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Innovation is not just about taking action, it’s about being in action.
Everyday innovators are the ones driving the innovation we are seeing across a variety of industries, companies, and governments that are making the pivots and changes needed to address the current pandemic and adapt to the changing times. Alex Goryachev, Cisco’s Senior Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs and author of Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change, is one of these innovators I’ve featured in my book.
There are two parts to this extra-value episode. In the first part, Alex shares a story about how he realized he was looking for innovation in the wrong place — outside the organization. He shares more about how he reacted when this was pointed out to him, and the impact on Cisco of making the change and shifting to focus on innovation from within, both on the bottom line and employee engagement.
In the second part of this episode, we dive into his book, Fearless Innovation, where he tackles themes such as why innovation waits for no-one, why having teams and silos can have a negative impact on innovation, and how being pragmatic can unlock innovation. Communicating the value of innovation in a way that gets people on board with taking action is critical to driving innovation and we get into a really open conversation about quantifying the impact of “inaction” when you don’t change.
Mentioned In This Episode:
Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre–Order)
Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change, by Alex Goryachev