Facilitators Unplugged with Shyam Viswanathan

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Sep 9, 2016 2:23:30 PM

When Shyam Viswanathan says being a facilitator keeps him on his toes, he means it. With more than 1,500 ExperienceChange and ExperienceInnovation experiences under his belt, he’s on the road six days a week, facilitating workshops for a commercial vehicles manufacturer one day and the largest bank in the middle east the next. From oil and gas to mobile communications to consulting, each company environment allows him to step into a new world, and that means there’s no time to get bored. Shyam shared with us a little more about his globetrotting ways, as well as his mentorship goals.

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Topics: Change Management, Facilitators, Innovation

Facilitators Unplugged with Rupert Hodges

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Aug 9, 2016 9:08:07 AM

Working predominantly with large multinationals, Rupert Hodges focuses on leadership development, specializing in the areas of leadership transition, emotional intelligence and change leadership. Although he’s only been running his own business for about a year, he’s already facilitated 14 ExperienceChange sessions, reaching more than 556 people. We recently spoke with Rupert about his work and facilitation experiences, and we also discovered a little bit about his own personal learning journey to becoming a black belt.

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Topics: Change Management

Facilitators Unplugged with Michael Campbell

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jul 18, 2016 9:37:38 AM

Based in Austin, Texas, Michael Campbell is Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he is responsible for the creation and delivery of leadership solutions for organizations. We caught up with him recently to chat about his work as an ExperienceChange facilitator and how he’s helping people get “unstuck.” We also learned that we might just want to pick his pocket.

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Topics: Facilitators

Facilitators Unplugged with Nicki Affonso-McMorrow

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jun 21, 2016 9:17:43 AM

Two years ago, Nicki Affonso-McMorrow relocated from San Francisco to Austin, Texas, to join Dell as a member of the Supply Chain Development Program. Today, she works as an Innovation Senior Analyst. A member of the strategy and innovation team, which formed about three years ago, she completed her ExperienceInnovation certification last August and has been “popping in” wherever design thinking support is needed across global operations. Nicki shared with us her experiences sparking innovation in some of the more traditional corners of “the world’s largest startup.”

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Topics: Facilitators

Are Your Most Valuable Innovators Hiding in Plain Sight?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jun 9, 2016 3:17:11 PM

A number of months ago, IDEO announced that it had joined kyu collective, a creative collective of partner companies working together to come up with solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. While the intentions are grand, the concept is fairly simple: bring together organizations with complementary creative skills and missions, give them the tools to collaborate, invent, make, prototype and design, and it’s not only possible but likely that they’ll do great things.

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Topics: Innovation

Facilitators Unplugged with Kerryn Ross

Posted by ExperiencePoint on May 24, 2016 2:45:51 PM

We recently sat down with Kerryn Ross for a lively and candid conversation that took us from the “ahas” of true collaboration to the many virtues of wearing black at important facilitation gigs. We are lucky to have Kerryn in our network and to have her insights to share with others in our network. And we know who to call the next time we have a headache.

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Topics: Facilitators

What Does It Really Mean to Create a Culture of Innovation?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on May 4, 2016 1:47:52 PM

"We need to create a culture of innovation."  

So begins a familiar conversation in boardrooms across the world. The reasons for wanting innovation (game-changing products, services and processes) are well understood. But why "culture"?  

Here’s how Tony Bond, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Great Place to Work®, answers that question in his work:

Why focus on culture? Workplace culture, intentionally or unintentionally, affects how your employees and your customers experience the business and the brand.

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking

4 Ways Design Thinking Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Feb 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

As we discussed in our previous post, a common challenge organizations face with their innovation initiatives is getting the idea out in the world. Executives put out the mandate:

We need to be more innovative. We want great ideas. Innovation needs to be part of our core principles and everyday practice.

But even when great solutions are introduced to the organization, many remain best-kept secrets, failing to ever reach scale. More often than not, the problem is that the stakeholders who will make or break the idea’s execution aren’t ready, willing and able to support its success. They haven’t bought in to the change.

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking

Are Your Innovative Solutions Gathering Dust?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jan 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A company senses changes ahead in its market, changes that could rock its very foundation. Against this turning tide, it assembles an enthusiastic, talented team and gives them a mission: go create the future.

And that’s what the team does. It challenges convention. It tries out new ideas. It develops concepts and components that look nothing like the status quo. It’s a radical leap forward.

And they can’t seem to get management to care. The executives’ implicit question: How can this be our future when it’s not even part of our bread-and-butter product line?

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking

The Secret to Enduring Competitive Advantage: What Game Changers Know

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jan 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

“How do they do it?”

It’s a question we hear all the time. “They” might be referring to big-name innovators like Apple or Netflix, or it could be the big fish in a specific small pond—the one company that regularly blows everyone else in the industry out of the water (whether everyone else wants to admit it or not).

"They" are the companies that consistently put out offerings that tap into the desires of their audience. They’re agile in the face of relentless change and complexity. It’s like they have the magic touch, an uncanny ability to turn ideas into impact, and in the process, rewrite the rules of their industry.  

No wonder so many leaders want to unlock their secrets. 

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Topics: POV, Thought Leadership, Game Changer