
Levy Innovation LLC

Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation, a positioning firm that helps consultants and other thought leaders increase their fees by up to 2000%. His clients include Marshall Goldsmith, Simon Sinek, David Meerman Scott, the CEOs of major brands, the former head of the Strategy Unit of the Harvard Business School, and many TED and TEDx speakers. His book Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insights, and Content has been translated into 10 languages.

In this podcast, Mark talks about why it’s critical for companies and business people to develop effective positioning. He discusses why great books are not necessarily written logically from beginning to end and why it makes sense to start developing thought leadership with a single big idea.

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