The impact of Tamara’s break-through work in human-centered innovation is felt across the globe. Her proprietary IQE assessment, the only tool that helps people reach optimal performance by tapping the power of their innovative mind, helps people become confident & strong Everyday Innovators. This podcast is mindset, tangible tools, deep dives, interviews, and rants.
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 mantra "positively disrupt or be disrupted." We also talk about the importance of scaling and why that's important no matter your size. Whether you feel like you are a cog in a big wheel or the sole innovator, this podcast has some interesting lessons around how structure can foster innovation, not hinder it. Connect with Michael Arena on LinkedIn Michael's Linkedin articles Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect.
42 min 34 sec
In my travels, I meet a lot of entrepreneurs that claim to have an idea that is going to totally disrupt their category. Sadly, it's rarely the case — sorry, but it's true. But then I met Henry Schwartz, one of the Founders of MobCraft Beer. Their entire business model is disruptive. Today I talk to him about how experimentation and putting the customer in the driver seat has been the secret sauce to their success. Listen to how he gives up control and allows the fans to guide the flavors. In fact, deciding the next flavor isn't the job of R&D, it's the job of the mob! He also shares how to transform experimentation from something you fear to being a part of your business model. As Henry shares with us, the key to success isn't just an innovative product, it's having an innovative business model too. Henry Schwartz' s Everyday Innovator style: Imaginative Futuristic MobCraft Beer Homepage Henry's Shark Tank Episode Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect.
34 min 17 sec
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's important, I’m talking about leadership potential, the potential we all have in us. Today’s guest on Inside LaunchStreet, Jason Treu, is a leadership potential expert, executive coach to leaders and rising stars, and a TEDx speaker. We chat about why leadership is more than just a title and how to get past just “showing up” to work. Jason's Everyday Innovator style: Risk Taker Instinctual Connect with Jason Treu Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect.
44 min 54 sec
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 rehumanize our businesses. Stephen's Everyday Innovator style: Risk Taker Futuristic Stephen Pacinelli is the Chief Marketing Officer of BombBomb, a tool that helps users create and send simple videos via email. As a Sales Manager, Vice President of Events, and the National Speaker for Realtor.com, Steve has immense experience in sales, marketing, and speaking, which he taps into to help people improve human connection. Recently, Steve co-authored the definitive guide to better business communication, Rehumanize Your Business, which explains how to dramatically improve relationships and results in your business through video. What are we missing by communicating via email? It’s not just about conveying your tone to the other person, but also overcoming their current feelings at the time. Steve explains how BombBomb allows people to make email as warm and personal as a face-to-face meeting through connecting people, and rehumanizing business. We discuss how to harness video as a tool even in regular communication, and what makes video such a powerful tool to influence decisions — you can ignore the text on a screen, but not a person. Steve shares some case studies of how videos help to make communication personal and human, and his tips and strategies for leveraging video to stand out and grab attention amidst all the distractions. BombBomb Stephen Pacinelli on LinkedIn Rehumanize Your Business: How Personal Videos Accelerate Sales and Improve Customer Experience, by Ethan Beute and Stephen Pacinelli Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect.
49 min 8 sec
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 against the norm, this is the podcast episode for you. Stephen likes to shake things up so you'll hear a lot of "breaking the rules" stories in this interview. He also shares how he never sets goals and how being on SharkTank impacted his business. Get XeroShoes: www.xeroshoes.com Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect.
