I have been traveling more recently for speaking than at any time during history of The Brainzooming Group.
While there's more to come in the months ahead, here are highlights of a couple of innovation strategy presentations this week to very different groups.
Innovation Strategy in Your Organization - An Innovative Workplace Culture
Today, I'm in Cincinnati presenting to senior executives from multiple companies on cultivating an innovative workplace culture.
The presentation incorporates our "Taking the NO Out of Business InNOvation" work to focus on seven key innovation enablers. Senior leaders can address these focus areas to improve an organization’s receptiveness and motivation to generate new ideas and do something with them.
The seven recommendations for cultivating an innovative workplace culture include:
- Providing actionable strategic direction (beyond simply saying your organization needs to be more innovative)
- Inviting broad participation from employees throughout the organization
- Meaningfully engaging employees when inviting them to share ideas
- Encouraging and supporting organizational change
- Implementing smart, innovative possibilities
- Staying agile through focusing on what's important for creating results
- Celebrating progress and success tied to innovative ideas
As questions and discussion with the attendees suggest new topics, look for us to explore them here.
Innovation Strategy across a Community - Forward to the Future
On Monday, I discussed the community collaboration process we facilitated for Carbondale, IL in September 2015. The panel discussion at the Gigabit City Summit also featured Gary Williams, the interim city manager of Carbondale, and Dave Sandel of Sandel & Associates. We’ve worked with Dave’s team on multiple community collaboration engagements related to broadband initiatives, economic development, and Smart Cities.
To provide a feel for the community collaboration work in Carbondale (home of my grad school alma mater, Southern Illinois University), we developed a brief video. It shares how university students and community leaders participated to shape a future-looking view of Carbondale.
Leaders need high-impact ways to develop employees that can provide input into strategic planning and then turn it into results. This Brainzooming mini-book, "Results - Creating Strategic Impact" unveils ten proven lessons leaders can use to boost collaboration, meaningful strategic conversations, and results.
- Learn smart ways to separate strategic opportunities from the daily noise of business
- Increase focus for your team with productive strategy questions everyone can use
- Actively engage stakeholders in strategy AND implementation success