Now Go Innovate - Corporate Innovation Cartoon Go Innovate! Far too often, we tell people all the things they shouldn't do in the workplace. 1. Don't rock the boat 2. Don't make mistakes 3. Don't forget we need 20% return 4. Don't try new things 5. We don't do it that way here... And so much more! We're so busy what not to do, that we forget to [...]
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Happy Fun at Work Day Fun at Work Day - Playfulness Matters Today is #havefunatworkday! Play is creative fuel. #playfulness matters. How will you play today in teams or by yourself? Play unleashes our best ideas and that is a powerful force for innovation. It does something else, too. Play shows us who we are. In low stakes play where rules don't matter, we see how we react [...]
Keeping it Human's Improv and Innovation Cafe' Improv and Innovation: Techniques for Product, Content, Marketing and Communication In this hangout series, I talk about applying improvisation to marketing, communications, and content as well as product innovation. Join me several times each month as we discuss how to improve your marketing, communications, content and product strategies with techniques from applied improvisation. Improv and Innovation: Episode 1 with Brian Carter [...]
On December 12th, I had a great chat with Kat Koppett. Kat is a fellow improviser-in-chief who also applies concepts from stage improvisation to the needs of business to improve performance. This means accepting others ideas and adding onto them (vs. denying them) in order to create new ideas and new ways of thinking about existing issues/products/ideas/processes/etc. Innovation and The Power of Improvisation Innovation is not always about resources; it's [...]
Innovation and Culture On Thursday, June 13th, I had the pleasure of talking to my friend and colleague, Mary Beth Deans, about the importance of business culture in innovation. We're obsessed with innovation today. Yes, we need to innovate products, business models, experiences to stay relevant. Why aren't companies talking about innovation in corporate culture? It's time. It has been said: culture eats strategy for lunch (and dinner too!).If your [...]
Innovation, “Humanness,” and Culture Stewardship – An Interview with “The New How” Author, Nilofer Merchant (Part II of II)
KKG: You and I both agree culture eats strategy for breakfast. AMEN! What’s the “breakfast of champions” that culture must have to thrive? Put another way, if there were two elements that created culture “oxygen,” what would they be? They would be Questions and Curiosity. Most problems left unsolved in today's organization are not broken because people are stupid; they are broken because not everyone has the same picture of [...]
Innovation, “Humanness,” and Culture Stewardship – An Interview with “The New How” Author, Nilofer Merchant (Part I of II)
The following blog post is a compilation from a Q&A with Nilofer Merchant. Nilofer, formerly the founder and CEO of Rubicon, is a corporate director at a NASDAQ-traded firm and a lecturer at Stanford. After working at Apple and Autodesk and with many other Fortune 500 firms, she wrote The New How to share the secrets of unlocking collaborative innovation. Nilofer also blogs for the Harvard Business Review (HBR). [...]
Humor Drives Profits: The Creativity - Innovation Connection Humor is good business. In fact, it’s critical to the creative, innovative process that drives strategic advantage in the marketplace. Humor is no longer a “nice to have” – it’s a competitive necessity. Success demands constant market innovation. Moreover, the most important motivation for employees isn’t money. Employees want to be valued and challenged at work. This means being able to use [...]
Humor is Brave Fuel. Better Results, Less Fear. Kathy Klotz-Guest, a former tech communications and marketing leader, top-selling Amazon author, and comedian, is all about positive change. With a blend of powerful storytelling, improvisation and humor - humor IS human - her talks will have you laughing, learning and inspired to create mindset, skill set and behavior changes. That means greater trust, happier people, and braver and bolder ideas [...]
Book Kathy on Your Podcast I love bringing my humor and business tips to podcasts. I help people tell bigger truths and stories, work better together, and be more creative while having more fun. You can also see my podchaser page Book Kathy on Your Podcast: She brings her tasty blend of caffeinated comedy and her business acumen for keen insights and big laughs! That means 'truth bombs, 'y'all!' [...]