42 min 20 sec
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 thing missing from the traditional Early Adopter model that can make all the difference. In this episode, I'll show you what it is and why it matters. I'm going to dig into the age-old Idea Adoption Curve and show you a more up-to-date take on it that will improve your idea and product buy-in for both leadership and in the marketplace. Connect with Tamara on LinkedIn or join the innovator Facebook group to listen in live and have the opportunity to connect Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
24 min 53 sec
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 moment of powerful innovation. In this episode, she shares with me what led to her idea and how she got buy-in from leadership. As you'll hear, the solution saved the organization a lot of time and money. And, Savanna shares some great insights around how to think about feedback, even the negative stuff! Lots of insights in this one! Savanna's Everyday Innovator style is Inquisitive Risk Taker. You'll hear this side of her as she talks about how to turn her idea into reality. Connect with Savanna on LinkedIn. Check out Hiway Credit Union where Savanna applies her rock str innovator talents daily Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
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 opportunities where they didn't exist before. Today's guest is no exception to that. Eli Harris may be young, but his vision and experience is wise beyond his years. As the Co-Founder and President of R-Zero, Eli is looking to totally disrupt the disinfection industry, lead the way in the new field of bio-safety, and change a field that on one hand has experienced massive change, yet on the other hasn't seen innovation in years. Listen in as we talk about how to reframe your thinking, view legacy industries and pursue a massive vision. Connect with Eli Harris on LinkedIn and follow the Forbes 30 under 30 leader. Check out R-Zero as they transform an industry. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
45 min 13 sec
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 meaningful difference. She is a shinning example of learning through listening and collaboration, the power of "love letters" in your business and how to own your unique value. Jennifer's Everyday Innovator style is Futuristic Collaborative As part of my Everyday Innovator series, I'm committed to bringing you stories from rock star Everyday Innovators like Jennifer. Their insights will help you ignite innovation, influence others, and make an impact. Connect with Jennifer and follow updates from Champion on LinkedIn Check out Champion Petfoods. Their premier products may become your furry friend's new favorite food.
30 min 34 sec
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 people, programs and noise. Connie has truly leveraged her Everyday Innovator style of Inquisitive Instinctual to ignite innovative ideas that have helped her launch her "mindful kindful" business and succeed. Connie is a martial artist, zen seeker, founder of ZaZen, and a truly inspiring Everyday Innovator. Check out more about Connie's programs and her anti-stress in a box product on her website. Her online yoga and meditation programs can also be found through her facebook page. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
37 min 52 sec
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 yet, you will after this episode. Today, Greg Satell, author of Cascades and innovation thought leader, joins me to talk about the power of movements in creating transformational change, building cultures of change, and driving innovation in uncertain times. Definitely check out Greg's book, Cascades: How to Create a Movement That Drives Transformational Change, on Amazon Connect with Greg on his website, and check out his services. He has a wealth of resources for leaders and organizations. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
49 min 21 sec
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 from those emotions, or the attachment to what I know, that I began to experience tremendous success in work and life. In fact, everything started to really fall into place when I changed this part of my life. I hope when you listen to this episode, you'll also realize a few negative or toxic emotional attachments that aren't serving you. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Toolkit Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
8 min 17 sec
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 delight goes a long way with your customers or clients. In this episode customer experience guru, Shep Hyken, gives us some real-world stories and tools to keep our customers coming back for more. As a reminder, you may have customers, clients, members or even internal customers inside your organization. No matter where you are coming from, this episode will help you think differently about your customer experience. Definitely check out Shep's website. You'll find a wealth of resources and learn more about how to connect with Shep. And his latest book, I'll Be Back, can be found on Amazon, his website and most retailers. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Facebook Group Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
58 min 24 sec
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 plus years of work I've come to identify the three major sabotagers of your own progress - fear, comfort and constraint. And, they don't always show up the way you think they do. In this episode I'll deep dive into all three, how they show up, and what you can do to ensure they don't hold you back from achieving your best. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
29 min 48 sec
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 embodiment of true leadership, everyday innovation, and seeking to make an impact on the people in his community, both personally and professionally. I learned a lot in this interview and I know you will too. Kevin Allen was the creative mind behind the iconic "priceless Mastercard" campaign, the founder of EI games, an award-winning online leadership development platform that focuses on emotional intelligence, and the author of The Case of the Missing Cutlery: a leadership guide for the rising star. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Become a sought-after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
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 at LaunchStreet, being an innovator, is actually a skill we all have, but over the years it gets minimized, ignored, or even taught out of us. My guest today, Shafik Mina believes that not only is everyone creative but that it's a skill we must teach and foster in our kids so that they develop strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills in the future. And, as he shares, some of the things they do in Crayola Imagine Arts Academy and Mad Science translate into strong leadership. Check out both Crayola Imagine Arts Academy and Mad Science. These programs serve an incredibly important role in fostering creativity in tomorrow's leaders. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Become a sought-after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
