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The Transformation of Meetings

Ryan Ramsdale Innovation, Leadership, Strategy Leave a Comment

Admit it leaders, sometimes our meetings become routine, mundane, and become more of an energy suck than an effective time for communicating the crucial things in your organization. Often leadership meetings start with the best intentions, sometimes even good energy and engagement; but over time creativity wanes and the discussions become bland if they happen at all. Agendas become repetitious …

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4 Reasons You Aren’t Executing Your Strategy

Evan Hildebrand Strategy Leave a Comment

You assembled your team, identified your desired state, and recognized the potential roadblocks. In other words, you’ve worked hard on your strategic plan. A strategic plan is your organization’s roadmap to lead you through the current realities and set the stage for new areas of innovation and growth. As such, you need a plan that is built for execution. So …

When You Lose Trust in Innovation

Evan Hildebrand Innovation, Leadership Leave a Comment

If you are reading this there is a good chance that you have been in a similar place, or at least fear you are on a similar trajectory based on recent experience. Innovation, a word that used to be exciting and unpredictable, has become predictably unexciting. Maybe the word “innovation” has lost its meaning to you, or you have been …

Think Outside the Box. King of the Overused and Under-Explained.  

Ryan Ramsdale Innovation, Leadership

Think outside the box. Of the many overused phrases that have taken the spotlight in the business world, this was reigning champion for some time. Also, in my opinion, the most despised champion of overused phrases! I’m not just going against the grain or rebelling against conformity here; there are important reasons to consider why this is true. First off, …

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Four Reasons You Can Trust a System

Rhonda Honke Innovation

“Trust me…” How many of us have heard that before? It could be coming from a friend who is suggesting a new restaurant we’ve never tried, or a team member who is embarking on a new project. If you are like me, that term makes you bristle in most circumstances. Why? The truth is, there are different levels of trust. …

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What to Do When You Need a Breakthrough

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Strategy

These days it’s easy to be consumed by the current conditions and political posturing that is happening all around us. Between reports of case counts, rising debt, and the state of our economy and health care system, it seems prudent to go into a holding pattern or a hunker-down position. But what if there is another option? What if you …

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Solving a Problem? Don’t Play the Same Old Song

Ryan Ramsdale Innovation

I’ve been a musician for decades. It all started when I saw old footage of Elvis Presley. At that time, I felt like something was missing from my hands—it was a guitar. For years I wrote songs, formed bands, performed live and recorded albums. Despite my background, to this day, nothing makes me more uncomfortable than “jamming.” I am a …

The Magic of Constraints

David Moskal Innovation

It is not uncommon that we’ll hear a leader say that they don’t want to constrain their team. We hear statements such as: “Every type of idea is on the table.” “I don’t want to limit their thinking.” “There is no budget if it’s a great idea.” Statements like these are said with good intentions, but they are often causing …