The Innovative Executive

The Innovative Executive

The Innovative Executive is a show that tackles the importance of innovation to create new growth opportunities. It focuses on 3 main areas: Rethinking your business models, collaboration, and leveraging technology. Our guests are industry experts who share powerful insights and deliver practical theories. We explore how innovative executives are driving their businesses forward by looking to focus on innovation that comes from customer priorities and new market opportunities. Furthermore, the show examines innovation capabilities that have made them successful and the mindset that’s needed to deal with uncertainty.


June 2, 2022 27 mins

The future of work is changing. But over time organizations are building new competencies by growing different functions to impact long term development and professional impact.  Today, the economy relies on colleges and universities to train students to be the next generation of workers with practical skill sets.  Humber College is training the next generation of workers and positioning Ontario to meet the demands of the labor mar...

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It’s no secret that technology is driving innovation in the gaming industry today.  There are over approx. 3.1 billion gamers across the globe.  The gaming industry has increased focus on not only for gamers, but for game developers and publishers.  Investments are made around cloud gaming, subscription service and cross- platform play to enable access anytime, anywhere.  To learn more about the gaming ecosystem, I spoke to Brian C...

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In today’s episode, I share Chapter 6 from my book - When You’re Not Innovating Enough- and What to Do About it.  The chapter discusses the following:

  • How bigger goals can create a culture that’s dynamic and full of energy.
  • Innovations are natural outgrowth of experimentation and iteration.
  • Focusing on radical innovation enables companies to stay ahead of competitors by anticipating what customers will want next.
  • Innovation is not ...
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In today’s episode, I share an overview about my book The Innovative Executive Leading Intelligently in the Age of Disruption.  What does it mean to become an Innovative Executive? 

I also share my favorite stories to discuss from the book and some topic questions that are addressed in the book.

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May 5, 2022 30 mins

Consumers often struggle to articulate their needs and data contains gaps that can be difficult to identify without seeing consumers conducting tasks in-context.  The focus often lies in what the anthropologist notices that the consumer may not have thought to demonstrate. 

More companies are taking an anthropological approach to their business because they understand that qualitative research skills are essential to making sense of...

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In 1970’s  Pepsi introduced the Pepsi Challenge Campaign-“ let your taste decide”, the blind taste test that would run all over the world. Pepsi used “experience marketing” and became the largest selling consumer packaged goods in America. Fast forward to today, building customer experience is still critical today for long-term success. It's one of the core capabilities of innovation that companies need to have in order be suc...

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A very few serial entrepreneurs are natural innovators. They use "effectual logic" to explore new opportunities and constantly learn how they can reimagine themselves for their business models or ideas to be more effective. They have strong innovation capabilities that include idea generation, clear vision, can quickly identify real need in the market, testing and relationship building.

The process includes finding the rig...

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April 14, 2022 30 mins

The future of business lies in data-driven decision making. On the show, we discuss how companies are using their insights from big data to generate better decisions faster and at scale about operations as well as customer satisfaction —all while rethinking traditional processes for success!  The real value lie in generating insights that prioritize opportunities which lead them toward financial and business performance improvement...

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What does it take to be a successful leader in this new age of disruption? We all have different ideas about what makes up the best company, but as trends shift and technology advances there are some things that will never change. The best leaders are those who can successfully navigate a competitive environment, overcoming fear and failure along the way. This episode will help you determine your definition of success or how to cre...

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March 31, 2022 29 mins

Leaders who fail to think broadly will be left behind. Unless they can think flexibly and see organizations from multiple angles, they will be unable to deal with the full range of issues they inevitably encounter.  Catherine Von Burg CEO of SimpliPhi Power links the connection between entrepreneurship and innovation with flexibility and adaptation in business activities, in which benefits the society, her industry and ultimately h...

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March 24, 2022 19 mins

The folding bike market is booming with new innovations and sustainability at play.  Brompton bicycle has been a major player in the global market for over three decades with their innovative products and aligning everything R&D teams come up with through true customer service.

In the show, we examine key strategies for adoption in global markets, what the upcoming trends are ahead and how sustainability plays a huge role on the...

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Contract manufacturing has grown into an integral part of product development. In this week’s podcast, we discuss several leading practices while working with contract manufacturing which entails idea generation to production processes, decision making around critical steps in projects that involve these companies among things like market regulation.

What we cover in this episode:

  • 03:34 collaborative process in manufacturing
  • 07:01...
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Today I’m joined by Candace MacDonald, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Carbonate, Inc. Her agency helps clients with brand strategy and Integrated Marketing Communications for the Hospitality Industry.

Candace is a brand strategist, experienced at translating insights and creative vision into marketing programs that build brands.  Her areas of expertise include restaurants, hotels, real estate, products, and technology.  Canda...

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The struggle for clarity in organizations is a constant one.  The organizational strategies created by leaders are often vague and ineffective. They result in inefficient company that is not coherence with its own structure and don’t know how to prioritize on key growth strategies. On the show, I speak with Former Director of Amazon – John Rossman in which he shares with us lessons about Amazon’s customer obsession, finding ways to...

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Many organizations are struggling to respond and create the necessary plans to a better future.   Business leaders can start by defining long-term goals, listening to customers and their organization, and create openings for dialogue. In the show, we discuss the functions of alignment and responsiveness that support growth and strategy.  Chuck argues that it’s critical for companies to have strong customer engagement ea...
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February 24, 2022 2 mins

Businesses that are not prepared for disruption will be replaced. The business landscape is changing faster than ever before, companies could face extinction over the next ten years if they don't adapt quickly enough to survive in this new environment where technology-based disruptors like Amazon rainmaker Jeff Bezos can come from behind with a surprise attack at any time--even suggesting what customers might want even before ...

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February 17, 2022 5 mins

Insightful conversations with industry experts and thought leaders who share knowledge and stories about applying key innovation capabilities to create new company growth.  With a focus on Rethinking your business model, innovation and collaboration and leveraging technology.  You’ll learn how to strengthen your innovation capabilities.

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