4 Steps to Become a People Innovator

Hand with marker writing the word Innovation

“The best people and HR leaders I know have been labeled maverick at one time or another because they build something that goes against the norm, they challenge the status quo, and they see beyond the perceived limitations of their function and therefore extend well beyond it. They bring meaning to the workplace and it runs through everything that affects people.”   Ben Whitter Maverick.  Pirate.  Experimenter.   Words to describe HR?   Doubt you’ve heard HR people being called these things regularly.  I think it is why, in many ways, people are commenting that HR is dead or changing its name entirely

4 Steps to the Motivation to Run and to Lead

Success of a businessman in a finishing line

Week 1 Week 1 mileage: 22 miles Long run distance: 9 miles I’ve set out with my husband, my bestie, my dad and his bestie (my dad and I don’t actually call them our “bestie”, but it has a nice ring to it) to run the Philadelphia marathon in November.  All five of us just completed the first official week of training.  Fifteen more to go. Except for two brief hiatuses when I was too big and too pregnant to run, running has been a part of my regular routine for about ten years. It’s my sanity; it keeps me

8 Inspirations from the Kindergartener

Paper sea animals on blue card. Children applique pattern. Children application. Glue stick, scissors, pencil, colored paper. Preschool and kindergarten paper crafts. DIY project.Kindergarten activity

                My baby started kindergarten yesterday.   Actually, he’s not the baby, he’s the oldest. But sending the first one off to “real” school, though exciting, causes a momma to reflect on how quickly the first five years of his life have gone. And I realized that many of those first five years have been captured in the inspiration he has created in the way of blog posts.  So here’s to Andrew and all the lessons he helped inspire before he even launched his formal school learning…. Do you want to go to timeout?

Do you need a spin off? How innovation and entrepreneurship prevail

Merge Vs Spin-Off words on a two-way road intersection sign directing you to choose between combining or splitting companies or businesses

Is there such thing as too big in business?  Can a company become too big and therefore too bureaucratic, thus limiting its ability to innovative entirely?   To address this question, the easy answer is to just point you to reading The Innovator’s Dilemma. It answers this question thoroughly. But for the sake of this blog post, I’ll tell you, it depends. The book will tell you it depends on whether or not what you are creating is a disruptive technology or a sustaining technology.  The best way I can describe the difference in the two is that sustaining technologies improve

Rules to preserve freedom and culture: How innovative companies go about rule-making

A spiral bound book marked The Rules, filled with official instructions, directions and commandments as the organization or team's rule book

“We have rules.” Was one of the first things a CEO of a highly innovative company that has also won several best place to work awards, said to me when I asked him what the secret sauce was for a best place to work. Honestly, at first thought, I wanted to say, “Really?” He went on to site some examples, but it took me a while to digest and understand, in my please-throw-out-the-employee-handbook type mindset, what he meant and why he was right. And rules don’t have to contradict the need for a certain amount of freedom that is necessary

You can hire for fit AND diversity: How the most innovative companies hire

Human Resources Interview Recruitment Job Concept

“At Google, we front- load our people investment. This means the majority of our time and money spent on people is invested in attracting, assessing and cultivating new hires.”  – Work Rules! Let’s face it, hiring is where your organization starts. It’s where HR starts its job and quickly proves or disproves its value, and it is where, as I saw through digging through lots and lots of research and writings by those who are winning in business, where you need to be focused on intently if you are going to be able to have an innovative workplace. But we’ve