Author: K. Melissa Kennedy (Page 9)

March 2016

Lebron James

Finding Your Office LeBron James

Forget about warmer weather and the promise of spring. In North Carolina where I live, the month of March means one thing -- the unbridled excitement of basketball fans relishing in March Madness. There's a business lesson to be learned from one of America's most popular sports, and I'm not just talking about the art of negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts. One of the most enigmatic players to emerge from the game in recent years is LeBron James. His athletic skill helped [...]

February 2016

Innovation in a cup of joe

Finding Innovation in a Cup of Coffee

Innovation doesn't have to be this forced, epic thing.  A simple cup of coffee can inspire a thought that brews into genius. The coffee culture that has caught on in the United States didn't exist several decades ago. A cup of joe used to be a strictly utilitarian beverage, limited to the industrial-strength office swill or watered-down instant crystals from a jar. Teens didn't drink it, and the local diner certainly didn't offer a mocha frappucino on the menu. But in [...]

January 2016

Learn 4 Real-Live-No-Jive Ways to Create an Innovative Corporate Culture

It's tacked on the office wall in virtually every company in America. Or maybe it's in that thick employee handbook that HR gave out at orientation. The Mission Statement. Typically, it's a collection of carefully crafted sentences meant to convey a purpose-driven ethos in the workplace. It's inviolable. It's sacrosanct. It's BORING and sometimes...meaningless. That mission statement hanging on the wall is also a reflection of corporate culture, which Inc. magazine defines as the shared values, attitudes, standards and beliefs that [...]

December 2015

Combat the Top 5 Silent Killers of Innovation With This Holiday Gift

Looking for the Best Corporate Gift Ever? Well here is it is: Enabling Innovation. You can deliver this gift that keeps on giving with two Easy Steps: Recognize the Top 5 Silent Innovation Killers Take action against the Top 5 Silent Innovation Killers Step 1: Recognize the Top 5 Silent Killers of Employee-Driven Innovation (All are guilty of these from managers to peers to executives) Infamous Eye Roll  You have been in the company meeting when a manager presents a problem for the team to help solve. Colleagues [...]

November 2015

4 Keys to Igniting Employee-driven Innovation

Innovation is the key to growth and profits. But, it doesn’t happen in isolation, in a lab or in the executive suite. It comes from the people who interact with your customers and fend off your competition every day. In other words, your employees. This is why the employee engagement epidemic is so dire, not only for company growth, but survival. 87% of employees worldwide are disengaged or indifferent at work, reports Gallup, one of the leading organizations that measure employee [...]

October 2015

Introducing Innovation-as-a-Skill

Can innovation be cultivated in an employee? We believe it can and innovation-as-a-skill makes it possible. Let’s define what we mean by this concept. First, a skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy or both.[1] Second, innovation is a new idea, a more effective device or process. It can be viewed as the application of better solutions.[2] When you break it down to its simplest [...]

September 2015

Team Offsite Sumo: Golf Outing vs 48 Innovate

This series of posts compares common team building offsite activities to our 48 Innovate experience.   There are usually 2 goals when companies do team offsites: To build a stronger bond among teammates in order to be more productive and successful To share information and collaborate toward some plan or outcome with maybe the side benefits of the listed above number one goal - team spirit We would put our 48 Innovate experience up against any team offsite exercise in order to accomplish both of [...]

August 2015

What’s Missing From Your Employee Survey

An annual employee survey is a pulse check of an employee's experience at a corporate, department or day-to-day level. Baseline data is compared, results rolled down to all the managers and then employees. Then what? That’s the missing piece. There is no consistent, actionable solution to integrate sustainable change while continuing to meet your department and company goals. Sure there are “action plans” that try to address things like recognition, communication, etc...but those are just add-ons. It’s like trying to fix a [...]

July 2015

Why Internal Innovation Projects Fail

Harvard research shows that 70-90% of efforts to foster internal innovation and intrapreneurship FAIL in large companies. It's a staggering statistic when you consider that CEOs of major companies rank innovation as a top 5 strategic priority. The answer to all this failure stems from a very human problem, NOT a technological one. QUESTION: Why internal innovation fails in large companies? ANSWER: Time and Resources Not earth-shattering, but true. It’s the allocation of those finite resources that matter. Often innovation or these types [...]

June 2015

48 Innovate Bacon Beats Out Drone

There were free pens and t-shirts--the usual conference swag. A booth down the way was even giving away a $350 drone. But I'm proud to say the 48 Innovate booth trumped them all with our attention getting prize. What made us so popular at the recent Central Florida Cisco Partner Appreciation Event? In a word, BACON. That's right, at 48 Innovate we give away bacon. And people line up to sign up for it. Why the bacon prize? Because it's original--just [...]

May 2015

Innovation At A Launch Party

Who says that every occasion can’t be an opportunity for innovation? We certainly would not. Our official launch party was a huge success! Festive beverages, amazing innovative leaders and a whacky photo contest with Vince Vaughn. #CleverCaption winner: Dr. Timm Crowder, Innovation and Technology Scout at GlaxoSmithKline, took home the bacon with this busines-as-usual caption: "We'll just run this by the Director of Status Quo and VP of No and get back to you." No long speeches or silly network games, just [...]

April 2015

3 Tips for a Speedy Start Post Reorganization

If you have ever worked for a big company, reorganization or "Reorgs” are as common as light sabers at a Star Wars convention. When a company reorganizes, it causes major distraction, chaos and fear. But it happens…and often in this light speed dynamic business environment of today. The best offense is defense. Here are the Top 3 Actions for a Quick Start Rally around a common goal Involve the new team in creating the go-forward plan Create a team building activity The key to a [...]