We sincerely appreciate all of the enthusiasm and positive feedback during and following our session at the 2016 EPIC Innovations Conference. The Conference gave us an excellent opportunity to connect with a lot of talented people from a broad range of organizations, industries and roles.
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Join Dr. Terry Farmer and Xavier Butte, Co-Founders of EiQ, for an impactful one-hour virtual event on the topic innovation and leadership with our special guest, Faisal Hoque, founder of Shadoka and several other companies. Shadoka is a firm focused on enabling entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. This live event will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
EiQ is proud to announce a free live webinar on the topic of Innovative Leadership. This 75-minute webinars will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Eastern Time. The webinar will include interviews with leading experts in the areas of leadership and innovation.
Recently, we were asked to present and serve as panel experts at the Federal Reserve System’s Innovation Summit. Like most organizations, innovation is a hot topic at the Fed. And some very common themes related to innovation were discussed, including fear of failure as a leading barrier to innovation and the critical role that leadership and culture play in innovation.
If you aren’t already aware of it, Cleveland Ohio is a leader in the new Innovation Economy. And it’s gaining traction in attracting and retaining talent that is driven by making a purposeful positive impact. This is a great environment fueled by diverse backgrounds and perspectives as well as the convergence of bright minds, relentless determination and passionate purpose.
We’re currently living in very interesting economic times in our world. Although we see evidence that our economy (in the U.S.) has been steadily improving over the past several years (e.g., lower unemployment, a higher stock market, higher corporate profits, etc.), there is a sense by many employees that something still isn’t right.
2015 is moving fast. The time is now to eliminate the potential for a mid-year crisis. It’s time to stop creating the illusion of results and start generating the new ideas and innovations needed to achieve real and sustainable results.
Every organization is different. Therefore, each organization should develop an innovation strategy that reflects its unique purpose, history, traditions, strategic assets, and collective know-how. The resulting strategy in this light becomes an organization’s unique Brand of innovation.
Innovation was an emphasis at the 2015 Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference in Orlando, Florida – More than 11,000 participants from more than 92 countries. Read more…
Questions often arise about the kind of leadership found in an Innovative Organization. Questions include: What are some of the characteristics and capabilities of Leaders? What makes Leaders effective? This article is focused on some of the answers to these questions.
We need innovation in our organizations, in our society, and in our world. And each of us needs to become contributors and creators in support of this innovation. But not innovation defined simply as the development of a few new products or services every year. Our challenge is much greater than that. What we need in our world today is innovation defined in a much broader sense.
EiQ was asked to present at this year’s Greater Cincinnati ASTD Conference and it was a great experience and conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Be the Catalyst – Sparking Ideas and Driving Results” so it was an excellent fit with EiQ’s philosophy, methods and tools.
EiQ enjoyed an interactive presentation with the Capital City Organizational Development Network (CCODN) at Franklin University. This talented group of OD professionals is dedicated to advancing the capabilities and technology of OD throughout Ohio and internationally.
EiQ recently facilitated an innovation workshop as part of SVP Cleveland’s Leadership Board Advance. Participating in the workshop were SVP leaders, Board members, and partners. The workshop was customized to align to the specific needs and goals of SVP based upon prior discussions with SVP leadership regarding their vision, strategies, goals, and organizational challenges.
A Cause for Innovation: Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Organizations Collaborating to Lead Meaningful Social Innovation
Please read and share this story of the nonprofit organizations that EiQ has partnered with to contribute toward social innovation that is making a positive impact in people’s lives, our communities and our world. There is great inspiration and learning that can be drawn from these purposeful leaders and organizations.
Learning is a critical and inseparable aspect of innovation. When you adopt a strategy of Everyday Innovation you are, by definition, adopting a strategy of continuous learning. By understanding the process innovators use to generate new ideas and innovations, you will be well equipped to develop a strategically focused and highly effective learning plan.
People not only have a natural and inherent ability to innovate, but many are already doing so today, whether they are formally recognized or not. The key is to discover who these people are, not only to leverage their good ideas and innovations, but to strategically partner them with others to serve as role-models, mentors, and coaches. But how do you identify an Everyday Innovator?
