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Explore our guests’ views on innovation and the ways they’ve used innovation to drive their organizations forward

BONUS: Cycling and Trail Running

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, and why you need mindfulness and solitude

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Tim Clarkson on Innovation in Marketing at Liveanew

The Jeffs chat with Tim Clarkson, CEO of Liveanew. They touch on how to access the Market that you’re trying to get in front of, advice on jumping into a Direct-to-Consumer marketing model and opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs in the senior care industry.

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Elizabeth Xu on The Role of Coaches & Mentors

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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Digital Health & Innovation with UAMS

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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BONUS: Leadership Grown or Born

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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Scott Kirsner on Innovation that Grows Businesses

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.
November 22, 2021

BONUS: Cycling and Trail Running

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, and why you need mindfulness and solitude
November 18, 2021

Tim Clarkson on Innovation in Marketing at Liveanew

The Jeffs chat with Tim Clarkson, CEO of Liveanew. They touch on how to access the Market that you’re trying to get in front of, advice on jumping into a Direct-to-Consumer marketing model and opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs in the senior care industry.
November 15, 2021

Dr. Tracy Gaudet & Disruptive Thinking

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.
November 8, 2021

Greg Satell on Movements that Drive Transformations

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.
November 1, 2021

Craig Deao on Innovation & Organizational Transformation

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.
October 25, 2021

BONUS: Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way

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.
October 21, 2021

Elizabeth Xu on The Role of Coaches & Mentors

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.
October 18, 2021

Digital Health & Innovation with UAMS

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.
October 11, 2021

BONUS: Leadership Grown or Born

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.
October 7, 2021

Cybersecurity, Education & Innovation with Forge Institute

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.
October 4, 2021

Tim Creasey on Innovation & Change Management

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.
September 27, 2021

BONUS: Seven Key Ingredients to Strategic Growth

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.
September 23, 2021

Sarah Goforth on The Role of Collaboration in Innovation

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.
September 20, 2021

Ash Maurya and Lean Innovation

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.
September 13, 2021

BONUS: How Organizations Sabotage Their Culture of Innovation

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.
September 9, 2021

Brian Barthelt’s Casserole for Innovation

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.
September 6, 2021

Episode 21: Anastasia Leng, Product Iteration Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

The Jeffs talk with Anastasia Leng, CEO of CreativeX & founder of Hatch. They discuss many must-know topics of innovation, including: what data-driven creative can do for brands, the links between innovation strategy & leadership, & strategy from a standpoint of customer acquisition.
August 30, 2021

BONUS: A Thriving Innovation Engine

The Jeffs chat about how to create a thriving innovation engine in your organization. These industry-leading tips & techniques include: getting leaders at all levels to buy in to innovative ideas, thinking outside of the box about talent & knowing where to find it, & having ideas with measurable outcomes.
August 26, 2021

Episode 20: Ash Richardson on Using Technology to Execute Strategy

The Jeffs talk with Ash Richardson, co-founder of #team & #stratapp & a strategy leader with 20+ years’ digital & technology experience. Don’t miss this episode as they discuss: solving strategy execution for companies of all sizes, widespread strategy adoption & behavior changes from top to bottom in the company, how #stratapp lets leadership and clients form plans, collaborate, & consult all in one app.
August 23, 2021

BONUS: Executing Your Innovation

The Jeffs discuss the innovation blueprint and the three components of driving sustained results for your business. These can’t-miss topics of executing innovation include: creating the right climate or team around you, building your base of support with customers and stakeholders, and making innovation stick by ingraining it into the company culture.
August 19, 2021

Episode 19: Nora Herting, Bringing Strategy to Life with Physical Images

In this episode, the Jeffs talk with Nora Herting, the founding CEO of Image Think and world leader in visual leadership expertise. Listen as they dig into can’t-miss topics for innovation, including: how the Image Think method helps companies and team members think visually, how simplifying ideas makes them more accessible, and approaching problems visually versus auditorily.
August 16, 2021

