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Leadership to move into innovate-to-survive mode.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is transforming our lives in unprecedented ways but the opportunity to innovate is also tremendous. At this stage, when everyone is in a state of hunkering down and trying to be productive in our new virtual workplaces, leadership is a key element that can help push us from survival mode to innovation mode, which is now what it takes to survive.


Maureen “Mo” Berkner Boyt, founder of the Moxie Exchange, a company dedicated to unleashing human potential at work, picks up our interview about my upcoming book Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge. We discuss how we as leaders can create a more inclusive space to allow room for all the different innovation styles to shine as well as our favorite exercises for getting past the brick wall that keeps us in known and familiar thought patterns.


Staying relevant is all about thinking differently about the assets you have in front of you. I share why being realistic instead of overly optimistic in a time like this is better for team morale, and the importance of considering the mental energy of your team — it’s limited and finite, and we need to take that into consideration as we try to manage all these different moving parts. Ultimately, approaching our current climate by asking questions and with curiosity instead of fear can make all the difference.

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