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Mind The Innovation

Leadership is a skill set that everyone needs to master. It's not something you learn overnight. In fact, most people never get any training whatsoever. This means that as long as we continue to invest in our leaders' growth, we will always have the opportunity to build great teams. But if we stop investing in our team members' growth, then we won't have the ability to create great teams anymore. That's why I'm committed to helping every leader become a better leader. And that's also why I created: Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast The Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast is designed to help you develop the skills necessary to become a better leader. I have put together over 30 hours of video content that covers everything from how to improve your communication, understand company culture and more. I believe that leadership is a lifelong journey!


E56, Achieving Digital Transformation in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry
The electronics industry is constantly evolving, and the pace of change has only accelerated in recent years. With the advent of new technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, engineers are now required to have a more interdisciplinary skill set, which includes knowledge of software development, data analytics, and computer engineering, in addition to traditional mechanical and electrical engineering skills. But how can manufacturers and manufacturers reps serve engineers in the best way to keep up with the speed of development? You can reach Cameron on LinkedIn: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! Sannah #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #electronics #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #peoplecentric #podcast #electronicsindustry #innominders In this episode of the Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast, Cameron English, President/CEO at English Technical Sales, joins the show to discuss how to grow and shape future strategies by creating an organizational culture. He will share his insights on how to foster an agile and resilient culture, the importance of investing in digital technologies, and how to empower employees to take ownership of their roles. The conversation will also delve into how to navigate disruptions and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. Listeners will gain valuable insights into how to build a culture that drives innovation and success in the fast-paced world of electronics manufacturing.
28:58 1/17/23
E55, Gaining an Edge in the Electronics Industry: From Skills to Strategies
As the electronics industry becomes increasingly competitive, it can be challenging to gain an edge. But with the right skills and strategies, you can stand out from the competition. I invited Walter Tobin to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast to discuss what it takes to gain an edge in the electronics industry. Key takeaways: - To be effective, manufacturers should offer customized training that is accurate, timely, and up-to-date for each region. - Manufacturers must find a balance between meeting the rapid pace of the industry and providing accurate, consistent information to meet the demand for knowledge. - Investing in the development of in-house talent through training and professional growth opportunities is a cost-effective solution to addressing talent shortages. You can reach Walter on LinkedIn: or email him at or call 617-901-4088 For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #electronics #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #peoplecentric #podcast #electronicsindustry #innominders
33:34 1/3/23
E54, Why are visualization and sketching beneficial to businesses?
Are you tired of endless meetings and confusing spreadsheets? It's time to try visualization and sketching as a way to communicate and solve problems within your business. Discover the benefits and see how this simple tool can revolutionize the way you work. Visualization and sketching can be incredibly powerful tools to help you develop and communicate your ideas, no matter the size of your business. Whether you’re in the process of executing a strategy or just beginning to craft one, visualizing it can have identifiable benefits. I invited Kevin Dulle to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast to discuss the benefits businesses can get from visualizing and sketching. Key Takeaways: 1. Visual translation is all about telling a story with the information you have. By using visual elements like charts, graphs, and diagrams, you can easily convey complex ideas and data in a way that is easy for others to understand. 2. Translating languages into visual form can be incredibly powerful for businesses that operate in multiple countries or regions. It allows you to communicate ideas and information in a way that is universal, regardless of language barriers. 3. Using visual translation in the workplace can have a positive impact on company culture and performance. It encourages collaboration and creativity and can help teams to work more efficiently and effectively. It can also foster a positive attitude among employees, as they are able to clearly understand and engage with the information being presented. You can reach Kevin on LinkedIn: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #visualtranslation #visualnotetaking #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #peoplecentric #podcast #visualthinking #experiencedesign #innominders
34:31 12/20/22
E53, Why experience-centric design and cross-cultural design really matter
In today's global economy, there is a growing need for companies to design products that appeal to consumers across cultures. When developing products for international markets, it is important to understand cultural differences between countries. For example, people in Japan may not appreciate the same things as Americans. This means that businesses must take into account the needs of their target audience before they begin development. When designing a digital product, there are certain things you need to consider before launching it into the wild. One thing that should never go overlooked is cultural sensitivity. I invited Gleb Kuznetsov to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast to discuss continuous innovation and cross-cultural design challenges. Companies need to constantly innovate and adapt to changes in their market. Companies need to constantly innovate and adapt to changing customer needs. However, when designing new products, there are certain cultural differences between different countries and regions that must be considered. When creating a new product, it’s important to consider not only what customers might want, but also what they expect. That means understanding the culture and customs of the market where your product will be sold. When designing for cross-culturally diverse markets, there are some things you should keep in mind. In this podcast episode, we’ll