Innovation Junkies Podcast

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Dr. Thomas Graham on Mission-Driven Innovation

Dr. Thomas Graham, Chief Innovation Officer of Kettering Health, joins the Jeffs to share insights about building a culture of innovation in organizations, clinical-driven innovation vs. research-driven innovation, and the future of innovation in the medical industry.
June 20, 2022

When Your Team Loses Top Talent

The Jeffs address how to handle the departure of an “A” player from your team. They discuss prospecting for talent, how to ensure a smooth transition, & the importance of caring for the person, not their role.
June 6, 2022

Great Leaders Are Great Coaches

The Jeffs talk about characteristics of good leaders & coaches. They chat about constructive criticism and feedback, training up future leaders, & the importance of individualized coaching.
May 30, 2022

Ben Pryor on Innovation in Hospitality

Ben Pryor, of SpotOn joins Jeff Standridge to discuss the democratization of technology in the hospitality industry. They discuss how SpotOn helps small & mid-sized companies grow, innovating the employee & customer experience, and the future of innovation in hospitality.
May 23, 2022

Lucinda Foss on Innovating the Consumer Experience

Lucinda Foss of Narvar joins the Jeffs to discuss streamlining consumers’ journey through problem solving & innovation. They discuss meeting consumers’ needs, staying curious in your problem solving, & reverse logistics & how to streamline the process.
May 16, 2022

Dr. Laborie on Optimization in Critical Industries

Dr. Francois Laborie of Cognite shares his expertise on innovating business models to optimize production processes. He and the Jeffs discuss cybersecurity in critical industries, the role of data in sustainability practices, & autonomy & the future of heavy industries.
May 9, 2022

BONUS: Strategic Planning with Balanced Scorecards

The Jeffs chat about strategic growth planning & using the balanced scorecard to improve your business. They dive into the four pillars of the balanced scorecard, key performance indicators (KPIs) & how to identify them for your organization, & measuring growth & efficiency in your business.
May 5, 2022

HR Sucks But It Doesn’t Have To, With Annissa Desphande

Annissa Deshpande talks about the importance of HR in leading businesses & organizations. She & the Jeffs chat about how to find & keep talent in the workplace, modernizing HR departments & why you should do it, & the importance of a strong & healthy workplace culture.
May 2, 2022

Matt Waller on Organizational Values

Matt Waller, of the University of Arkansas, joins the Jeffs to talk about relationship, strategy, & culture within organizations. They dive into the importance of core values for organizational health, developing strategy & its effect on culture, & the enrollment cliff & how to keep students interested & involved in higher-ed.
April 25, 2022

Chandos Quill on Strategy and Development in a New Organization

Chandos Quill of Adstra Data, shares her knowledge of strategy and development. She and the Jeffs dive into acclimating to a new organization, how to get brutal honesty from members of your organization, and working relationships in a virtual workforce.
April 18, 2022

BONUS: The Power of Innovation Junkie

The Jeffs reflect on specific ways Innovation Junkie has helped clients. They share how to stay in line with more advanced companies, why organizations should harvest their intellectual property & commercialize it, and what clients can expect from Innovation Junkie in the future.
April 14, 2022

Mike Vermillion on Prioritizing Customer Experience

Mike Vermillion of J.D. Power and Associates joins the Jeffs to talk about the importance of customer experience and Net Promoter Score (NPS). They unpack what NPS is and how organizations can deploy it, the connection between company culture and customer experience, and innovations that will change the customer journey.
April 11, 2022

Erika Andersen’s Change Arc

Erika Andersen, author & founding partner of Proteus International, joins the Jeffs to share her model for helping organizations go through change. You’ll hear what people experience during change, how to challenge self-talk and make your organization more adaptable to change, and when and how to change the culture of an organization.
April 4, 2022

Houston Davis on Transformative Leadership in Higher Education

Houston Davis, President of UCA, joins the Jeffs to discuss the vitality of transformative leadership in higher education. They dive into the role universities play in economy and workforce development, how to get people in your organization on board with change, and impediments to innovation in an organization.
March 28, 2022

BONUS: Inflation Tactics

The Jeffs discuss practical business strategies for dealing with inflation. They dig into how businesses should look at inflation, why constraints lead to innovation and how companies should assess their competitive position.
March 24, 2022

Tim Creasey on the Workplace of the Future

The Jeffs chat with Tim Creasey, Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci. They discuss the digital transformation of the workplace, finding the right balance between working in-person and virtually, and forced prioritization and resilience brought on by the pandemic.
March 21, 2022

Stacy Sherman on Customer Experience

Stacy Sherman, the founder of DoingCXRight, joins the Jeffs to share her knowledge on customer experience. They explore the “moment of truth” in customer experience, how you can add value to your business through CX, and the differences in CX between B2C and B2B companies.
March 14, 2022

Paul LeBlanc on How Innovation Leads to Growth in Higher Education

Paul LeBlanc, President of SNHU and author of Students First: Access, Equity, and Opportunity in Higher Education, joins the Jeffs to discuss how innovation led to significant growth at SNHU. Topics Include: providing students with social mobility and economic opportunity, why Innovation and Leadership are Inseparable for universities, changes that traditional academic leaders should consider.
March 7, 2022

BONUS: The Russian Effect & Your Business

The Jeffs talk about preparing your business for geo-political instability based on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They dig into why events like this are relevant to innovation and strategic planning, their predictions on how this event will impact businesses of all sizes, and actions business owners should prepare to take.
March 2, 2022

BONUS: 2022 Business Outlook

The Jeffs discuss their outlook for innovation in 2022. Topics include: pandemic-accelerated trends, categories for predicted innovations, and behind-the-Scenes Innovations.
February 21, 2022

Leo Barella on Pharma Innovation

Leo Barella, CTO of Takeda, highlights innovation occurring in the pharma industry. He and the Jeffs dive into the connection between technology & pharma innovation, the transition in commercializing academic research, and how to get innovation to stick in a large organization.
February 14, 2022

BONUS: OMG Omicron

The Jeffs chat about the Omicron Variant. They share their predictions for the future of the pandemic, the impact Omicron may have on businesses, and why antibody tests should be more accessible.
February 7, 2022

Michael Lee on Hidden, Everyday Innovations

Michael Lee, SVP of Innovation Minds, joins the Jeffs to discuss the process of an innovation sprint, creating a safe environment for innovation, and the intersection between innovation and employee engagement.
January 31, 2022

Charlie Oliver on the Power of Technology

Charlie Oliver, CEO of Tech 2025, joins the Jeffs to talk about how companies can harness the power of technology. They discuss creating a culture of innovation across a company, post-pandemic innovation, and trends that will come between now and 2025.
January 24, 2022

Tim Houlne on Creating the Ultimate Customer Experience

Tim Houlne, CEO of Humach, and the Jeffs discuss how embracing AI and automation can help companies grow. They share benefits of AI for businesses in different industries, the Intersection between technology and customer experience, and how Implementing AI can increase employee productivity.
January 17, 2022

BONUS: Black Swan or Gray Rhino?

The Jeffs compare Michele Wucker’s concept of The Gray Rhino and Nassim Taleb’s concept of The Black Swan. They explore: what Black Swan & Gray Rhino events are, past & current Gray Rhino crises in the U.S. and how leaders can handle Gray Rhino or Black Swan events in their organization
December 13, 2021

Roy Sharples on the Power of Creativity

The Jeffs hear from author and CEO of Unkown Origins, Roy Sharples. You’ll learn: how to make your vision or mission a reality, why ridicule is nothing to be scared of, and how creativity can be run through a process.
December 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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