47 min 14 sec
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 innovator, you need to get them on board or get them out. But trying to move forward by ignoring or brushing their difficultness under the rug won't work. In fact, it will work against you. Our guest today, Jonno White is dedicated to creating strong relationships at work that move and business forward. We dig into what to do with difficult people, and situations, and how to not let things fester to the point of no return. Check out Jonno White's book, Step Up or Step Out. As we talk about in the podcast and he goes into detail in his book, you can manage a difficult person to either get on board or get out in just 4 weeks. Jonno White's website also includes the 7 questions and other things we discussed. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Become a sought-after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
1 hr 11 min
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 to a new perspective. In this episode I'm going to suggest a few reasons why we all need to dial up our risk muscles. I'm also going to share some activities you can do to begin to flex and strengthen your risk muscles. This podcast is the recording of one of my weekly 10-minute bursts of innovation. If you'd like to join the conversation live, click here. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
21 min 38 sec
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's also important we open our minds to the latest trends and technology. This episode with my guest, Paul Ace, will help you do just that. We dig into the new business and customer model of "conversational commerce" that is gaining. alot of traction. Fortunately, Paul is on the forefront of it all. He also shares how he keeps his global and virtual team motivated and why he focuses on effectiveness, not efficiency. We also dig into how he ignites innovation and gathers ideas that keep his business moving forward. Take a moment to check out Paul's business, Amplify C-C. He might be able to help you get unstuck and grow. He's helped a lot of online business leaders amplify their businesses and could do the same for you. You know I’m all about getting into the Zone. It’s where I get my best work done. Of course I’ve perfected the external triggers that get me into that creative and focused space, and my favorite is FocusatWill.com. No joke, every time I turn it on the distractions around me disappear and my energy and my mind just flow. Try it today! Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy – Join the global community Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
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 more of that, and getting rid of the busy work. Wouldn't that be nice?! Roy and I also dig into fear of failure really being fear of looking like a failure, our misperceptions of stress, and how he went from homeless to a successful business man. You know I'm all about getting into the Zone. It's where I get my best work done. Of course I've perfected the external triggers that get me into that creative and focused space, and my favorite is FocusatWill.com. No joke, every time I turn it on the distractions around me disappear and my energy and my mind just flow. Try it today! Today's guest, Roy Redd is a real rock star. If you want to connect with him, get his book, book him to speak, or just continue to learn from a person that's out there doing it, go to his website. You'll find everything you need and more there. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Everyday Innovators Digital Magazine Everyday Innovators Online Academy - Join the global community Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
51 min 30 sec
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 collaborate? Great news! My guest Douglas Ferguson and I talk about all of these things and more. He makes a compelling case for ignoring your doubters, building influencers and becoming a master facilitator. Douglas Ferguson is the president of VoltageControl, an innovation consultancy focused on design thinking and giving you the skills you need to become a master facilitator. What's important to note here is that Douglas sees being a strong facilitator as an essential skill of success. After you listen to this episode I think you'll see why! And, don't to get my favorite motivational water bottle, HydroMate. It's a water drinking game changer. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
5 min 16 sec
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 are cost of entry and can become irrelevant. But, soft skills are lasting and critical. In this episode I'll share the 6 soft skills that lead to your success - innovation, resilience, communication, decisiveness, leadership, openness. These are the critical soft skills for success in our complex, rapidly changing times. I'll even give you a quick activity you can do to dial up your soft skills in these 6 areas. Don't forget to get your Hydromate and drink up. When we are dehydrated we easily get exhausted and have mental fog. Being hydrated is foundational to your energy and your success. Go to the podcast website and get your 6 Soft Skills to Success bonus. Use it to remind yourself, activate your soft skills, or share with your team. I mentioned Indeed.com. This is one of the major talent and recruiting matching marketplaces. If you are looking for a new job, this may be a good place to start. I talked about Infinite Monkey Urban Winery and their once inciting question that lead to an industry revolution. One of the exercise's I gave you is from motivational master, Mel Robbins. It's here 5 second countdown. Her website has more on this exercise and lots of other great activities. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox. Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
23 min 59 sec
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 conforming to other people's ideas of what success looked like and you've lost sight of what might work for you? Well, if any of those resonate with you, this is the podcast episode for you. I'm going to dig into how you can rediscover your best self by rediscovering how you think and work, in the way that works for you. Here's a hint, it links to your unique Everyday Innovator style. Your best work environment begins on the inside, with you! Don't forget to go get yourself a Hydromate water bottle. As I said, keeping your energy high and your mind and body healthy is foundational to reaching your full potential and being an Everyday Innovator. This is the book I mentioned, Born To Run. A great read regardless of whether you love or hate running. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Become a sought after Everyday Innovator coach and trainer. If you are looking to be a high-demand coach or trainer that commands top dollars, this training is for you. Add the IQE and the Everyday Innovator method to your toolbox.