What role does a Leader play in the innovation process? The short answer is—a big one. Unfortunately, research continues to highlight Leadership as a top “barrier” to innovation. However, this actually represents a great opportunity to anyone in a leadership role who is genuinely interested in building their team’s innovation capabilities. So as a leader, what can you do to support, foster, and inspire Everyday Innovation?
Recently, Terry Farmer and I had the pleasure of participating in the 2014 International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Conference. Our participation included facilitating a session, “Building Capabilities for Everyday Innovation.” Our session had a great turnout with a very talented and engaged group of participants. We sincerely appreciate all of the enthusiasm and positive feedback during and following our session and the conference. The 2014 ISPI Conference connected us with a lot of wonderful and talented people from a broad range of organizations, industries and countries.
EiQ is proud to work with Social Venture Partners & nonprofit organizations that lead meaningful Social Innovation
It is EiQ’s privilege and pleasure to work with SVP and each of the eight nonprofit organizations that presented at the recent BigBANG! Event. It was a great event with great purpose, people and impact, and included powerful and inspiring “Fast Pitch” presentations by eight different nonprofit organizations. During the bigBang! event, eight nonprofit organizations were “competing” for additional funding, but they all share in their passion to make a positive impact on people’s lives, our communities and our world. And each organization is driven by a meaningful purpose.
The need for continuous and sustained innovation has never been greater for businesses and organizations, regardless of size, industry or market, for profit or non-profit. Now, innovation is everyone’s business due to several factors including increasingly competitive markets, increasingly diverse and demanding consumers, along with current and forecasted trends and challenges. In many cases, cost-cutting has been cut to the bone and efficiencies squeezed beyond the point of diminishing returns. Profitability and growth are increasingly challenging. Engagement and retention (or lack of) are growing and costly problems as well. So now, whatever your business, continuously seeking new ideas, new opportunities and new and better ways of doing business, is critical to your success.
First, serve as an innovation role model. Ask good questions and encourage questioning beyond habit or the obvious. Be a good listener. Recognize failure as part of the innovating process. Model resilient optimism that inspires curiosity and belief in the possibilities. From confidence to capability, be a people-builder.
This case example reflects the current realities that many organizations are facing today or will in the near future. It also provides an example of how adopting Everyday Innovation as a business strategy, and applying the BASIS Method can create great results and outcomes, including increased revenue, profit, market share, brand identity, engagement, and attracting a more diverse population of talent, including “Millennials.”
The BASIS Method is a systematic approach for generating and sustaining Everyday Innovation. It brings meaning and purpose to innovation by defining and branding innovation specific to an organization’s unique needs and goals. BASIS makes innovation actionable by providing customizable plans that lead to the development of the People and Organizational Capabilities needed to generate new ideas and innovation from all levels and all functions, from everyone, every day.
Read about this unique opportunity to learn about innovation at the most innovative place on earth. Registration includes workshop tuition three night’s hotel accommodations at The Walt Disney World Resort; as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Also a half-day theme park admission ticket for the team activity at Epcot and the fireworks and desert activity later that evening. The deadline for registration is Midnight (EST), Monday, August 17th, 2015 so register today!
Join EiQ’s Everyday Innovation™ Summit at the most innovative place on Earth—the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, September 15-18, 2015! This Summit provides an incredibly impactful and valuable experience for all, emphasizing the practical application of methods and tools for building and sustaining the innovation capabilities of individuals, teams and organizations.
The yin-yang relationship between people and the organization has great significance to those organizations striving to become more innovative. However, in spite of all of the inspiring speeches, pep talks, and training programs, many organizations still fail to sufficiently address the “yang” of performance—building the organizational capabilities that encourage, cultivate and sustain innovation.
Although there are several effective methods to support the design of innovative new products and services such as “Human-Centered Design,” the ARC Model offers the greatest potential and might be best described as “Outcome-Centered Design.”
This is a story about an inspiring entrepreneur and the nonprofit organization she founded thirty years ago. It is a story about hope, faith, optimism and perseverance. And these are hallmark characteristics of some of history’s most impactful leaders and entrepreneurs. These are also characteristics that we all possess, and each one of us has the ability to make the most of these powerful gifts within us to make a positive impact in our own lives and in the lives of others.