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EiQ Highlights Innovative Leadership at the EPIC Innovations Conference

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

EiQ Highlights Innovative Leadership at the EPIC Innovations Conference

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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A Conversation about Innovation and Leadership with Faisal Hoque

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

A Conversation about Innovation and Leadership with Faisal Hoque

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.

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EiQ’s Free Innovative Leadership Webinar

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

EiQ’s Free Innovative Leadership Webinar

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.

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Everyday Innovation at the Federal Reserve’s Innovation Summit

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Everyday Innovation at the Federal Reserve’s Innovation Summit

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.

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Everyday Innovation in Greater Cleveland

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Everyday Innovation in Greater Cleveland

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.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the EiQ Everyday Innovation Summit at Disney World in September

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the EiQ Everyday Innovation Summit at Disney World in September

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!

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Have We Experienced the End of Economic Growth?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Have We Experienced the End of Economic Growth?

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.

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Are You Having A Mid-Year Crisis?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Are You Having A Mid-Year Crisis?

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.

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Have You Defined Your Brand of Innovation?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Have You Defined Your Brand of Innovation?

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.

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Innovation is an Emphasis at the ATD International Conference

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Innovation is an Emphasis at the ATD International Conference

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…

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EiQ’s Everyday Innovation Summit at Walt Disney World

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

EiQ’s Everyday Innovation Summit at Walt Disney World

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.

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Everyday Innovation Leadership

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Everyday Innovation Leadership

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.

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A Proclamation for Innovation

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Proclamation for Innovation

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.

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The Yin and Yang of Innovation: Building People and Organizational Capabilities

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Yin and Yang of Innovation: Building People and Organizational Capabilities

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.

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The ARC Model: Outcome-Centered Design

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The ARC Model: Outcome-Centered Design

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.”

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An Entrepreneur’s Story of Hope, Faith, Optimism and Perseverance

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

An Entrepreneur’s Story of Hope, Faith, Optimism and Perseverance

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.

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EiQ and Everyday Innovation Featured at GCASTD’s 2014 Conference

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

EiQ and Everyday Innovation Featured at GCASTD’s 2014 Conference

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.

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EiQ Brings Everyday Innovation to the Capital City OD Network

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

EiQ Brings Everyday Innovation to the Capital City OD Network

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.

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Is Your Organization Playing Whack-a-Mole?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Everyday Innovation Stories | 0 comments

Is Your Organization Playing Whack-a-Mole?

Each mole metaphorically represents the many problems we face on a daily basis. As in the arcade game, when we whack one problem another one pops up somewhere else and then we whack that one down. Before we know it, we find ourselves whacking problems most of the day. It becomes our end-game—our primary purpose, and our predominate mindset. It should not be our primary organizational purpose. Yes, we need to be able to effectively whack problems that arise, but we need to see those problems in a greater context—that of creating our desired organizational outcomes.

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EiQ is Honored to Work with Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland Leadership

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 1 comment

EiQ is Honored to Work with Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland Leadership

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.

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The Retired Woodcarver

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Everyday Innovation Stories | 0 comments

The Retired Woodcarver

This is a brief story of how a bike path led to an Everyday Innovator. This story also provides insight into how to identify, appreciate and encourage Everyday Innovators in your organization.

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A Cause for Innovation: Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Organizations Collaborating to Lead Meaningful Social Innovation

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

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.

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Building a Learning Plan to Support Everyday Innovation

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Building a Learning Plan to Support Everyday Innovation

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.

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Are You Ignoring the Everyday Innovators in Your Organization?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Are You Ignoring the Everyday Innovators in Your Organization?

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?

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How Leaders Can Inspire Everyday Innovation

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

How Leaders Can Inspire Everyday Innovation

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?

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Bringing Everyday Innovation to ISPI’s 2014 International Conference

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Bringing Everyday Innovation to ISPI’s 2014 International Conference

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.

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EiQ is proud to work with Social Venture Partners & nonprofit organizations that lead meaningful Social Innovation

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 2 comments

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.