take a look at what makes up a successful cross-cultural design strategy. Designing for different cultures requires a unique set of skills. As designers, our job is to create beautiful designs that work across all types of platforms. But when working with international clients, we need to understand their culture and adapt our designs accordingly. Key takeaways: Brands should consider experience centric design and cross cultural design when they launch their products or services internationally. Innovation isn't just about creating new products or offering new service offerings; it's about changing the ways people think and act. Make sure to complete your research and discovery phase by listening to different opinions from different departments and different types of people. Cross-cultural design Cross-cultural design is a challenge for any designer working internationally. There are many factors involved in creating a successful product launch, such as understanding the culture of the country in which you're designing, knowing the language of the consumers, and having a clear idea of what kind of product you're trying to sell. These challenges are compounded by the fact that different countries have different standards for what constitutes good design. Some cultures prefer minimalism, others like bold colors and patterns, and still others appreciate simplicity. Understanding these preferences and incorporating them into your designs can help ensure that your products appeal to local tastes and customs. Color plays an important role in conveying cultural meanings when creating digital experiences. Colors play a huge role in conveying cultural messages when designing digital experiences. There are many different cultures around the world, and each one has its own set of beliefs and traditions. These beliefs and traditions influence everything from clothing choices to food preferences. Color plays a big part in these decisions, and designers should take advantage of this by incorporating culturally appropriate colors into their designs. Innovation is a complex process involving many different factors Innovation is a process that involves many different factors, such as technology, design, and human interaction. However, it's impossible to innovate without taking into account the perspective of others. Diversity is a critical part of any innovative project, and it's something that we should embrace. We should strive to understand the needs of our consumers and employees, and incorporate these insights into our designs and processes. By understanding the ways in which people around the world behave differently, we can improve our products and services to meet their needs. This leads to innovations that are truly universal. You have to remember that Innovation is not just about new products or services – it's about changing the way things work. Companies should embrace cultural diversity in order to remain competitive. Innovation thrives when there are different points of view. In fact, it’s been proven that diversity of thought breeds creativity and inspires innovation. A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found that teams composed of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences outperformed those comprised of members with similar backgrounds. Experience-centered design is a critical component of innovation because it focuses on creating experiences that are meaningful and memorable. By focusing on the end result rather than the process, designers are able to create innovative solutions that solve real problems. This type of design is especially important in industries like healthcare, education, retail, and hospitality, where consumers expect high levels of service and convenience. These businesses are constantly innovating by developing new ways to improve the overall experience for their customers. Understanding the cultural nuances Brands should consider experience-centered design and cross-cultural design when launching products or services internationally. This includes understanding the cultural nuances of each market, including language, customs, values, beliefs, and more. In addition, it’s important to test your designs with an international audience to ensure you are creating something that works well across cultures. People from different cultures use technology differently. If you're working on a product design project, remember that culture plays a huge role in how people use technology. For example, many Asian countries have very specific ideas about how their phones should look and feel. They also tend to prefer apps over websites because they like to interact directly with the app itself. On the flip side, Westerners often prefer to browse through websites rather than use apps. This means that you may need to take into account cultural differences when creating new products. You can reach Gleb on LinkedIn: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
35:31 12/6/22
E52, How to Humanize the Recruiting & Hiring Process
When hiring new employees, most companies go with the tried and true method of posting job openings online and waiting for applicants to apply. This approach has worked well for years because it's cheap and fast. But it also means that many qualified candidates miss out on jobs. In order to humanize the recruitment and hiring process, you must first understand why people join organizations. Once you do, you can create a culture where everyone feels valued and appreciated. It makes the recruitment and interviewing process less stressful and more fun for both parties. I invited Mike Thomson to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast to discuss how to humanize the recruiting and hiring process. Key takeaways: Employees are actually productive when they're working from their homes and companies can still succeed by offering remote workers flexible schedules. Building a business network is a great way to meet like-minded people who may be able to help you achieve success. By connecting with these people, you can gain access to resources, advice, and support that you wouldn't otherwise have. Additionally, having a network of contacts can open doors to new opportunities. The two most important elements that are missing from a job description are how you work and who you're working with. Candidates are demanding more transparency and authenticity from employers. The job landscape is changing. Candidates want more transparency and authenticity from their employers. Candidates are now more open than ever before to disclosing their personal information. This includes things like LinkedIn accounts, online portfolios, and previous job experience. Candidates want to understand what you're looking for from them, why you're interviewing them, and how well they fit into your team. Use this information to ensure you choose an employee who truly fits into your company. Humanizing a Remote Workplace: 3 Ways to Do It Managing remote teams is difficult enough without dealing with a lack of human interaction. However, it doesn't have to stay that way. There are three ways managers can help their employees feel like they're part of a bigger team. 1. Be there for them. You don't need to be physically present to meet people; however, you do need to be physically present if you want to connect with them. You can still use videoconferencing tools such as zoom and skype to keep everyone in sync. Even if you're not physically present at the meeting, you can still communicate with your team using Slack, email, text messaging, etc. 2. Provide feedback. Managers who provide feedback to their employees are able to build trust among their teams. Praise people for doing things well. If someone needs assistance, offer guidance. Don't just sit there waiting for things to go wrong; instead, take proactive measures to avoid them happening in the first place. 