Using innovation to grow sales and profits is an accepted business concept.
After 48 years of innovating and 33 years of consulting - I believe that the ROOT CAUSE of a lack of innovation at most companies the lack of TRUST that leaders have in the ability of their teams to innovate successfully.
A wise man taught me recently the difference between a Bartender and a Mixologist.
The last song of the Broadway musical Kinky Boots is a lesson to everyone “You change the world when you change your mind.”
This past week I’ve been pushing myself to new levels of failure. I’m not talking polite “excuse me” failures I’m talking about down right UGH that didn’t work.
In some cases they were public failures - messing up the cooking of a meal - making mistakes on some math - not saying the right things at the right time. In other cases they were private mistakes that I came to realize privately.
Years ago these types of failures would have infected my mind. I would have played the “could of, should of” game of mental torture with myself. I would have relived my failures over and over again. I would have spent most of the weekend dealing with my past week rather then living in the current moment.
Over the past few months I’ve observed that we are collectively becoming less truthful.
At a car dealership I observed a sales person lying 5 times. To make it worse - when her manager came over he lied 3 times in a row. Now I understand that they would call it “just selling” however in North Fryeburg Maine - where I spent time with my Grand Mother, Hazel Hall - she’d call it lying.
In business meetings managers claim “amnesia” that had never been told something - when there is written evidence of it being shared at least 6 times - again Hazel would say lying.
Innovations can be meaningful, wonderful, better than expected.
However my new standard is BEYOND REASONABLE!
I experienced BEYOND REASONABLE during the opening night of the new James Taylor and His All-Star Band with Bonnie Raitt tour.
It was not just good - it was overwhelmingly BEYOND REASONABLY AWESOME. I can’t believe I’m saying this but on a pure entertainment basis it ranked close to Bruce Springsteen - and for fun with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville circus.
The show did the little stuff great - started on time - delivered 3 hours of great music.
But that was just the start - it then went…
This morning I’m thinking about integrity. dictionary.com defines Integrity as…
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
The state of being whole and undivided
When our work has integrity we are fulfilled. Integrity brings meaning to our work and life.
Sadly - instead of integrity - much of our work life is filled with drama more befitting of a movie - politics, drama, and intrigue. The “drama” increases the larger the organization - and the more the ownership of our organization is “separated from the work” of the employees.
Why do adults allow themselves to get STUPID as they age?
FACT: The world is changing as science makes new discoveries.
FACT: The world is changing as artificial intelligence enables new opportunities.
FACT: The world is becoming one marketplace as the internet connects us.
TRUTH: If you’re not getting smarter you’re getting STUPID.