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Mark Adler Madsen guest Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Mark Adler Madsen

Co-Founder & Partner at Aspire Innovation.

Episode 40

Don’t just go agile, be smart about becoming agile.

Most companies talk about their need to transform. They understand that they must change in order to succeed. However, few companies actually take action towards transforming. Agile has become the new normal in business. Companies large and small are adopting the principles behind agile, which means breaking traditional processes and aligning them around value creation instead of just moving things from point A to point B.
Todd and Kim Saxton guest mind the innovation podcast

Guest: Kim & Todd Saxton

Award-winning professors at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business and co-authors of ‘The Titanic Effect’

Episode 39

What Determines Whether A Startup Will Fail Or Succeed In The Market?

A startup is a risky business. There are so many unknown variables that it’s difficult to predict what could happen if you fail. That’s why it’s important to learn how to navigate uncertainty. When you do, you’ll be able to avoid making costly mistakes. You’ll also be able to make better decisions when things go south.
Norbert Majerus guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Norbert Majerus

Innovation Excellence Expert and Book Author

Episode 38

Winning Innovation – Interview with Norbert Majerus

Innovations are critical for businesses. They help companies stay on top of new developments and allow them to implement new tactics in new and evolving markets and gain a greater market share. Innovation also helps create opportunities for higher productivity and a more productive workforce. A culture where all ideas are supported encourages employees to express ideas that may become catalysts for innovation.
Heather Polivka, Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Heather Polivka

CEO of Heather P Solutions

Episode 37

Why Companies Must Invest In People-Centered Leadership Development

People-centric Leadership doesn’t mean being soft or forgetting the profits. It means thinking of the impact of leadership on the people who worked for you and behaving in such a way that brings out their best for you and the company. As a leader in business, you need to understand what makes people tick. You need to be able to connect with them on a personal level. You need to be empathetic. You need to be a people person.
Roy Osing - Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Roy Osing

Former president, CMO, and entrepreneur.

Episode 36

Why You Need To Be An Audacious Leader

Audacious leaders are those who are willing to admit when they are wrong. They are also honest about what they do not know. This makes them vulnerable and shows others that they are human. They are brave enough to make mistakes and learn from them. Audacious leaders work alongside their people.

RJ Grimshaw - Mind The Innovation Podcast Guest

Guest: RJ Grimshaw

CEO for UniFi , Intrapreneur, Investor, Growth Champion

Episode 35

Intrapreneurship – What Is It And How Does It Matter In Today’s World?

An intrapreneur is a person who creates something from nothing. They are usually self-starters who are able to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions.They are often seen as the future leaders of companies because they are constantly looking for ways to improve their own work environment.
Jamie Flinchbaugh guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Jamie Flinchbaugh

Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Consultant, and Author.

Episode 34

Understand why framing your problem statement matters.

Problems are always solved by people and business problems today are increasingly more complex and ambiguous. That makes it harder to clearly define and articulate them. Framing helps to structure thinking about these problems by giving them a specific light. In the end, framing helps people to see things in a particular light.
Mark Herschberg Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Mark Herschberg

MIT Instructor, Fractional CTO, and Author.

Episode 33

Keep Investing In Leadership Skills And Become A Better Leader.

In today’s world, organizations need to be proactive about leadership development. Leaders must develop their skills and abilities to meet the challenges of the future. Only two out of five businesses think they are developing leaders who benefit the company.

Leaders who adapt well are those who are quick to learn new things. Adaptation is a key part of leadership because you need to know when to change your approach based on what happens around you. You also need to be flexible enough to understand that people may behave differently depending on the situation or environment. Leadership development is an important part of change management.
Charlotte Allen - guest Mind The innovation

Guest: Charlotte Allen

Consultant to STEM leaders and owners and CEO of Rebel Success for Leaders.

Episode 32

Almost no one likes change, but change is necessary for growth.

Change management is an integral part of any business strategy because it helps employees feel comfortable with the changes occurring around them. People should feel safe when making changes, and they should also know what they’re getting into before they start. Companies should provide support for employees who are going through change, and they should also help them prepare for the changes.
Terry Barnhart Guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Terry Barnhart

Organizational transformation executive

Terry is an expert in delivering operational, cultural, and innovation transformations to multi-national companies. He is part of Novartis Global Organizational Development Team.