3. Make sure everyone feels included. To create a strong, cohesive team you need to ensure that everyone feels valued. Both genders include both males and females. When you talk about your team, be sure to recognize each member individually. Thank them for their hard work. Connecting for Culture and Humanity It seems like every day there's a new story about how technological advances are changing our lives. Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and automation are becoming increasingly important topics in our society today. As per McKinsey & Co., nearly half of all current jobs could be automated by 2030, which means that there would be plenty of new opportunities for people who want to get into tech. While many people worry about the negative effects of technological progress, there is one area in which technology has improved human lives—and that’s at work. As companies seek ways to improve employee satisfaction and retain employees, they're looking at virtual workplaces to help foster feelings of belonging and connection. Virtual workplaces offer a variety of benefits, including increased efficiency, improved employee satisfaction, and better customer service. They also let companies grow fast without having to spend lots of money on building new physical infra­structure. Because they don't require large upfront investments, these strategies can be put into place relatively easily. Why don't more organizations adopt virtual workspaces? There are several reasons why people don't use bots for their business, including concerns about security and privacy. However, these problems are being addressed, and if you approach virtual working correctly then the potential advantages greatly outweigh the risks. What Does It Take To Reframe Work Culture? Redefining "culture" is about redefining the way we see our jobs and the way that we approach our career paths. We often think of our jobs as something that has to be endured until we retire, rather than something we actually enjoy doing. We can reframe our job culture by changing the way we think about our jobs and ourselves at the office. Instead of viewing our jobs as drudgeries, we see them as opportunities for personal development and improvement. We stop feeling guilty for not working and instead enjoy the benefits of having a career that provides us with financial stability. Instead of constantly looking at our lives through the lens of comparison, we learn to appreciate the things we already have instead. We focus less on the bad things we're doing at work and instead celebrate the good things we're doing. We stop seeing our jobs as a burden and instead see them as a source of fulfillment. If you want to hire someone new, making sure that you hire the right person for the position will be easier if you take some time to humanize the hiring process. Understanding their strengths and weakness, personality traits, and career ambitions will help you know where to look when you hire them. Once you've found the right person for the job, you'll also know why they want to work for you. You can reach Mike Thomson on LinkedIn: or check out the website: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #recruiting #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
31:14 11/22/22
E51, How To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
Are you afraid of public speaking? Or maybe you just need some tips on improving your skills. Either way, there are plenty of resources available to help you improve your public speaking skills. Whether you’re giving a presentation at work, delivering a speech at school, or even presenting at a conference, public speaking is a skill everyone needs to master. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to improve your public speaking skills. This podcast episode will help you become a better speaker. I invited Brenden Kumarasamy to be a guest on Mind The Innovation Leadership Podcast and to discuss how to improve your public speaking. Key takeaways: Use daily word practice sessions to improve your public speaking skills. Presenting virtually is a permanent skill, not a temporary one. By practicing your presentation like a jigsaw puzzle., you help yourself to be clear and concise when presenting. The Importance of Strong Public Speaking Skills Public speaking is important because it teaches you how to communicate effectively with others. Whether you're giving a speech to your boss, your class, or your friends, learning how to speak publicly is a valuable skill. It also helps you gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. And finally, it teaches you how to interact with different kinds of audiences, which is something that you'll need to do throughout life. Public speaking can be an important aspect of your job or educational career. You might even consider it a skill set that could help you advance within your organization. But what exactly does public speaking entail? How do you go about developing those skills? And how can you use them to your advantage? In today’s digital world, people are increasingly relying on technology to communicate. This includes emailing colleagues, posting status updates on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and sending text messages. However, there are still many situations where face-to-face communication is necessary. For example, meeting clients or customers, giving presentations, answering questions during interviews, and participating in panel discussions. If you want to improve your ability to speak publicly, here are some tips to keep in mind: 1. Start early You don’t necessarily need to spend hours practicing every day. In fact, starting out too late can actually hinder your progress. Instead, start small. Begin by reading articles online or listening to podcasts related to public speaking. Then, practice reading aloud. Next, try writing down key points and practicing delivering speeches. Finally, record yourself and listen to your speech. If possible, find someone else to give feedback. 