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Conversations with Everyday Innovators that reject the status quo, think differently, and make a positive difference in their world. No blah blah “experts” hawking their hypothetical BS here. These are real people, real experiences, and real results. Tamara and her guests bring a fresh approach to innovation, making it accessible to everyone, at any time. This podcast is for people that know that life is too crowded, cluttered, and competitive to be mediocre, and are ready to ignite innovati ...
 
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This week's insights are all about Experimentation, friction, taking control, and borrowing innovation. This week's Everyday Innovator interviews were very different -Savanna Givens (Inquisitive Risk Taker) the assistant at a credit union, Chris Chopyak (Instinctual Risk Taker) the innovation and visual strategist, Supriya Surender (Imaginative Inq…
 
We spend so much time with our heads in the weeds or exhausting ourselves trying to create that new-to-the-world idea. But, as today's guest shows us, the best ideas come from keeping your eyes open for what already exists. Jake Dunlap is the CEO of Skaled Consulting and past VP of Sales at Glassdoor. He shares how he built his career on finding be…
 
Most of us have life-changing experiences that either feels like they are going to break us or become the fire for our success. The question is what you do with those moments in your life. My guest today had a life-altering experience that became the foundation for living her best life. Everyday Innovator Supriya Surender is an alopecia advocate, o…
 
Navigating change can be really challenging. Often it's the tension created when working with others that stops us from moving forward. In an effort to avoid conflict, it seems easier to just give in or meet in the middle. But, as Everyday Innovator Chris Chopyak explains, that tension can actually be an advantage if you lean into it. Chris also ta…
 
Do you ever find yourself saying, "there must be a better way," under your breath? Is there a process or task at work that makes you frustrated because it's inefficient or unnecessary? If you nodded yes, then this is the episode for you. Hear how Everyday Innovator Savanna Givens decided to take one of her biggest frustrations and turn it into a mo…
 
This week's insights are all about self-negotiation, falling in love, callusing your mind, and listening to whispers of inspiration. This week's Everyday Innovator interviews were very different - Sergio Nazzaro the Realtor(Inquisitive Instinctual), Jennifer Beechen the marketing director in pet food (Futuristic Collaborative), Tyler Millstein the …
 
What if business as you knew it went away overnight? What if your business model suddenly came to a screeching halt in a matter of weeks? But, what if you used that shift to evolve with the times and actually set yourself up for more success? Today's guest Traci Brown rode the roller coaster of 2020 with the rest of us and found ways to innovate, a…
 
How do you take a step towards making your dreams a reality when you don't know what to do or have all the skills to do it? How do you train yourself mentally to do the hard work and push forward? That's exactly what I cover with today's guest, Tyler Millstein. Tyler owns Crossfit Hierarchy, two gyms in the Washington D.C. area. He shares the impor…
 
The best ideas are usually right in front of you, just one insight away from being discovered. The key is being open to listening for them. As the vice president of marketing at Champion Petfoods, and Acana Dog Food, the only dog food specifically for rescue dogs, Jennifer Beechen knows what it takes to build innovative products that make a meaning…
 
Do you ever feel like you struggle to achieve your goals or get frustrated because you can't seem to stick to a plan? I think today's conversation with Everyday Innovator Sergio Nazzaro is going to shed some light on this. He's a real estate agent in Denver, Colorado who has done a phenomenal job elevating his own life, differentiating himself in a…
 
This week's insights are all about obstacles, motivators, frustrations, and your ego. This week I interviewed three very different Everyday Innovators - Sara Meaney (Inquisitive Risk Taker) with a successful career pushing innovation in traditional industries, Jacob Weinstein (Risk Taker Inquisitive) launching two businesses in healthcare that work…
 
Curiosity is the springboard for new ideas and innovation. The ability to seek to understand, ask questions and not assume. And, according to Jenn Dewall, it's the key to strong leadership and teamwork. Jenn has used her straight-talk style and willingness to get vulnerable to propel her success and the success of those she serves. She shares with …
 
It's easy to get complacent, even about the things that frustrate us the most. We simply accept them as part of life. But, as today's guest Everyday Innovator Jacob Weinstein shows us, there's no room for complacency. In fact, the "there's got to be a better way" moments are the foundation for innovation and opportunity. Jacob figured out how to so…
 
Sara has a long career shaking things up. In fact, most of her career has been about driving forward new ideas in industries known for their traditional thinking. Today, Sara shares with us how she gets buy-in for her ideas with "legacy" thinkers, and how understanding the real motivation by those placing and removing obstacles in your path is the …
 
Moving into 2022, there's one thing we know for certain - things will remain in flux and uncertain. But, I feel more optimistic about 2022 than ever. I don't think it's because COVID is suddenly going to disappear or that all the issues that have arisen in the past two years will magically disappear. I don't even believe the dust will settle. Howev…
 
Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture, how the pieces all fit together when you are in the thick of it. I’ve spent time researching, looking at what’s going on around us, and pulling out what I think are the big shifts we are experiencing. I’m sharing them with you because I think understanding the shifts we are experiencing will help set you …
 
Did you know only 10% of distractions come from your external world? The dings, the pings, the beeps, the pop-up messages...only 10%. As Nir Eyal and I talk about, the real distractions come from what he calls internal triggers, or uncomfortable emotions we are trying to avoid. That's why we are busy, but not productive. It's why we avoid the heavy…
 
This will really resonate with you if you feel like you are fighting legacy thinkers, bureaucracy, or even leaders unwilling or slow to change. Want to know what it’s like to push the boundaries of an industry? To do what others are afraid to do? And to see the payoff of a willingness to change and innovate? Me too! That’s why I had Brian Benstock …
 
If you’ve ever wondered why some product launches succeed, and so many fail, this is the episode for you. If you are looking to launch your own internal initiative or product launch, you’ll learn a lot from my guest, Felicia Anderson. is the vice president of product management at Epiq and was the senior director of the product management at Pitney…
 
Innovation doesn’t just have to be disruptive. Oftentimes, the best innovation comes from thinking differently about what's right in front of you. When faced with a lot of leftover tomatoes, Laurie Nadeau stumbled upon an incredibly innovative (and delicious) use for them. It was a pleasant surprise for Laurie when the Bloody Mary Mix she shared wi…
 
Are you looking for innovation in the wrong place? My guests Joel Clark and Cameron Smith, owners of the knocking it out of the park food brand Kodiak Cakes, think we might be. In fact, they grew Kodiak from a boutique to a $100 million business. The key? They look at categories in decline as an opportunity versus chasing high growth areas that we …
 
How do you create a high-performing team where people are leaning into you as the leader, rather than you leaning into them? As a leader, what can you do to ensure you are creating an environment where your team thrives? There’s no better person to tap for insights than a former commander of a nuclear submarine, David Marquet. Apart from serving as…
 
Have you ever wondered how to take your team or organization from no or low levels of innovation to high levels? How to get people to buy into the idea that innovative thinking and processes are important to success? Heather Kluter, innovation thought leader, did that at Hyundai and she’s here sharing her experience and how she helps companies cont…
 
You're small and you have fewer resources than your competition. In fact, you are entering a crowded playing field with dozens of options that the customer can't figure out already. But, you've got an innovative product, service, or business model. How do you use your size to gain an advantage? How do you use your lack of resources to get massive r…
 
The U.S. Army is not really the place you would think of to find innovation, but at the Army Research Labs, it is an important part of their mission and how they operate. Innovation is infused into the DNA of the entire organization, and Dr. Philip Perconti joins me to share some insight into this unique part of the U.S. military. Recently retired,…
 
Evolving expectations, changing demands, and a world moving forward faster than most of us can keep up with can make innovation challenging. It's easy to stop, put our heads in the sand, and wait for things to settle. But, we both know that's not going to happen, especially in business. As the Managing Director of Consumer Goods - Europe at Accentu…
 
A good night's sleep is a game-changer. It improves energy, recovery, health, and even mood. But, getting the elusive deep rest is something many of us struggle with. Dr. Jason Loth and I go deep into why sleep matters, what happens to our bodies and minds when we don't sleep, and how correct sleep alignment can help us in getting a good night's sl…
 
Why do so many innovations fail? The most recent stat I read claims that 97% of new product ideas fail before they hit the one-year mark. Those are pretty low odds. But, not for Taylor Dawson, co-founder of GE's First Build Innovation Lab. They had a high rate of success, especially given they were operating inside a large system with lots of proce…
 
Structure and innovation — can they work hand in hand? Can a big company teach us more entrepreneurial spirits about innovation? Michael Arena, now VP of Talent at Amazon and previous Chief Talent Officer at General Motors talks about just that. He shared how he thinks differently about his work and what GM does to stay innovative, as well as his m…
 
Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions? Or maybe you know there is more potential inside of you that you aren’t tapping. I know we can’t be ON all the time but it wouldn’t it be great to feel energized and at your best at the place where you literally spend most of your life — work? I’m not talking about health, although that'…
 
There’s no denying that we live in an increasingly digital world where a lot of our communication takes place via text on screens, i.e. email. That’s why human connection is ever more important in helping us build those relationships. Steve Pacinelli has just the insights to share on how we can use videos to stand out in a cluttered inbox and rehum…
 
Steven Sashen is a maverick entrepreneur, SharkTank contestant, and founder of the thriving barefoot running company, XeroShoes. Steven shares how he built his company one shoe at a time, turning his experience and passion into a thriving international business. If you've ever had a passion for something unconventional or a perspective that goes ag…
 