Episode 18: Stephen Shapiro, A Challenge-Centered Approach to Innovation

The Jeffs chat with Stephen Shapiro, author & 2015 Speaker Hall of Fame inductee. Discussion topics include: Stephen’s five categories and 25 lenses for reframing problems and challenges, getting a company culture of innovation to stick, & the differences between open innovation and external innovation.
August 9, 2021

BONUS: Human-Centered Design

The Jeffs discuss the second stage of innovation, human-centered design & crafting a problem statement. Topics include: empathy & really understanding the customer’s problem, observation as key to gathering information, & validating the problem statement.
August 5, 2021

Episode 17: J.D. Meier – Hate the Problem, Love the Customer

The Jeffs talk with J.D. Meier, Microsoft’s Director of Innovation. They discuss innovation & real-world problems with topics including: what to look for in innovative people & how to help them nurture it, keeping teams focused & on track for innovation, & managing innovation leadership responsibilities.
August 2, 2021

Episode 16: Chad Engelgau on Collaborative, Data-driven Innovation

The Jeffs host Chad Englegau, CEO of Acxiom. Discussion topics include: how innovation intersects with strategic growth, how to ensure that groups within organizations are innovating & continue to innovate, & the future of the data world & Acxiom’s role in it.
July 26, 2021

BONUS: Selecting the Right Problem

The Jeffs discuss innovation processes, human-centered design & sustaining organizational transformation. Hard-hitting topics include: how to clarify the problem you’re trying to solve, what to do when evidence doesn’t support your hypothesis, & identifying stakeholders & why they matter
July 22, 2021

Episode 15: Dr. Bill McCoy On The Strategic Approach To Innovation

The Jeffs talk with Dr. Bill McCoy, Chief Science & Technology Officer at Phigenics. Check it out as they dig into: how & why innovation starts with defining a problem to solve, recruiting, selecting & retaining quality, innovative talent, & new technologies & the future of innovation at Phigenics.
July 19, 2021

Episode 14: Scott Howe on the Two Wells of Innovation

The Jeffs chat with Scott Howe, CEO at LiveRamp. Can’t-miss topics include: how enterprise leaders can combine data & innovation, exciting new trends in technology, innovation & data, & how customers & people are “wells” of innovation.
July 12, 2021

BONUS: Top Innovations of 2021

The Jeffs share their thoughts on the top 3 innovations in 2021. Don’t miss it as they dig into: the COVID vaccine as breakthrough innovation, how adversity leads to innovation, & SpaceX, not being afraid to fail & learning from your mistakes.
July 8, 2021

Episode 13: Josh Linkner on “Big Little Breakthroughs”

The Jeffs talk with Josh Linkner, an innovation expert and New York Times best-selling author. Don’t miss the discussion on: the relationship between innovation and high-growth leadership, how to empower creativity within a set of guidelines, & how to drive innovation on a work team.
July 6, 2021

Episode 12: The War For Talent

The Jeffs discuss finding the right talent & growing the existing talent in your company. Topics include: how to plan your search for new talent, the two key pillars of sustained strategic growth, & the value of interns.
June 28, 2021

Episode 11: Ben Brenton on Fearless Innovation

The Jeffs chat with Ben Brenton, Chief Innovation Officer of Snap-On. Check out what they say about: the different categories of innovation happening at Snap-On, innovating during COVID & how those innovations can stick, & go-to tools for innovation.
June 21, 2021

Episode 10: Barry Brady on Innovations in Pediatric Healthcare

The Jeffs talk with Barry Brady, Chief Operations Officer at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. Don’t miss it as they discuss: what the culture of innovation looks like at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, how staff, researchers, doctors & parents submit ideas for innovation, & recognizing & building on successes.
June 14, 2021

BONUS: Enterprise University Collaborations

The Jeffs dig into how enterprises can interact & collaborate with universities in research, sponsor programs & tech transfer. Topics include: why enterprises & universities should work together, how enterprises can work with a local university tech transfers for research & innovation growth, & collaboration around submitting for federal funding.
June 10, 2021