31 min 58 sec
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 lifts and focus our efforts on the easy and comfortable tasks. And as Nir explains, time management is actually pain management. We also talk about the real opposite of distraction, which isn't focus, it's traction. This interview with author, researcher and entrepreneur, Nir Eyal will help you move away from distraction and move towards traction. It will help you stop doing the things that move you away from your goals or who you want to be and towards the things move you towards your goals and the life you want. I highly recommend Nir's latest book, Indistractable. This book is so much more than a way to manage your to-do list. It's a way to take back control of your life. It's helped me be intentional, focused and achieve my big goals. Also, if you haven't already go to Nir's website and get the BONUS 80-page workbook that will help you gain back hours of lost productivity. If you haven't heard me rave about this already, go get your Passion Planner today! It helps me stay on track, organize my day and my thoughts and it even has space for new ideas and reflection. LaunchStreet website Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment LaunchStreet TV on YouTube Everyday Innovators Masterclass & Academy Innovation is Everybody’s Business Book
59 min 29 sec
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 work and life, is surround yourself with other high-performing people - to build your high-performing team. We all have teams, or can build one. Teams come in a lot of different forms. It could be your employees, your partners, your mastermind, your study group, your colleagues. In this episode I break down the key aspects to building your high-performing team: what a team really is, why it matters, the mistakes to avoid, the way to build your team, and the stages of a high-performing team. #1 What a team really is. Hint, it's so much more than a group of people with common goal. And, a team isn't just your employees or direct reports. Team shows up in a lot of different ways, depending on where you are in work and life. #2 What building your high-performing team matters: How it's selfish and selfish to build your high-performing team (this was a little bit of a rant) Speed. High-performing teams solve problems faster and seize opportunities faster. Marketplace demands speed. Time is no longer a luxury any of us can afford Leverage you full bench: get people off the sidelines and onto the playing field. And, people want to contribute, it's human nature. Stronger solutions. High-performing teams build stronger solutions. Turns out you can do it alone, but it won't turn out as well #3 Mistakes we make: Normalize versus diversify: Taking a diverse team of A-players and trying to make them all think, act, work in a certain way. This turns teams from great to good, not the other way around Instant gratification: Assuming a high-performing team happens overnight is false. This is where people jump ship too soon. Foosball and kombucha: Thinking that a few drinks or a foosball table is going to elevate performance. Fun is important, but it's not what builds a high-performing team #4 How to Build your high-performing team: Be a Football Team: In sports, each player is bringing their best, in their role, and working with everyone else to be their best. They need each person to be the best, in their way, and then bring that to the team goal. You can't have all quarterbacks on your team Embrace friction: Don't deny or run away from friction, embrace it, even sit in it. Friction is good for performance. Consider friction an opportunity to seek to understand Make it like a daily coffee: You don't build a team and the ignore it. High-performing teams require ongoing nurturing, or they go backwards # 5 Stages of your high-performing team: Forming: building, coming together, figuring each other out - strengths and gaps Falling: identifying and addressing the challenges, working through the sticking points Fusion: the team is gelling and coming together, you are seeing the payoff of your efforts. High-Performing: high-five each other because things are paying off, all engines are a go. Here you need to continue to nurture the team. I LOVE my Passion Planner. It's planning, organization, exploration and more. It's the perfect system for visual organizers like me. I couldn't recommend more. This is the link to Derek Siver's Ted talk I mentioned about the first follower and how to start a movement. One of my all time favorite ones. You'll get a lot out of just 3 minutes. Discover your Everyday Innovator Style Learn about the Everyday Innovators Masterclass and Academy Contact LaunchStreet about building your high- performing team
33 min 19 sec