2. Be prepared Make sure you know the topic ahead of time. Also, prepare notes. These notes should include the main points you plan to make, along with supporting information. They should also contain a list of questions you might ask during your presentation. Why Is Public Speaking Important? Being good at public speaking shows self-confidence and credibility. People like to hear other peoples' opinions about themselves or their ideas, especially when those opinions are positive. A person who speaks well is usually perceived as being intelligent and knowledgeable. This makes it easier to persuade others to buy what you're selling. A strong presentation is an effective sales tool because it allows customers to see how much you know about your product. When you speak confidently about your product, people tend to believe you. They'll trust you more and be willing to try out your product. Public speaking is important for anyone who wants to make money in today's world. If you want to start a business, become a politician, or run for office, having a great reputation in front of large groups of people is essential. You need to be able to communicate effectively in order to succeed. Daily word exercises are great for improving your public speaking skills. By practicing everyday, you'll eventually feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people. While you may never be able to speak in front of thousands of people, you can still gain confidence by regularly practicing. There are many different ways to practice public speaking, such as writing speeches, reading scripts aloud, and recording yourself giving presentations. Once you've mastered these techniques, you'll be ready to take on any challenge! Let Your Personality Come Through. The best way to connect with people online isn’t always about selling your product or service. Sometimes it’s about being human. When you show your personality, people feel more comfortable around you. They want to know what makes you tick. And because they trust you, they are more likely to buy from you. In fact, according to research conducted by HubSpot, there are three key ways to build trust online. People are willing to do business with someone they trust. In turn, they trust people who are genuine, honest, and authentic. So, how does one become trustworthy? By showing your personality. Public speaking isn't scary—it's fun! And if you're looking to improve your communication skills, learning to speak publicly will give you the confidence boost you need to take charge of any situation. Whether you're planning a speech for work, giving a presentation at a conference, or even just chatting with friends, practicing public speaking will help you become a better communicator. Best of all, once you master the art of public speaking, you'll never have to worry about being nervous again! You can reach Brenden on LinkedIn: or check out his website: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #publicspeaking #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
29:35 11/8/22
E50, Consumer Psychology - what does it mean and how to use it?
Consumer Psychology is the study of how consumers make decisions. It looks at the factors that influence our buying habits and helps us predict how we will react to certain situations. In today's fast-paced world, understanding consumer psychology is essential to succeed. Consumers are constantly bombarded with information from every direction. They must make quick decisions based on limited data. Understanding consumer psychology gives businesses insight into how customers respond to products and services. This knowledge allows companies to create effective advertising campaigns, design compelling websites, and develop innovative products. The goal of this episode is to provide listeners with the basics of consumer psychology and how it impacts buying behavior and customer engagement in today's society. Key Takeaways: - Research has shown that when customers are emotionally engaged in your brand, they are three times more valuable over the course of their lifetime to the brand. - The real power of data comes in when we can combine it with human insights to create something that is unique, differentiated from a different perspective, or a different take on the behavior that can help brands and retailers really set themselves apart - It's really important that we continually think about relationships with customers just like we would relationships with people in our lives. Consumer psychology is the study of human behavior and how consumers interact with brands. It examines why people behave the way they do, and how businesses can influence these behaviors to achieve their own objectives. Consumers' motivations vary depending on their situation, so understanding how different situations affect consumer behavior can help businesses tailor their messages and offerings to meet the needs of their customers. Market research studies help companies understand customer attitudes and behaviors. They provide insights into how consumers think about brands, products, and services. These insights allow marketing managers to make better decisions based on data rather than intuition. In addition, market research enables advertisers to develop successful campaigns that appeal to customers and build brand loyalty. There are many ways to capture a customer's attention, but the best way is to give them exactly what they want. By understanding what your customers want, you can design a product or service that meets their needs. Once you understand what your customers want, it becomes much easier to figure out how to sell to them. You can reach Chris on LinkedIn: or check out his website: or more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
34:55 10/25/22
E49, Is Innovation Measurable?
When was the last time you heard someone say “I don’t measure innovation?” That’s because measuring innovation has become a key part of running a successful company. In today’s competitive market, companies need to innovate constantly to stay ahead of their competition. However, measuring innovation isn’t always easy. This episode provides tips on how to measure innovation effectively so that you can improve your company’s performance. In this episode, we have guest Esther Gons, CEO and Co-Founder at GroundControl and Co-Author of Innovation Accounting and The Corporate Startup. Key Takeaways: - Diversity is important for any team, especially when working on something new. Only by having different perspectives can you achieve the best result. - If you are able to invalidate something really quick you can put your effort towards more optimistic ideas that are more validated. - Innovation is actually really difficult and requires a diverse group of people. To succeed, you need a diverse group of people who are willing to put in the effort. Esther shares her thoughts on how innovations begin with your company’s definition of innovation. She also talks about how innovation is really hard work and how diversity within your team provides different perspectives and this helps you to get the best results. You can reach Esther on LinkedIn: or check out her book: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #podcast #innominders
30:05 10/11/22
E48, Why Strategic Product Management (SPM) is Important.
