Innovation Junkies

Innovation Junkies

The Innovation Junkies Podcast features global leaders in innovation in a candid, unscripted conversation that highlights how they drive amazing new products and services to market. The 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 creating sustainable, strategic growth for companies & organizations.

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January 17, 2022 23 min

Tim Houlne, CEO of Humach, and the Jeffs discuss how embracing AI and automation can help companies grow. They share:
• Benefits of AI for businesses in different industries
• The Intersection between technology and customer experience
• How Implementing AI can increase employee productivity

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The Jeffs compare Michele Wucker's concept of The Gray Rhino and Nassim Taleb's concept of The Black Swan. They explore:
• What Black Swan & Gray Rhino events are
• Past & current Gray Rhino crises in the U.S.
• How leaders can handle Gray Rhino or Black Swan events in their organization

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December 6, 2021 38 min

The Jeffs hear from author and CEO of Unkown Origins, Roy Sharples. You'll learn:
• How to make your vision or mission a reality.
• Why ridicule is nothing to be scared of
• How creativity can be run through a process

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The Jeffs hear from Scott Kirsner, CEO of Innovation Leader. They dig into:
• How to disrupt the status quo and make innovation stick
• Why organizations should take risks and invest in innovation
• The need for innovation in Higher Education
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November 18, 2021 10 min

The Jeffs talk about how biking, road cycling, and trail running apply to how they think about business & leadership. You'll hear:
 • How cycling benefits leadership, innovation, and strategic thinking
 • The importance of a collective effort & group dynamic
 • Why you need mindfulness and solitude

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The Jeffs chat with Tim Clarkson, CEO of Liveanew. They discuss:
          • How to access the Market that you're trying to get in front of
          • Advice on jumping into a Direct-to-Consumer marketing model
          • Opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs in the senior care industry

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Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Executive Director of Whole Health Institute joins the Jeffs to talk about:
• What it takes to start disruption
• Where to draw motivation for transformation
• How innovation can drive change

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The Jeffs chat with transformational change expert Greg Satell. They go deep into:

  •  What a movement looks like and how to create one
  • How to change fundamental beliefs
  • A better approach to tackling innovation
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    The Jeffs talk with speaker and author Craig Deao, the Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. They unpack:

  • Where culture fits into organizational transformation
  • Why businesses often deflect innovation restraints
  • What to do with the gift of failure
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    The Jeffs recall 6 leadership lessons they've learned the hard way through first-hand experience. You'll hear:

  • Tips for guiding a team
  • How to balance priority
  • Guidance on making tough decisions
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    The Jeffs talk with Elizabeth Xu about the role of coaches and mentors in career development. Key insights include:

  • How to use perception to better understand your team
  • What you should really focus on before you consider something a win
  • Why it's important to identify your mentors while developing a consistent leadership style
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    October 11, 2021 38 min

    The Jeffs talk with Dr. Joe Sanford & Dr. Kevin Sexton of the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. Can't-miss topics include:

  • Current innovation in behavioral economics
  •  Innovation at UAMS
  • How to make Arkansas an innovation cluster around data, clinical informatics & digital health
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    October 7, 2021 17 min

    The Jeffs break down the concepts of nature versus nurture in leadership. Don't miss this episode as they dig into:

  • The importance of generating results & building & maintaining relationships
  • Tips for balancing being results oriented & relationship oriented
  • How to take feedback as a leader
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    The Jeffs talk with Scott and Taylor of Forge Institute about its training in new technologies and cyber operational capabilities. Topics include:

  • How Forge Institute is working with private sector companies in cyberspace
  • Bridging the gap between the demand for cybersecurity-trained employees & talent & the supply to meet that demand
  • Forge Institute's goals for strategic growth
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    The Jeffs chat with Tim Creasey, Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci. Don't miss it as they explore:

  • Prosci's methodology in change management
  • Accepting & understanding the need to be agile
  • How to focus on the problem you're trying to solve
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    The Jeffs overview 7 key ingredients to strategic growth & the plans to make them happen. Topics include:

  • The role of clarity, focus & execution in knowing who you are & where you're going
  • The value of shared values to keep your organization's culture in check
  • What KPIs are & why they matter so much
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    The Jeffs talk with Sarah Goforth, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Arkansas. They dig into:

  • Leadership & empowering volunteers
  • Collaboration & its role in success
  • How to drive positive, lasting change with small teams
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    September 13, 2021 31 min

    The Jeffs chat with Ash Maurya, best-selling author & founder of Lean Stack. Don't miss these topics of lean scale & innovation, including:

  • What it means for startups to scale lean
  • How to get teams to understand why innovation is important
  • Unexpected or unique places that the Lean Canvas has been applied successfully
  • Find his book "Scaling Lean" here

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    The Jeffs talk about how companies & organizations sabotage their culture of innovation. Topics include:

  • Innovation theater & why it fails
  • The difference between attempts to kill innovation & attempts to build it
  • How to redirect sources to meet innovation goals
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    September 6, 2021 30 min

    The Jeffs chat with Brian Barthelt, Managing Director at Global MarTech & McDonald's Agency Services at The Marketing Store. They discuss:

  • What components go into Brian's "Almost-Guaranteed Casserole for Innovation"
  • How strategy, leadership & innovation are tied together
  • How to make innovation painless or a less painful experience for an organization or a corporation
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