Episode 31

How to think outside of your own experiences.

Reflecting on what you’ve learned helps you retain information better. It also allows you to apply what you know to new situations. So this episode is a re-run where I had a great conversation with Terry Barnhart about how to teach people to think better – especially the advantages of skill stack, work in collaboration, and how to think outside of your own experience.

What are the tools you teach people about how to think? How do you get teams to work together collaboratively on learning? It’s really hard. Every high-performing team goes through cycles of growth and development and what really matters is how the team thinks and acts together.

Bruno Pesec - Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Bruno Pešec

President of Pesec Global –  helps business leaders innovate profitably.

Episode 30

What exactly is an innovation strategy?

Strategy is about choosing between a number of different options to get the best possible result. Innovation is just one of the methods used to achieve your strategic goal. Without a good innovation strategy, it’s hard to achieve long-term results. An innovation strategy is a plan for developing new products or services that will help you grow your business. It may involve using market research to find out what customers want, then creating a product or service that meets those needs.
Stacey Ashley Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Stacey Ashley

High-Performance Leadership and Coaching Expert.

Episode 29

Your strength as a leader comes from yourself.

Leadership is about helping people to realize their potential. If you want to lead, you must learn to listen. People often think that leaders are born, not made. But leadership is learned. Leaders are learners. They learn from experience, from mistakes, from successes, from other people. They learn from themselves and from each other. They learn to ask questions, to seek answers, to understand why things happen.

Darrell Evans. Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Darrell Evans

Digital Growth Strategist &  Co-Founder & CMO of Yokel Local Internet Marketing.

Episode 28

How to overcome failure & setbacks.


Setbacks in life are inevitable. You can choose to view them as positive lessons instead. We should learn from our mistakes, but we shouldn’t dwell on them. Minor setbacks can help us grow stronger and get closer to reaching our goals. You also need to take responsibility for your own success. If you want to be successful, you must take ownership of your actions and results. You will not achieve success if you blame others or circumstances for your failures. Instead, learn from your mistakes and make changes to improve yourself.
zoe Routh Mind The innovation Guest

Guest: Zoë Routh

Strategist & Leadership Expert, Owner of Inner Compass

Episode 27

Vulnerability in the workplace is the root of authentic leadership.

It’s a well-known fact that people who are vulnerable are more likely to be liked, trusted, and respected. They make better leaders because they are open to feedback, willing to admit mistakes, and able to connect with others on an emotional level.
Michael Haynes, Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Michael Haynes

B2B Customer Strategy Consultant & Business Growth Strategy Planning at Listen Innovate Grow

Episode 26

Innovation readiness is a critical issue for any organization.

It’s easy to think of innovation as something that happens only in the lab or in small start-ups. Yet innovation is a key component of every business strategy. In fact, the term “innovation” itself derives from the Latin word meaning “to find again.” Companies need to continually reinvent themselves to remain competitive. They do this by developing new products, services, and ways of doing things.
Lauren Winans Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Peter Mohr

Entrepreneurial coach at Simplifying Entrepreneurship

Episode 25

The four P’s to entrepreneurial business success.

In order to become an entrepreneur, you must have entrepreneurial freedom. Entrepreneurship is not a choice, it is a necessity. If you choose to start a business, you must have the right products, processes, and people to make it successful. Entrepreneurship coaches provide feedback, coaching skills, motivation, and direction for entrepreneurs who want to create an impactful business. They also provide support for new ideas, strategies, and tactics.
Lauren Winans Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Gabriel Yoder

Product Portfolio Manager – Discovery & Development at IPM.

Episode 24

Design thinking – it starts with empathy every time.

Problem solving is an essential part of life. It’s how we get through everyday challenges and solve problems. Problem solving skills are also critical for success in the workplace. Design Thinking is an approach to innovation that combines creativity and critical thinking to solve problems. Empathy is an essential part of Design Thinking. Empathy allows designers to see the world from another person’s perspective. It also gives designers the ability to think creatively and solve complex problems.
Lauren Winans Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Lauren Winans

CEO and Principal Consultant at Next Level Benefits.

Episode 23

Transparency in leadership is an essential component of effective management.