Product managers often get blamed for failing products. But the truth is, most product failures happen because the product manager didn't do enough research before making decisions. In order to make sure your product succeeds, you must first understand the customer. This means understanding what customers really want from your product and why. Once you've done that, you can begin designing a solution that will satisfy these needs. This is where strategic product management comes in. Strategic product management is the art of knowing what the customer wants before you build anything. It's the difference between building something great and just another mediocre product. In this episode, we have guest Steve Johnson, Chief Product Office at Product Growth Leaders. Key Takeaways: - Your goalie should never be your top scorer in soccer. - Don't love your product, love the customer's problem and make the product do what they want. - The goal of product management is for us to know our customers so well that we build a product that sells itself. You can reach Steve on LinkedIn: or twitter: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks for listening!
36:06 9/27/22
E47, Why Project Management is a Behavioral Discipline
The world of data analytics is changing at warp speed. New technologies are emerging every day, and we're seeing unprecedented amounts of data being generated. This means that we need to be able to analyze this data quickly and efficiently. We must use data to help us make better decisions. But data alone isn't enough. Without human insight, we may not understand the data well enough to make effective decisions. So we need to combine data analysis with human experience. In this episode, we have guest Marcus Glowasz, Transformation Strategy Advisor & Facilitator, Executive Coach. Key Takeaways: - Data and human experience insights are both necessary for any successful project management strategy - Without human insight, we may not understand the data well enough to make effective decisions - Failure becomes a goal in project management when you realize that you can't succeed without failing. You can reach Marcus on LinkedIn: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. You can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this Website: Thanks Listening!
40:09 9/13/22
E46, Effective Leadership - How to Tackle Difficult Conversations
Difficult conversations are inevitable in any organization. They happen every day, and they are often unavoidable. But most leaders aren’t trained to handle these situations effectively. Leadership is not just about being nice and polite; it is about making tough decisions and dealing with conflict. It takes courage and strength to make unpopular choices, especially when others disagree with you. This is why it is important to learn how to have difficult conversations. In this episode, we have guest Jerry E. Fu, Founder & Owner - Adapting Leaders, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting. You can Reach Jerry E. Fu on LinkedIn: Adapting leaders; Visit the website:
36:26 8/30/22
E45, Why Trust Between Leaders and Employees is Crucial for Innovation and Growth
Trust is essential to any relationship. It’s also critical to employee engagement and productivity. In fact, research shows that companies with high levels of trust among their leaders and employees outperform their peers by 20%. But how do you build trust within your organization? And how does trust impact innovation and growth? In this episode, we have guest Dr. Toby Travis, Founder of TrustED® and Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group.
30:03 8/16/22
E44, Company Culture In A Hybrid Environment – Why It’s Important
Company culture is what makes your company unique. It’s what sets your company apart from other companies. It’s the foundation upon which everything else is built. In today’s fast-paced world, companies need to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. Companies that succeed in adapting to change often find themselves thriving in a hybrid environment where they operate across different channels. However, when they fail to integrate their culture into their daily operations, they risk losing their employees and customers. In this episode, we have guest Josh Levine, Owner of Great Mondays. Josh talks about why it is important to understand what makes up a company’s culture before trying to implement change. he talks about how values are important because they can help shape the culture of a company. When people share common values, they tend to work together more effectively. This means that they will have better communication skills. "Culture work is really only for organizations that want to have success in the long term" Josh Levine Key Takeaways: Culture work is really only for organizations that want to have success in the long term. Connect employees together so they feel part of a bigger community. The future of culture is really about communities internally and externally. Hybrid environments are becoming increasingly common in our modern society. As technology continues to advance, businesses must evolve their strategies to stay competitive. Creating a company culture when working remotely isn't always easy. There are many different factors that go into creating a successful culture, such as having clear communication standards, ensuring everyone knows what's expected, and establishing a set of core values. Some of these elements may seem obvious, but others may require some thought and planning When defining your company culture, it's important to remember that it's not just about what happens inside your office walls. Your company culture extends beyond those four walls and into the lives of everyone who works for you. Company culture is something that defines the values and beliefs of a group of employees. These values and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation within a family, and they are also taught by role models like parents and teachers. Companies that have a clear set of core values tend to perform better than others, and they also attract and retain top talent. However, many businesses struggle to integrate these values into their everyday operations. One of the biggest challenges is finding ways to communicate these values to everyone involved in the organization. To help ensure that your company culture remains strong, it's essential to address these issues early on. By doing so, you'll be able to avoid potential problems later on and create a positive environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued. You can reach Josh on LinkedIn: or learn more about the Book: Great Mondays For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #culture #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
40:59 8/2/22
E43, Entrepreneur or corporate explorer? A new choice for innovators