Getting buy-in for your ideas is as important as having the ideas. What's the point of being innovative if you can't get any traction. This episode is all about helping you get that traction by giving you a better understanding of the "early adopters" curve that so many use to get buy-in both internally and in the marketplace. However, there is one…
 
Here's the real deal, the past two years have been filled with unexpected challenges and obstacles. For some it led to exponential growth, and for others it meant having the rug pulled out from underneath them. In these situations what has always inspired me are people that even against the odds find new opportunities to pursue. People that create …
 
In this series I interview ordinary people doing extraordinary things. People like you and me out there innovating, influencing and making an impact. Today, Everyday Innovator Connie Warden shares with us how she had to learn to play big, stay curious and differentiate herself in an authentic way in the wellness space which is cluttered with me-too…
 
In your lifetime you've probably experienced the power of a movement. Maybe you saw it on the news in a political movement. Perhaps in a cultural shift. When a majority of people with a singular focus take power, amazing things can happen. But, have you ever thought about how to leverage the power of a movement in your work and life? If you haven't…
 
It's easier to be attached to the things we know, even when they aren't good for us than to deal with the fear and discomfort of the unknown. At least it used to be for me. In this episode, I share my experience about being attached to the wrong emotions, the ones that weren't serving me because I could anticipate them. And, it's when I broke free …
 
One of the most important aspects of any business is your customers. Not just getting customers, but keeping them. In fact, most failed businesses spend a lot of time and money on acquiring new customers but not a lot of energy on keeping them. Showing your customers some love is a great place to innovate as well. The element of surprise and deligh…
 
Do you ever feel like you are having an internal war between your head and your heart? Between moving forward and standing still? Between your comfort zone and your growth zone? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. So many of us struggle with this continual battle between what we know we want to do and what we actually do. In my twenty-five plu…
 
Emotionally intelligent leadership, understanding what makes you stand out, mindset, and approach to creating ground-breaking work. These are just a few of the things my guest Kevin Allen and I discuss. Kevin has had a wildly successful career both creating advertising campaigns that changed industries and leading teams to great success. He is the …
 
Do you look at kids and think, "they are so naturally creative?" Yet somehow as adults, we've lost our way, and most of us would describe ourselves as missing the creative bone that only the select few possess. Interesting that as kids we all have it, yet as adults-only a select few do. Why is this? Well, it's because creativity, or as we say here …
 
Today's episode is going to help you avoid being derailed by difficult people who stall or slow down your work. Whether you like it or not, you will lead, manage or be on a team with difficult people. Aside from being annoyed, what do you do? What I've learned in my 25 plus years of work is that what you can't do is ignore them. In fact, as an inno…
 
Have you ever looked at someone who risks it all for big rewards and thought, "wow, I wish I was more of a willingness to take risks like them. I tend to play it safe!" Here's the thing, risk isn't an all or none skill, it's actually a muscle you build over time. Now, if you are thinking, I don't need more risk in my life, I'd like you to be open t…
 
A lot has changed personally and professionally in the past year. New technology has automated many functions humans used to be responsible for, the internet gives people instant access and global choice for just about anything, and teams have become virtual, as a way of doing business. In order to stay on the forefront of these massive shifts, it'…
 
Do you ever feel like you are working hard, maybe even harder than you ever have, yet the results don't show it? It's as if your productivity is through the roof, but the outcomes are still lackluster. My guest today, Roy Redd, shares with me a concept he lives by called "Workability." In short it's finding what works, what gets results, and doing …
 
How much time do you waste trying to convince your doubters your ideas are right? Do you know how to facilitate a meeting or conversation to get the best results? Are all those meetings you and your team attend actually moving the business forward? What would it take to actually build a culture of innovation where people know how to connect and col…
 
Soft skills are not your technical skills that show up as a bullet point on your job description. They are the interpersonal or behavioral skills you actually rely on to do your job, live life, and get ahead. The ones that are hard to track but are equally, or more important. In fact, I'd argue that the technical skills you rely on to do your job a…
 
Do you ever feel like you are not just working in your strengths, but actively against them? You are not alone. So many people feel that way. Maybe in school we were told we had to think and work a certain way, and that way didn't match our way. Or maybe a boss or work environment didn't allow you to bring your best self. Or perhaps you have been c…
 
Did you know only 10% of distractions come from your external world? The dings, the pings, the beeps, the pop up messages...only 10%. As Nir Eyal and I talk about, the real distractions come from what he calls internal triggers, or uncomfortable emotions we are trying to avoid. That's why we are busy, but not productive. Why we avoid the heavy lift…
 
You may be able to do it alone, even get pride out of being a solo winner, but I promise you that you are white knuckling it way more than you need to, and you have major blind spots. You are most likely leaving opportunity and even greater success on the table without knowing it. One of the most important things you can do to go further, faster in…
 
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