Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur
078 Helene Cahen Sparking and sustaining innovation teams

078 Helene Cahen Sparking and sustaining innovation teams

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A rebel intrapreneur must learn the discipline of innovation. By definition, a rebel intrapreneur furthers the mission of the organization, while simultaneously challenging the system from within. This means improving existing things or launching new things. Innovation is required. 

When Helene Cahen released her book, Fire Up Innovation: Sparking and Sustaining Innovation Teams, I thought, “She wrote this book for rebel intrapreneurs.” After listening to this episode, I think you will agree.  

We talked about a lot of things, including: 

  1. 4 Ps of creativity 

  2. Creating a culture of starting small, prototyping, and not asking for permission

  3. The reality that if you don’t innovate, you are dead (organizationally, speaking)

  4. Stay and fight for innovation or leave and go somewhere else

  5. Some organizations are fast and some are slow and some have different definitions of fast and slow

  6. Diversity in the way we solve problems 

  7. Understand the problem before we leap to solutions

  8. Your role in innovation is moving the process along

  9. The need to define success clearly

  10. Brainstorming and clustering 

  11. Innovation is about change

  12. The wall of assumptions 

  13. The key to innovation is to “Find a project you can start on”

  14. 4 principles of applied innovation

More about Helene Cahen and her book: 

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Helene Cahen Innovation Rebel Intrapreneur Bill Cushard

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Bill’s book: The Art of Agile Marketing: A Practical Roadmap for Implementing Kanban and Scrum in Jira and Confluence 

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Rebel Intrapreneur
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Rebel Intrapreneur is a podcast about a new category of high performing employee. Rebel intrapreneurs further the mission of an organization while simultaneous challenging the system from within. Founders and entrepreneurs are thirsty to find people who believe in their mission as much as they do, and pursue that mission relentlessly. Rebel Intrapreneur is hosted by Bill Cushard, who has reported directly to founder/CEOs four times in his career, which makes him an ideal guide on your intrapreneurial journey.