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What's so Hard about Innovation? with David Thomas

Episode 23

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” On this episode, we’re going to build some windmills! Innovation has been called the survival skill of our time. If we don’t innovate, we don’t survive. As a result, it seems that everyone is talking about innovation and how important it is, but relatively few people are actually giving us specific steps on how to be more innovative as a leader of a team or small business person. Today’s guest will make the case for innovation, but also help us begin to take some practical steps toward becoming more innovative and creative--how to break the status quo. On this episode, you’ll learn: Why 2022 may be a “meteor to the dinosaurs” moment in the life of your business; That innovation is a team sport in which everyone in the organization must play a role; How innovation is as much about People and Purpose as it is about Process, Methods and Tools; How a pathway to greater innovation can be created with intentionality, focus, and skill development. What the “six I’s” of innovation are and why they are important; and Much more… Guest Bio: David Thomas is an Improvement Scientist and Business Coach, specializing in Strategy, Innovation, Process Improvement, and Leadership Effectiveness – Helping successful leaders to develop and enrich strategies, Innovate products, services and processes, drive change in organisation culture, become more streamlined, and build themselves and their teams to deliver superior performance - in short to become more successful! Born in Australia, David has lived in Asia for 22 years, including China, Singapore and Hong Kong and has deep experience with business dynamics and cultural diversity of the Asia-Pacific Region. He has more than 35 years’ experience in commercial operations, manufacturing, services management, strategy, quality and business Improvement, with 12 years serving in Asia regional leadership roles for major multinationals such a Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Philips Electronics. Aside from having a mission to help leaders and their organizations diagnose their challenges and find practical ways to navigate critical transitions and accelerate sustainable growth, David has a passion for enabling dialogue and action around environmental and social restitution, and developing the leaders of tomorrow. Links for This Episode: Website: LinkedIn: Email: The Six ‘I’s of innovation: Website: Global list of 6’I’s® practitioners: 

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