Innovation is more than a buzzword. It’s a business imperative. If the problems our companies face were easy to solve, however, they’d be solved already. And “innovate” is not an actionable directive. Innovation isn’t something to do. It’s something that happens inevitably when the conditions are right. In October, Excell Members and guests engaged in an interactive workshop on innovation – what it looks and feels like, and what it means for their businesses.
In November, we’ll return to the table for in-depth conversation on how things went when participants took some of their new tools back to their businesses, and more ways to provide fertile ground for innovation to take shape. If you missed October’s CEO Tools Workshop, this Round Table is your opportunity to capture these valuable concepts and benefit from deep discussion with other business leaders in your community.
November CEO Round Table Conversation
Tuesday, November 13 2018
Complimentary lunch from 12:30-1:30pm followed by the program from 1:30-4:30pm.
Pierce County, WA
Innovate or Die: How to Innovate Small So You Can Win Big
Aaron Schmookler, The Yes Works
CEO Guests: RSVP to Stacey Romero (email@example.com) by close of business on Wednesday, November 7th. If you observe any dietary restrictions, please reach out to Stacey at your earliest convenience. Upon RSVP, specific site details, as well as any recommended preparation work, will be forwarded to you.
Members: Members who have invited employee guests: please send their names, titles and email addresses to Stacey Romero (firstname.lastname@example.org) by close of business on Wednesday, November 7th.
SPECIFIC TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LEARN AND PRACTICE
– A useful, perspective-shifting, definition of innovation
– Four Ps of Innovating Environments
– Ways to identify opportunities for innovation
QUESTIONS THE CEO SHOULD BE ASKING
– Where is my competition presenting a threat?
– What in my business annoys, bothers, or scares me that I think, “That’s just the way it is?”
– What problems am I avoiding because they’re too tricky, sticky, or complicated? Where you just don’t know where to start?
– If you could snap your fingers and change something in your business or your circumstances, what would you change?
Space is limited for this program, so reserve your seat as early as possible!
Aaron Schmookler has a passion for finding the intersection between play and innovation, and helping people live and work there. A love of collaboration and of excellence in communication has driven Aaron to build teams and nurture creativity. Businesses and organizations large and small, from Microsoft to neighborhood non-profits have used Aaron’s support to improve communication, increase innovation, and manage conflict on both coasts.