Next Level Leadership

30 October 2017,   By   

Last week, I traveled to San Francisco and Berkeley, California to join the exclusive professional classes of Innovation Orbit for the latest on leadership, innovation techniques, and how to change corporate culture.  Innovation Orbit is a global executive training program focusing on innovation strategies, culture and tools used by leading corporates, public entities and startups. The classes rotate between Vienna, Austria, Shanghai, China and San Francisco, California.  Next year, Nairobi, Kenya will be added.

Like leading MBA programs, the secret sauce in this program are the hand-picked, multi-cultural leading professionals with diverse backgrounds. The discussions and presentations covered the challenging topic about changing a ‘non-innovative’ corporate culture from the ground up.   The speakers reminded us of one very famous quote by Peter Drucker: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This means that defining the right KPIs and training your managers is not enough.  Organizational leaders need to create a mindset and environment for change and motivates all stakeholders.

As important is identifying those who will never change.  This is probably one of the hardest things to do.  After last week, I am happy to share with you some simple “rules & tools” to make this happen.


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