Imagine for a moment that your mind is like the music playlist on your phone. Yet in this case, you didn't add the songs. They were put there by your parents, siblings, bosses, neighborhood, teachers, etc. As my guest, Elan Divon shared with me, this playlist becomes your beliefs and behaviors, and it's often what leads to self sabotage and limiting beliefs. In this episode Elan and I delve into how to change that playlist, and reach your full potential. We also talk about the relevancy of soft skills in today's marketplace, and the new skills you need to succeed. Also, Elan makes a great point that knowing skills is good, but being able to integrate them into your work is powerful. As Elan says, "your value is in the soft skills." If you haven't heard me rave enough, FocusAtWill is my all time favorite tool to focus, dial up the innovation and improve my work. It's a music app and website. I highly suggest you check it out. Individuals use it, and team's subscribe as well. As Elan mentioned, Devon Academy works with young leaders and students to improve their soft skills. This couldn't be more essential. Invest in yourself or those you lead. If you want to reach out to Elan Divon directly, go to his website. There are plenty of good resources there as well. LaunchStreet website Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment LaunchStreet TV on YouTube Everyday Innovators Masterclass & Academy Innovation is Everybody's Business Book
55 min 3 sec
In a culture that rewards busyness, many of us have lost sight of how important it is to pause. Science and studies show that pausing is actually one of the most productive things you can do. In fact research shows that for optimal performance we need both times of intense work and times of recovery. In this episode I cover how the culture of busyness is like a 100 to 1 tennis match you'll never win, and how the power of the pause is proven to increase productivity and innovation, while helping you avoid burnout. I also share 4 ways you can add the power of the pause to your daily work and life. And, I cover how the pause is actually a highly active brain state that helps us be thoughtful and innovative. The four ways I mention in the episode to add pauses to your day: #1 3 Deep Breaths #2 Sit In Inquiry Longer #3 Walk Away #4 Doodle And don't forget the tips I mentioned about ending meetings at forty-five after or padding your work time so you can add the pauses as you are doing the work. And take advantage of the 3-minute built in pause in this episode! I love my Passion Planner. It helps me sty organized, map out my day and work, take a pause often, and move forward. It's more that just a to-do list or calendar, it's a method that helps you own your day, month and year. I mentioned Kacey that uses doodling to help him pause. He's part of our Academy. That means he's gone through our masterclass to be a rock star innovator and then into our year long academy to get the ongoing tools and resources to sharpen his innovation skills. If you are interested, check it out.
28 min 38 sec
Today I'm answering three big questions. First, what's going on in the world that makes the skill of innovation so essential and sought-after? Second, why have your efforts to be an innovator or drive innovation in your clients or teams lead to lackluster or even failed results? Finally, what is this Everyday Innovator method and why does this fresh approach to innovation that work? I dig into how your paper skills become irrelevant, but the ability to adapt does not. How most innovation initiative silo innovation and demoralize the team. Also, how process-first innovation like design thinking and agile lack engagement and long-term buy-in. Why launching strong doesn't always work. How a narrow definition of innovation actually hinders innovative thinking and why the Everyday Innovators at LaunchStreet definition of innovation works. I also share how being an Everyday Innovator (and certified coach or leader) helps you differentiate yourself and create value that is own-able and defendable in a cluttered marketplace. I'll also share how this human-centered innovation approach works and why it gets results you can leverage. I cover a lot of innovation nuggets in this one. And, if you are a leader or coach that wants to add this incredible innovation tool to your toolbox, schedule your discover call before the masterclass closes. If you haven't taken our proprietary, research-bases Everyday Innovator assessment, click here, and discover your unique Everyday Innovator style
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We glorify being busy and declare anyone that isn't double booked and overworked a slacker. But what if being busy isn't only the wrong benchmark of success, what if it's also working against you? Author of Done By Noon, Dave Ruel, and I talk about how to reframe your mindset around productivity and being busy, how working hard and working smart aren't actually an either or, the 3 type of freedom we are after, and the cost of drift. He also breaks down the main tasks you should be doing to be productive, how to get the wrong task that are weighing you down off your plate, and the power of calendar blocking. And, I'll remind us all that busyness makes it harder to innovate, but being productive fosters innovation in your mind and work. Don't forget to check out his book, Done By Noon. It's full tangible how-tos to help you master your schedule and get the right things done, without being busy. Dave's website is also a wealth of great resources.