Corporate explorers are people who use their experience within a corporation to help launch new ventures. The biggest difference between corporate explorers and entrepreneurs is speed. Entrepreneurs tend to focus on creating a great product and growing it organically, whereas corporate explorers tend to focus on finding a market and scaling rapidly. In this episode, we have guest Andy Binns, Director and Co-Founder of Change Logic, LLC Andy talks about how corporate explorers are individuals who build innovative businesses within corporations. He talks about the rise of corporate explorers as one example of how companies are stepping up their efforts to find, nurture, and deploy new technologies. Corporations already own the ideas, resources, and critical talent to create disruptive innovation. But they need a way to bring these innovations to market quickly and efficiently. He also talks about how corporate explorers are an important part of this process because they can help identify promising technologies that might not be obvious or easy to develop on your own "I look at a Corporate Explorer and I see not only somebody who is driving a new business and new business model and new capability but also incubating a culture." Andy Binns Key Takeaways: When you hire a Corporate Explorer you should expect them to bring new ideas into the company, and help change the culture Corporate explorers are people who use their experience within a corporation to help launch new ventures Creativity is the most important skill in today’s workplace and creativity is about originality, innovation, and risk taking Corporate explorers can bring their knowledge of how things work in a big company to the table. They understand what resources are available to them, and can leverage those resources to make a successful business. The role of corporate explorers is evolving as companies look to build more strategic partnerships with startups and other external partners, but it’s still critical to have them in place. As we move into a new era of innovation, where technology will play a larger role in driving business growth, these corporate explorers will become even more essential. Corporate explorers are the bridge between your company and the startup ecosystem. They help you understand what’s happening on the ground, how startups are using emerging technologies, and how they can be applied to your own products or services Explorers don’t just look at things from one perspective. They see what others might miss. Explorers think differently about problems. And they take risks. So how do you become an explorer? Start by asking yourself some questions. Are you curious about everything around you? Do you like learning new things? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’re ready to start exploring. You can reach Andy on Linkedin: or learn more about the Book: Corporate Explorers: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #corporateexplorer #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
31:51 7/19/22
E42: Challenges around entrepreneurship (the good, the bad and the ugly side)
There's no doubt that entrepreneurship is exciting and rewarding. But there's also a lot of hard work involved. And sometimes that hard work isn't glamorous at all. That's why curiosity is important. Curiosity helps you understand the not glamorous side of entrepreneurial life. In this episode, we have guest Eric Lo, CEO and Co-founder at Krado Inc. Eric talks about the "pretty" and "ugly" sides of entrepreneurship and shares his experience when starting Krado (a plant care startup using data from sensors, and guidance from expert growers). He talks about the one thing you really need as an entrepreneurial person is curiosity, you need to be interested in the unknown and want to dive deep into it, this is the most important thing for you to keep yourself alive in this business. Eric also talks about the need for entrepreneurs to be "on their feet" learn new things constantly and adapt to constant rapid changes. "The biggest thing you have to do is believe in yourself. That's the biggest hurdle" Eric Lo. Key Takeaways: Entrepreneurship is a journey of learning. The biggest thing you need to do is believe in your ability to succeed. That's the biggest obstacle Failing means you're pushing hard. Failing means you're learning When you're curious about something, you ask questions. You don't just sit back and take things for granted. You explore, experiment, and try different approaches. Curiosity also means being willing to explore new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new experiences. Entrepreneurship is a journey, and you need to be open to exploring new paths, new places, and new people. In short, curiosity makes you better prepared for entrepreneurship. You can reach Eric on LinkedIn: or visit Krado: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #startup #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
35:36 7/5/22
E41: Don't underestimate the value of internal communication
As organizations become increasingly complex, innovative, and fast-paced, they need leaders who can build strong relationships within their teams and across organizational boundaries. Communication is essential because it helps you understand where your team members are coming from and what they need. Internal communication also allows you to build trust between your team members and yourself, which leads to better collaboration and faster decision-making. Change management is a critical factor in any organization. It requires planning, communication, implementation, and evaluation. Change management is not just about changing the status quo; it’s about creating new behaviors and attitudes. It’s about building a culture of continuous improvement where people are empowered to improve processes and outcomes. In this episode, we have guest Caleb Gardner, Founding Partner & Managing Partner at 18 Coffees. Caleb talks about effective communication and how important it is for managers to communicate with their teams and to their managers. He also talks about what it takes to succeed with change and that it's really important to get the right team together to lead the change at all levels. Another key point is how we underestimate the value of internal communication amongst our employees and staff and other stakeholders. You need to be able to get people involved and use communication as an important part of the toolkit and start planning for communication up front when working on change management. "If we don't get the people who are actually doing the work bought in on this new direction, it's not really going to be successful" Caleb Gardner. Key Takeaways: That the pandemic showed us that our assumptions about the nature of work were based on norms not necessarily anything that was of value. Communication planning is an essential part of the toolkit for change management. It has never been more important for businesses to build strong teams of employees who can adapt to changing conditions. But internal communication isn't only about sharing information. It's also about keeping everyone informed and involved. So don't overlook internal communication during the early stages of your change management initiative. We need to be curious about what others may have done before us and be open to trying new things. We must be collaborative and allow other people to contribute their own ideas. And we should always disrupt ourselves and our environment to see what else might come out of it. you can reach Caleb on LinkedIn: or learn more right here: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
34:19 6/21/22