Transparency in the workplace is an effective way to create a positive company culture and foster employee loyalty and engagement. Leaders who practice transparency in the workplace reap many rewards, including increased productivity, improved morale, and better customer service.
Ally Muller Guest Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Ally Muller

Managing Director GOYA Consulting

Episode 22

How to inspire leaders to change their approach to innovation in the corporate landscape.

Innovation requires risk-taking, but it also demands that we learn how to fail well. Due to the pace and scale of change are accelerating organizations must adapt to survive which means businesses need to evolve faster than ever to remain relevant and successful. It’s important to open innovation up to everyone to spark curiosity.
Flip Brown

Guest: Flip Brown

Founder & CEO at Business Culture Consultant.

Episode 21

When implementing a change, you’re asking people to go into the unknown with you

Change is inevitable in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to be disruptive or chaotic. In fact, there are many ways to implement organizational changes that will lead to success for your organization. The first step towards implementing any kind of organizational change is preparing your organization and yourself for it.

Flip Brown

Guest: Alex Brueckman

Business strategist, Board advisor, and author. He coaches executives on designing and implementing business strategies with measurable impact.

Episode 20

A strategy process is the perfect vehicle to shape culture

Many leaders struggle with strategy. Understanding the key steps in strategy implementation is critical to being a successful and effective leader within your company.

John Zachara Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: John Zachara

Vice President at Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.

John Zachara, Vice President at Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc, Lean coach and also an active member of the Lean Construction Institute Chicago Community of Practice.

Episode 19

How Does Lean Construction Help Companies Become More Efficient?

What is Lean Construction? The main difference between lean construction and traditional approaches is that lean construction looks for opportunities to improve efficiency rather than just trying to reduce cost.

Jeff Smith - guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Jeff Smith

Motivational Speaker and Virtual Training on Advanced Leadership for KPI and Business Management at Jeff-Smith.com

Jeff Smith is a global expert with more than 40 years of corporate experience. He’s a leading motivational speaker who has spoken in more than 72 countries and has a fantastic history of delivering high-quality training to business leaders. He is also the most successful author of all time” on the subject of KPI and Business Management”

Episode 18

KPIs have not evolved, the way we use KPI’s has evolved.

What are the KPIs and what do they mean and how can you use them to improve performance? First of all, KPIs are not targets to be hit, they help you identify areas where improvements need to be made so you can focus your efforts accordingly.

Ricardo Liberato guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Ricardo Liberato

Making Companies Better

Ricardo Liberator is the Chief Principal Consultant at Solid Reason and also the founder of “agile club’ which is a fast-growing agile community – a community of like-minded people focusing on learning and doing.

Episode 17

If you’re only trying things that succeed.  You’re not going to innovate.

Why is agile important for a learning organization? Agile is about teaching the mindset that we are always questioning what we are doing.

Jared Allmond guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Jared Allmond

Culture Collaborator | Partnering with HR and L&D professionals to ethically and safely strengthen culture

Jared Allmond is a culture collaborator and partners with HR and L&D professionals to ethically and safely strengthen culture. He is a compliance solutions account executive at Skillsoft.

Episode 16

The importance of being a people-centric organization.

How do you build a people-centric culture? you start with aligning with people’s values. The culture is the secret sauce and it is unique for every business – it’s all about fostering a culture where the employees feel valued and engaged.

Andy Skipper guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Andy Skipper

CTO Coach at CTO Craft, Startup Technology Advisor

Andy Skipper is the founder and chief of CTO coach. Together with a team of coaches, they started CTO craft as a community resource and it grew into e-learning, mentoring groups, communities of practices, and conferences. CTO craft is UK’s first learning and coaching network built for engineering managers, CTOs, and Tech Leaders.

Episode 15

Coach or mentor? You need both.

Encouraging coaching and mentorship are key components when managing modern employees. The right skills play a critical role in driving future success and it is all about asking the right questions, empower employees, provide feedback, know each individual’s strengths and be a great listener. Coach to inspire — and to learn.

Steve Stucky guest Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Steve Stucky

President MN Chapter PDMA | Business Owner | Agile / Lean Product Development Coach, Helping Businesses Drive Profitable Growth

Steve Stucky has more than +30 years of product development experience within the industrial manufacturing and medical device industry. He is known for improving product development performance, driving organic growth, and building highly effective teams. He is an Agile/Lean Product Development Coach and also the president of the Minneapolis Chapter PDMA.

