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Why we need to leverage the diversity of thinking on our teams to achieve better results.
Our teams are made up of diverse individuals with unique styles of innovating, but we often fail to leverage their strengths — a critical step in building a high-performing team that is ready to tackle challenges and produce better results. But why is tapping into the power of innovation so important, and how can we do it?
In this two-part interview series, Maureen Berkner Boyt, founder of the Moxie Exchange, and author of Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way, interviews me about innovation. We discuss my “Steve story” — how I realized that everyone has an innovator within them, and why it’s so important for people to realize not only that they innovate, but also how they do it in a way that’s unique to them.
We dive into the difference between ‘creative’ and ‘innovative’ and explore why, while genius is rare, innovation is extremely common. Realizing that you’re innovative encourages innovation, and when everyone on the team recognizes the power that everyone else has, they begin to leverage each other in new and powerful ways. We also discuss why respect, trust, and understanding are the foundation for driving innovation, and how vulnerability ties into that.
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