E40, 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. Agile transformations are often challenging because they require a change in mindset and approach for both those leading the effort and those following. An agile transformation requires a willingness to embrace change and uncertainty. Leaders must understand that there will be resistance to change and that it takes time to get buy-in. In this episode, we have guest Mark Adler Madsen, Co-Founder & Partner at Aspire Innovation. Mark talks about that it's not an agile transformation it's an agile evolution. Agile evolution is important because it helps organizations become more agile and flexible. In other words, it allows companies to change quickly by letting them adopt new technology and skills faster. Mark also talks about how agile methodologies excel when tackling complex problems and emphasize that it’s when you need to apply these methods that you really get the most value from them. Another key component to succeeding with agile is that leadership needs to be on board with it and you need to realize that this is not another process change.. "Just keep asking questions, because you don't necessarily know what the right questions are" Mark Adler Madsen. Key takeaways: # How agile evolution allows companies to embrace change while still maintaining stability. # That leadership needs to be on board with it and you need to realize that this is not another process change. # You need to have a learning loop in everything you do. Agile transformations are often challenging because they require a change in mindset and approach for both those leading the effort and those following. An agile transformation requires a willingness to embrace change and uncertainty. Leaders must understand that there will be resistance to change and that it takes time to get buy-in. We live in a time where technological advancements happen faster than ever before. Not only do businesses need to adapt to these changes, but they must also ensure their employees are able to keep up with the pace of innovation. You can reach Mark on LinkedIn or learn more about Aspire Innovation right here: or more For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #problemsolving #peoplecentric #Agile #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #podcast #innominders
34:08 6/7/22
E39: 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. In this episode, we have guests Kim & Todd Saxton, Award-winning professors at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business and co-authors of 'The Titanic Effect'. Kim & Todd talks about how the entrepreneurial journey involves navigating uncertainty rather than taking risks. They talk about that if you can handle uncertainty and create opportunities as well as create challenges then you're in a better position to not just navigate but to take advantage of that uncertainty to create a positive inflection point for your business. They also talk about the two main reasons why startup fails - one is the lack of good market fit and the other one is they are running out of money. Market fit refers to how well a company fits into its target audience. It’s also known as customer fit or product fit. If you don’t know who your customers are, you won’t be able to create the products they want. You may think you know what your customers want, but if you don’t test your assumptions with real customers, you could end up building something nobody wants. "We're both very passionate about enabling the innovators." Kim and Todd Saxton Key takeaways: Startups fail because they lack a good product/market fit & they are running out of money The importance of learning how to navigate and address the uncertainties and unknowns when you start a new venture. Having good discovery skills is important for startups There are many things that make up successful startups. A passionate, driven, and committed founder is very important. Being patient and persistent is also important. Observing, listening, and learning is other things that make up successful startups. A successful leader should be passionate about what he or she does. He or she should also be able to lead by example. Startups need leaders who know how to manage people and projects. Leaders must be able to work well with others, and they must know how to make decisions. Startups are always trying new things. You should too. Don't be afraid to try something new or different. You can reach Kim and Todd on LinkedIn: To learn more about The Titanic Effect - click here: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #startups #peoplecentric #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurship #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
37:18 5/24/22
E38 Bonus - Winning Innovation - Interview with Norbert Majerus
Bonus Episode. Interview with Norbert about his new book called: Winning Innovation - An engaging business novel, Winning Innovation dives into the art and science of innovation. In today’s fast-paced business environment, leaders need to develop innovative ways to drive organizational success. This requires a shift in mindset – away from traditional management practices towards more agile and collaborative approaches. In Winning Innovation, Norbert Majerus takes you on an exciting and interesting R&D transformation journey, the business novel explores a lot of the ups and downs everyone experiences when working in research and development (R&D). It shows that for successful business transformation, organizations must focus on people, communication, and processes. You can reach Norbert on LinkedIn: Buy the book here: or here: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #peoplecentric #effectiveness #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
08:49 5/17/22
E37: 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. In this episode, we have guest Heather Polivka, CEO of Heather P Solutions. Heather talks about why (and how) to embrace a more people-centric leadership style and why leadership development is essential for any company to succeed. People are the most valuable asset in any company and leaders should focus on making sure that everyone feels valued. She talks about how brands start from the beginning with the brand itself and then define values in terms of behaviors. It's all about making sure they hold themselves accountable for leading inside these behaviors that will make their company succeed. Leaders must take time out to examine ways in which their employees can be inspired to perform better. This can be done by recognizing them for their efforts and giving them positive feedback. Key takeaways: Why does fear impact our productivity zone versus the reward response in our brain The stuff that most companies miss is they do not then define the values in terms of behaviors Why you should adopt a more people-centric approach to leadership. You can reach Heather on LinkedIn: Learn more about Heather and HeatherP Solutions at: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening! #sannahvinding #mindtheinnovation #innovation #leadership #strategy #innovationstrategy #leadershipdevelopment #futureleaders #leadershippodcast #peopleskills #changemanagement #communication #keeplearning #problemsolving #peoplecentric #effectiveness #companyculture #professionaldevelopment #innominders
38:41 5/10/22
E36: 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. In this episode, we have guest Roy Osing, former president, CMO, and entrepreneur. Roy talks about how audacious leaders work alongside their people. They let them know why they are doing what they're doing. They involve their people in problem-solving and opportunity making. He also talks about how audacious leaders are willing to get the best results through honest collaborations and compromises, and that they're open to new ideas and ways of doing business. They exercise humility to allow communal successes and network growth. "Motivating people was all about connecting with them emotionally" Roy Osing Learn more here: For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening!