Episode 9: Innovation and Client Relationships with Doug Weaver

The Jeffs chat with Doug Weaver, founder and CEO of Upstream Group. Can’t-miss topics include:, “Ecosystem leadership” & how innovation happens in sales departments, the sales process of checkup, diagnosis, prescription & qualification/closing, & what separates successful sales teams from ones that struggle.
June 7, 2021

Episode 8: Angela Grayson on Intellectual Property & Innovation

The Jeff talk with Angela Grayson, founder and CEO of Precipice IP. Don’t miss this episode as they dig into: trade offs between protecting the software source code & patenting it, common elements of clients who patent to innovate, & what defines “inventorship” & the right to be listed on a patent.
May 31, 2021

BONUS: Innovation During A Pandemic

The Jeffs dig into how you can learn from some of the innovations that were created during the pandemic. Topics include: ecommerce & how to reach customers where they are, zoom & omni-channel pivoting, & rethinking travel & reusing travel money elsewhere in the company to meet business goals.
May 27, 2021

Episode 7: Ross DeVol on Innovation in the Heartland

The Jeffs chat with Ross DeVol, President & CEO of Heartland Forward. Check out what they have to say about: the role of university talent & technology commercialization in research & innovation, best innovation practices for applied & teaching universities, & how university leaders can begin workforce development & commercialization tech transfer growth.
May 24, 2021

Episode 6: Will Hurst on Technology Innovations

The Jeffs talk with Will Hurst, an innovator with 30+ years’ experience. Don’t miss this episode as they discuss: what works & doesn’t work for innovation with mid to large companies, characteristics & environments of successful innovators, & what larger enterprises need to know to start innovating.
May 17, 2021

BONUS: Making Innovation a Core Activity

The Jeffs talk about sharing the keys to making innovation a core activity. Can’t-miss topics include: the role of celebrating & storytelling in an organization, why recognizing failure matters as you innovate, & how to adopt a framework or methology for innovation.
May 13, 2021

Episode 5: Charles Morgan on Leadership & Innovation are Inseparable

The Jeffs talk with Charles Morgan, CEO of First Orion. Learn all about organizational innovation with topics that include: how leaders set up a culture of innovation in their companies, bringing apprenticeships into the worlds of technology & data science, & innovations happening now at First Orion.
May 10, 2021

Episode 4: Gre’Juana Dennis on Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovations

The Jeffs chat with Gre’Juana “G” Dennis, an entrepreneur & executive with 15+ years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Topics include: future game-changing healthcare innovations, what needs the most innovation in healthcare, & bringing data analytics, machine learning & AI come together in healthcare innovation.
May 3, 2021

BONUS: What is Innovation

The Jeffs break down 3 aspects of innovation (breakthrough, incremental & disruptive) & how businesses can apply them. Don’t miss it as they discuss: the ways that new technologies support breakthrough innovation, how incremental innovation keeps you ahead of the competition, & why disruptive innovation affects the marketplace so greatly.
April 29, 2021

Episode 3: Matt Francis on Innovation Through Customer Empathy

The Jeffs talk with Matt Francis, founder of Ozark Integrated Circuits (OzIC). Find out what they have to say about: what innovation means for OzIC & what results it has driven, the value of innovation for R&D-focused companies & what they should know about it, & what the future of strategic, sustainable growth looks like for the R&D industry.
April 26, 2021

Episode 2: Louis Patler on Why Innovation Is Everybody’s Everyday Job

The Jeffs chat with Louis Patler, NYT award-ainning innovation author & president of the BIT Group. Check out what they have to say about: the relationship between strategic planning, innovation & organizational change management, strategic planning traps that companies fall into, & what companies coming out of the pandemic should know about innovating.
April 19, 2021

Episode 1: Innovation Junkie Origin Story

Welcome to the Innovation Junkies Podcast! To kick things off, we’ll introduce you to our hosts, Jeff Standridge and Jeff Amerine, and share our experiences that launched into Innovation Junkie. Expect tips, tricks, tactics, & strategies from movers & shakers in the world of innovation, strategic growth, and organizational leadership. Here we go!
April 12, 2021