Episode 14

How a Lean-Agile Mindset and Practices can Improve your Product Development Outcome.

How can you radically reduce idea-to-market cycle times? How do you build sustainable, profitable growth for the business through better product development and the elimination of waste? Learn more about lean/agile methodology and why lean product development is not about cost reduction.

Sudhanshu Srivastava guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Sudhanshu Srivastava

Entrepreneur | Customer Success | Product Success

Sudhanshu Srivastava is an accomplished product and customer executive. Sudhanshu is the business owner of Navikarna that focuses on business agility coaching and customer success. Previously he was the VP of customer success at SAP focusing on driving people transformation together with building an organization.

Episode 13

Failing fast is a great thing, but fail forward – so that you’re moving.

What is the secret sauce for a successful product launch? The secret is to create a knowledge-intensive company where there is a dynamic between knowledge creation and knowledge sharing across the entire company.

Fred Leland Guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Fred Leland

Director and Principal Trainer for Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (LESC)

Fred is a retired Lieutenant and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 216, where he specialized in terrorism related topics, leadership, and management.

Episode 12

Don’t be afraid to adapt and adjust your methods of learning.

How can decision making and problems solving skills be improved? What is sense-making teaching/learning and can it helps us to solve problems better? Learn how to help your people work together more effectively by changing your way of teaching

Terry Barnhart Guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Terry Barnhart

Organizational transformation executive

Terry is an expert in delivering operational, cultural, and innovation transformations to multi-national companies. He is part of Novartis Global Organizational Development Team.

Episode 11

How to think outside of your own experiences.

What are the tools you teach people about how to think? How do you get teams to work together collaboratively on learning? It’s really hard. Every high-performing team goes through cycles of growth and development and what really matters is how the team thinks and acts together.

Paul Dunlop guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Paul Dunlop

Supporting organisations and individuals to go from CHAOS to CALM Productivity

Paul Dunlop is the Principle of Dunlop Consultant, and are supporting organizations and individuals to go from chaos to calm productivity

Episode 10

Let go and stay curious so you can ask the good questions.

How good is your company at problem-solving? Learn more about how LEGO serious play works as a catalyst and can improve the implementation of a lean management system in your organization. The lean mindset is effective in any process-driven environment whether it’s in the delivery of a service or a product.

David Shiller guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: David Shiller

Product & Business Development For The Advanced Lighting Industry

David is the president of Lighting Solution Development, a consulting company providing product and business development for the advanced lighting industry.

Episode 9

Marketing innovation – the business side of Innovation

Many companies are making poor decisions in their marketing messaging which leads to terrible outcomes. Understanding both the sales and marketing side as well as the technology side can lead to better Solutions and Innovation.

Robin Gaster guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Robin Gaster

President of Incumetrics Inc, a data and analysis consultancy

Robin Gaster is the President of Incumetrics and Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Institute for Public Policy, and the author of the highly anticipated book, Behemoth – Amazon Rising: Power and Seduction in the Age of Amazon.

Episode 8

What is the secret of Amazon’s huge Success?

Why is amazon one of the most successful companies worldwide and what innovation strategies drive their ongoing quest to become the most customer-centric company? Amazon has mastered the art of innovation on a massive scale by becoming a massive cluster of highly innovative and driven teams.

Chaim Guggenheim Guest at Mind the Innovation podcast

Guest: Chaim Guggenheim

Co-Founder and CEO at Stealth – L&D Start-Up

Chaim Guggenheim is an economist and cognitive specialist he has a deep knowledge of corporate structures and uses learning and critical thinking to advance organizations’ missions and performance.

Episode 7

A world of thinking and learning.

What is learning? Learning is processing information to the extent that. you are mastering it and can apply it in any way.
Companies will need to rethink how work is organized within their organization and the change will require redesigned business processes and a new focus on the talent they have—and the talent they need. The evolving development of skill sets in a company is the most critical avenues the company faces because, without the right skills and the right people, a company will not succeed.
Jeff Hastie guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Jeff Hastie

Founder and President at Learn-Apply-Lead, LLC

Experienced leader with demonstrated success in managing global change initiatives including Lean Six Sigma & Sustainability transformations across multiple Manufacturing Plants, Distribution Centers, Business Service Centers, Corporate functions, Partner Suppliers, and Universities contributing to sustainable culture change.

