Stop talking, start doing: Leading innovation to get results

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Leadership

Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of senior leaders indicate that innovation is a key priority. Good intentions don’t always lead to positive results, however. When it comes to innovation, leaders set the tone – and behaviour speaks louder than words. If you’re not getting the innovation results you’ve been expecting, it’s time to take a …

The top two characteristics of innovation leaders

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership

Having the privilege of working with many great companies, I have found that there are two key characteristics that their leaders display that help drive innovation in the culture of those organizations, regardless of the industry they are in. At the end of the day, a leader sets the tone for their organization (both for the good and not so …

Define the sandbox and let the innovation team play

David Moskal Innovation, Leadership

As a leader with a corporate challenge or opportunity on your hands, it can be tempting to tell your project team what the solution is and get them to work on it making that solution happen. Here’s the problem: When you tell the project team specifically how you want them to solve the problem, you are stifling your own innovation …

Forget passion; I’d rather be convicted

Wendy Ferris Leadership

I was recently reminded of the Remington commercial from years ago, when after using a Remington shaver, the gentleman in the ad states “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company.” That’s who we are at inVision Edge. We were introduced to a system that can help anyone, anywhere make innovation happen and we knew immediately that it was …

The top five ways leaders kill innovation (without knowing it)

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Leadership

I have to be honest…I’m tired of listening to people talk about innovation. It has become the latest business ‘buzzword’ instead of an actionable business strategy that nets long term, sustainable competitive advantage. What frustrates me most is that I see passion and energy for innovation in all kinds of organizations, but the leaders often get in the way! It’s …

Five ways leaders can promote a culture of innovation

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Leadership

Corporate culture is a nebulous thing. Everyone recognizes when a culture is unhealthy, but most people struggle to pinpoint that ‘moment’ when it became toxic or contrary to what they were trying to promote. Therein lies the problem – culture doesn’t develop in a moment. It evolves over time. If you want to encourage a culture of innovation, by definition, …

Strong leaders say “I don’t know. I need help.”

John Ferris Leadership

I was talking recently to a colleague that happens to not only run a successful manufacturing business, but is a practicing physician. As we compared notes on leadership, some interesting parallels emerged between leading a business and leading a patient care team. Notably, leaders and physicians are often expected to have all of the answers; when we don’t, it’s usually …

Five tips to build a culture of collaboration

Rhonda Honke Leadership

When I landed my first professional job in the mid ‘90s, I remember feeling tremendous pressure to have all the answers in my ‘area of expertise’. If there was a problem, it was expected that I would lock myself in the office until I figured out how best to solve it. It wasn’t long before I realized that approaching my …