Innovation isn’t what you think it is.

Innovation is a topic we hear a lot about in the workplace, but it’s often misunderstood. Being innovative means more than just coming up with cool things to do. Innovation doesn’t have to be big and different, and it’s not something only geniuses do. Innovation comes as we look at who and how we serve as an organization and where we can improve on the value we deliver. Innovation comes as we look at our organization’s results. In this episode, listen as Dr. JoAnn Sternke discusses how true creativity and innovation can emerge as we focus on adding value—and how leaders can do this in crisis times.

This episode addresses questions, such as:

  • How can leaders help foster a spirit of innovation among team members?
  • What kinds of questions can leaders ask to help bring about innovative solutions?
  • What should leaders focus on in order to inspire innovation that leads their organization from surviving to thriving amid COVID-19?

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Busting Through Barriers

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