Innovation Junkies

Innovation Junkies

Each week, our innovation experts will share strategies and practices that will generate sustained results and long-lasting success in your organization. Our hosts, Jeff Amerine and Jeff Standridge bring over 50 years of combined enterprise and startup innovation expertise across multiple industries. Everything at Innovation Junkie revolves around helping you scale your business and inspire innovative disciplines and practices.

Episodes

June 19, 2022 31 min

Dr. Thomas Graham, Chief Innovation Officer of Kettering Health, joins the Jeffs to share insights about:
• Building a culture of innovation in organizations.
• Clinical-driven innovation vs. research-driven innovation.
• The future of innovation in the medical industry.

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The Jeffs address how to handle the departure of an "A" player from your team. They discuss:
 • Prospecting for talent.
 • How to ensure a smooth transition.
 • The importance of caring for the person, not their role.

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May 29, 2022 8 min

The Jeffs talk about characteristics of good leaders & coaches. They chat about:
 • Constructive criticism and feedback.
 • Training up future leaders.
 • The importance of individualized coaching.

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Ben Pryor, of SpotOn joins Jeff Standridge to discuss the democratization of technology in the hospitality industry. They discuss:
• How SpotOn helps small & mid-sized companies grow.
• Innovating the employee & customer experience.
• The future of innovation in hospitality.

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Lucinda Foss of Narvar joins the Jeffs to discuss streamlining consumers' journey through problem solving & innovation. They discuss:
• Meeting consumers' needs.
• Staying curious in your problem solving.
• Reverse logistics & how to streamline the process.

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Dr. Francois Laborie of Cognite shares his expertise on innovating business models to optimize production processes. He and the Jeffs discuss:
• Cybersecurity in critical industries.
• The role of data in sustainability practices.
• Autonomy & the future of heavy industries.

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The Jeffs chat about strategic growth planning & using the balanced scorecard to improve your business. They dive into:
 • The four pillars of the balanced scorecard.
 • Key performance indicators (KPIs) & how to identify them for your organization.
 • Measuring growth & efficiency in your business.

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Annissa Deshpande talks about the importance of HR in leading businesses & organizations. She & the Jeffs chat about:
 • How to find & keep talent in the workplace.
 • Modernizing HR departments & why you should do it.
 • The importance of a strong & healthy workplace culture.

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April 24, 2022 41 min

Matt Waller, of the University of Arkansas, joins the Jeffs to talk about relationship, strategy, & culture within organizations. They dive into:
 • The importance of core values for organizational health.
 • Developing strategy & its effect on culture.
 • The enrollment cliff & how to keep students interested & involved in higher-ed.

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Chandos Quill of Adstra Data, shares her knowledge of strategy and development. She and the Jeffs dive into:
•Acclimating to a new organization.
•How to get brutal honesty from members of your organization.
•Working relationships in a virtual workforce.

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April 13, 2022 18 sec

The Jeffs reflect on specific ways Innovation Junkie has helped clients. They share:
 •How to stay in line with more advanced companies.
 •Why organizations should harvest their intellectual property & commercialize it.
 •What clients can expect from Innovation Junkie in the future.

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Mike Vermillion of J.D. Power and Associates joins the Jeffs to talk about the importance of customer experience and Net Promoter Score (NPS). They unpack:
•What NPS is and how organizations can deploy it
•The connection between company culture and customer experience
•Innovations that will change the customer journey

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April 3, 2022 35 min

Erika Andersen, author & founding partner of Proteus International, joins the Jeffs to share her model for helping organizations go through change. You'll hear:
 • What people experience during change.
 • How to challenge self-talk and make your organization more adaptable to change.
 • When and how to change the culture of an organization.

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Houston Davis, President of UCA, joins the Jeffs to discuss the vitality of transformative leadership in higher education. They dive into:
•The role universities play in economy and workforce development.
•How to get people in your organization on board with change.
•Impediments to innovation in an organization.

Key insights for Higher Education: Innovation and Leadership are Inseparable

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March 23, 2022 7 min

The Jeffs discuss practical business strategies for dealing with inflation. They dig into:
 • How businesses should look at inflation.
 • Why constraints lead to innovation.
 • How companies should assess their competitive position.

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The Jeffs chat with Tim Creasey, Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci. They discuss:
•The digital transformation of the workplace.
•Finding the right balance between working in-person and virtually.
•Forced prioritization and resilience brought on by the pandemic.

Questions Leaders Must Ask to Create a Workplace of the Future

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March 13, 2022 33 min

Stacy Sherman, the founder of DoingCXRight, joins the Jeffs to share her knowledge on customer experience. They explore:
•The "moment of truth" in customer experience.
•How you can add value to your business through CX.
•The differences in CX between B2C and B2B companies.

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Paul LeBlanc, President of SNHU and author of Students First: Access, Equity, and Opportunity in Higher Education, joins the Jeffs to discuss how innovation led to significant growth at SNHU. Topics Include:
• Providing students with social mobility and economic opportunity.
• Why Innovation and Leadership are Inseparable for universities.
• Changes that traditional academic leaders should consider.

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The Jeffs talk about preparing your business for geo-political instability based on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They dig into:
 • Why events like this are relevant to innovation and strategic planning.
 • Their predictions on how this event will impact businesses of all sizes.
 • Actions business owners should prepare to take.

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February 21, 2022 6 min

The Jeffs discuss their outlook for innovation in 2022. Topics include:
 • Pandemic-accelerated trends
 • Categories for predicted innovations
 • Behind-the-Scenes Innovations

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