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Driving Effective Leadership through Everyday Innovation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Driving Effective Leadership through Everyday Innovation

Deloitte recently published the results of a survey (2014) that states, “Leadership remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world, with 86 percent of respondents in our survey rating it as “urgent” or “important.” Only 13 percent of respondents say they do an excellent job developing leaders at all levels—the largest “readiness gap” in our survey.”

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Innovation Requires Collaboration

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Innovation Requires Collaboration

Innovation never occurs in a vacuum. Organizations that desire the generation of new ideas and innovation or that seek to create an “innovation-based culture,” must put in place processes and tools to support collaboration. Collaborating is one of the key ways innovators “connect” when they engage in innovation activities. Innovators thrive on a diversity of ideas and perspectives and connecting to people is an excellent way to achieve this diversity.

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Innovation is Everyone’s Business

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Innovation is Everyone’s Business

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.

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Leading Everyday Innovation: Ten Steps to Get Started

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 1 comment

Leading Everyday Innovation: Ten Steps to Get Started

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.

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Everyday Innovation: A Case Example

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 2 comments

Everyday Innovation: A Case Example

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.”

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Everyday Innovation Stories (Preview)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Everyday Innovation Stories (Preview)

EiQ continuously experiences and shares Everyday Innovation stories from a diverse collection of perspectives, industries, organizations, disciplines, roles and regions. The following excerpt is a preview of a series of Everyday Innovation stories…

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What is Everyday Innovation?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

What is Everyday Innovation?

The ability to generate and sustain innovation has become an imperative for organizations as markets grow more global, open, and competitive, and customer expectations grow more diverse and demanding. Our world demands a new view toward innovation – a new brand of innovation, one that is more broad and more inclusive. In order for our world and the organizations in it to prosper, it is essential that everyone learn the skills to become active contributors toward innovation. Organizations must commit to innovation as a key strategy for success and expect and support everyone in the organization to be an active contributor toward innovation. Our world demands Everyday Innovation.

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The BASIS Method for Driving Everyday Innovation

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

The BASIS Method for Driving Everyday Innovation

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.

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The Power of Everyday Connections

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 2 comments

The Power of Everyday Connections

Everyday Innovators are continuously seeking and making a diversity of connections for new ideas and innovation. Everyday Connections highlights the four general types of connections that Everyday Innovators make: People, Data, Experiences and Analogies.

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ARC Model: “The Innovator’s Lens”

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

ARC Model: “The Innovator’s Lens”

One of the core People Capabilities for Everyday Innovation is the skill of viewing the world and our work through an “innovator’s lens.” The ARC Model represents this lens, which is focused on creating. Everyday Innovators develop the skill of regularly viewing circumstances, events, problems, and situations through a lens that reflects a creating mindset.

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Myths of Innovation

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Myths of Innovation

While the importance and value of innovation cannot be overstated, the “legend” of how it is accomplished has been greatly exaggerated. Innovation has been romanticized to the point where many of us believe it is something beyond our ability. The stories associated with innovators and innovations come to us wrapped in a great deal of mystery and mysticism. This makes for very interesting stories but it also distorts our perception of innovation. These stories and myths can make innovation seem mysterious, illusive and out of reach, leading us to believe that the ability to innovate is a rare gift limited to an elite few “geniuses,” people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.

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Everyone. Every Type. Every Moment.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

Everyone. Every Type. Every Moment.

The term everyday has three meanings that represent three fundamental components of Everyday Innovation: (1) Involving everyone in innovation; (2) Valuing every type of innovation, from small to transformational; and (3) having an innovation mindset at every moment.

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The Great Recession’s Impact on Innovation

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Blog, Innovation | 0 comments

The Great Recession’s Impact on Innovation

We have been in survival mode, both as individuals and organizations. We have been in a fear-driven, defensive, protective position, not all that different from a roly-poly bug. But over time, as the storm of the Great Recession endured, our fear-driven, protective position has increasingly led to organizational paralysis, where fear reigns supreme, indecision and inaction rule, and “stay under the radar” is the modus operandi. And this all too prevalent organizational condition represents an anti-innovation environment reinforcing anti-innovation behavior.

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