Episode 6

The Role of Leadership in Changing Organizational Culture.

Every employee impacts an organization’s direction, but leadership has by far the largest and most direct effect on company culture. At the end of the day, leaders are the ones who can make or break it, the choices they make impacts employees engagement, and performance which in the end will influence the business results and performance.
Charlotte Nytoft guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Charlotte Nytoft

I help Companies Conquer Transatlantic Markets

Charlotte is the founder and owner of CNR Consulting – Export & FDI Consulting Services.

Episode 5

How to drive digital innovation across  businesses, departments, borders, and cultures.

Digital transformation is driving business innovation in many industries, and many companies are failing to actually take the leap and digitalize their communication with their customers, partners, and even within their own organization. Driving digital innovation is hard work and is not all about technology.
Louise Them Kjølholm - Guest at Mind the Innovation Podcast

Guest: Louise Them Kjølholm

Chief Advisor Environmental and Social Risk at EKF Denmarks Export Credit

Louise has experience in Environment, Health & Safety and Quality management (QEHS), and CSR strategy.

Episode 4

The importance of accepting the early stages of innovation.

The value of digital data collection is on everybody’s mind and there are a lot of benefits of how data collection and innovation can increase project productivity and efficiency. It has never been more important than now to begin your company’s digital data collection. If executed correctly, it drives efficiency and transparency.
Norbert Majerus guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Norbert Majerus

Business Owner & Retired from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co

Episode 3

The process is easy, it’s the people part that is the difficult one.

When working with lean product development in R&D, the process is easy, it’s the people part that is the difficult one. You get benefits from a lean transformation, but if you don’t get the whole organization engaged you won’t succeed. Those benefits go up exponentially if you get everybody engaged.
Bella Englebach Guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Bella Englebach

Creating Better Organizations where the Music of the Human Spirit Sings.

Lead Consultant, Lean for Humans, Inc.

Episode 2

It’s all about the people – become better problem solvers

With lean we talk about that we want things to be simple. You are making things easier for people, either making it easier for your customer or the work easier for your employees or you’re making it easier for people to grow and learn. So it’s always about: can you make things better for people?
Bob Melvin Guest at Mind The Innovation Podcast

Guest: Bob Melvin

Vice President of Engineering at Teledyne Marine Systems

Episode 1

Passion for lean product development.

Many leaders struggle with strategy. Understanding the key steps in strategy implementation is critical to being a successful and effective leader within your company.
Unleashing the Power of Marketing In Electronics Manufacturing – Sander Arts – Episode 76

Unleashing the Power of Marketing In Electronics Manufacturing – Sander Arts – Episode 76

In this episode, Sannah welcomes the brilliant and accomplished Sander Arts to the show. With an impressive background in global management, digital transformation, closed loop marketing, and strategic partnerships, Sander brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Together, they explore the fascinating realm of marketing in the tech industry, dissecting its successes, failures, and untapped potentials.

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Unlocking the Potential of Intrapreneurs: Driving Business Growth and Success – RJ Grimshaw – Episode 70

Unlocking the Potential of Intrapreneurs: Driving Business Growth and Success – RJ Grimshaw – Episode 70

The episode concludes with valuable insights into unlocking the potential of intrapreneurs and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. Listeners gain essential knowledge for building a successful business, regardless of size, by embracing the entrepreneurial mindset and encouraging intrapreneurship to drive company growth and success.

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Customer-Centric Solutions: Shifting Focus from Products to Problem Solving – Lori Bruno – Episode 69

Customer-Centric Solutions: Shifting Focus from Products to Problem Solving – Lori Bruno – Episode 69

In this episode of the Mind the Innovation Leadership Podcast, host Sannah Vinding is joined by special guest Lori Bruno, President of Luscombe Engineering of San Francisco. They discuss the importance of effective communication in the electronics manufacturing industry, particularly within the relationship between manufacturers and manufacturing reps. Lori shares valuable insights about solving customer problems, adapting to remote work challenges, and finding innovative marketing strategies.

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