41:00 4/26/22
E35: 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. In this episode, we have guest RJ Grimshaw, CEO for UniFi , Intrapreneur, Investor, Growth Champion. For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening!
31:27 4/12/22
E34: 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. In this episode, we have guest Jamie Flinchbaugh Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Consultant, and Author. Jamie talks about how he has watched people struggle to get better at problem-solving and the most important one is just framing the problem that you're dealing with. So, if we're stuck with any kind of a problem, then we need to have a little bit of tension, a little bit of conflict, challenge each other to think harder, and then break out of our current situation. And those breakthroughs require so much more effort. And so I believe that good problem solving should invite disagreement. "Ownership is about taking the next step, not just seeing a problem and looking back and admiring the problem and just hoping somebody comes along." Jamie Flinchbaugh. For more content like this, subscribe to Mind The Innovation on Apple or Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. Jamie Flinchbaugh ►LinkedIn ►Website you can find Sannah on LinkedIn: or visit this website: Thanks for Listening!
31:27 3/29/22
E33 Keep Investing In Leadership Skills And Become A Better Leader
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. In this episode, we have guest Mark Herschberg, MIT Instructor, Fractional CTO, and the author of the book, The Career Toolkit.
31:52 3/15/22
E32: 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. In this episode, we have guest Charlotte Allen, CEO of Rebel Success for Leaders.
28:37 3/1/22
E31 How to think outside of your own experience.
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.
27:17 2/15/22
E30 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. In this episode, we have guest Bruno Pešec, who helps business leaders innovate profitably & President of Pesec Global. Bruno talks about how an innovation strategy is an approach to managing change that focuses on new ideas and ways of doing things. It helps companies think about how they will respond to changes in their environment. An innovation strategy can help a company plan for the future, make decisions about its products and services, and communicate these plans effectively.
38:22 2/1/22
E29: 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. In this episode, we have guest Stacy Ashley, High-Performance Leadership and Coaching Expert. Stacy Ashley talks about that you need to be connected, have the skill set to connect to yourself because your strength as a leader comes from yourself. She talks about how you must be able to contribute as a leader and provide leadership to the people who are looking to you for leadership. "Leadership is about helping people to bring those gifts out and really help people to realize their potential" Stacy Ashley Key takeaways: 1. Understand how leadership is about helping people to realize their potential. 2. Recognizing that being able to communicate online is a new important leadership skillset. 3. Understand how you can improve as a leader by stopping speaking as much and starting to listen more.
27:46 1/18/22
E28: 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. In this episode, we have guest Darrell Evans, Digital Growth Strategist & Co-Founder & CMO of Yokel Local Internet Marketing. Darrell Evans talks about the MindShift Method - where you must make peace with the facts, make new decisions based on those facts, make a plan and make it happen. He also talks about how leadership is the art of being able to pivot and being interested in the outcome of the whole and just not really worried about your role in terms of who gets the credit. "We can't take responsibility for someone else's mistakes. But we got to take our responsibility for: Is there something I could have done as a leader to end up with a better outcome?" Darrell Evans.
36:28 1/4/22
E27: 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. In this episode, we have guest Zoe Routh, Strategist & Leadership Expert, Owner of Inner Compass. Zoë Routh talks about how vulnerability and openness are two key leadership qualities that are often lacking in today's organizations. She also talks about how you can practice workplace transparency and how we need to expand our perspective (deep and wide perspective). One way is to dive deep below the surface is to use a visual representation called a "problem tree" which helps people understand complex issues by breaking them down into smaller parts. "if we're not learning from what didn't work, then we are not progressing" Zoë Routh.
38:46 12/21/21