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As I sit here on this Thursday afternoon I find myself more exhausted than usual. At first I thought it was the heat and a few late nights, but as I started to reflect I realized something else was going on. This week has been full of tasks that require building and creating new things. It's required developing proposals for new clients, scripts for new videos content, developing new marketing language - you get the point. Here's what I realized, all these tasks also require more energy to complete. Here I am expending more energy than usual, but I haven't balanced that out with dedicated time to replenish that energy after I've depleted it. Hence, a Thursday full of foggy brain and exhaustion. Think of it like the apps on your phone. Some don't take any battery life to use and others suck the life out of your battery and before you know it, you are down to 15% and need to plug-in. Well, same goes for your tasks and your energy. In this episode I talk all about this. I mentioned our new 3-week Innovation Masterclass for coaches, entrepreneurs and organizational leaders. I encourage you to go check it out. It might be just what you need to differentiate yourself and gain the edge. You heard me talk about my Everyday Innovator style and how that lends itself to loving the act of creating. Your style may lend itself to something different. In fact it probably does. If you would like to discover your Everyday Innovator style, take our research-based proprietary assessment and find out.
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It sucks to be stuck. You can be stuck in a big way, spinning your wheels and having no idea what to do next, or feeling so foggy you can't even see what's next. Or, you can be stuck in a lot of small ways, or in parts of your work and life. This usually shows up as spinning your wheels, having a sticky problem continually rearing its ugly head, feeling like you are trudging through mud, or just not getting the progress you need to feel like things are moving forward. In this episode I'm going to walk you through 7 simple, and innovative steps, that will instantly get you unstuck (if you follow them). And believe me, the steps aren't what you think. In fact, they include: Own Access Move Plan Trash Build Act Don't worry, I won't ask you to remember all the steps or what's included. I've created this bonus one-pager for you to download and follow. Also, if you are ready to leverage the high-demand innovation tool to be in high-demand and command top dollars, it's time to learn about our Everyday Innovators masterclass and academy. And if you are ready to add organization, communication and scale to your work, check out Basecamp. Basecamp provides my business with the structure and organization we need and frees up our time to focus on our work and innovate.
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A key element of a high-performing team is recognizing, respecting, and leveraging the diversity of thinking on your team. In this episode, I interview Kelly McDonald about how to create a workplace that fosters inclusion, recognizes diversity as a strength, and cover some important "how-tos" from her newly released book, It's Time to Talk about Race at Work. We also cover how to deal with "nay sayers" and "de-railers," and how to make the business case that now is the time to make diversity and inclusion a number one priority. Mentioned in this Episode: Kelly's Book - How to Talk about Race at Work Kelly's Website - McDonald Marketing
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I challenge you to do three simple tasks a day, for seven days, and watch how you transform into an Everyday Innovator. I promise if you do what I talk about in this podcast, your beliefs, behaviors and actions will all align with your ability to innovate. Here's the thing, the brain's number one job is to confirm what you already believe. The brain likes to be in alignment so it matches the outside world to your internal world. When your internal world, or beliefs, believe you aren't innovative, your brain will find all the examples and reasons to validate that belief. But, in this seven day challenge I'm going to give you three simple tasks that will shake up, even flip those beliefs on their head. In fact, what you'll begin to believe strongly is that you are an Everyday Innovator. In fact, you'll begin to believe, as you should, that you are a high-performing, high-value innovator! And your brain will then begin to reinforce and validate that belief. It's just seven days. Try it! Mentioned in this Episode: Zencastr Innovation Quotient Edge assessment 3-Week Innovation Courses (next class starting soon)
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I find myself constantly saying to people, "I can't believe it's June already." Now that we are just about half way through the year, it's time to do some reflecting. I sat down and thought about the big lessons I learned in 2021, or lessons that popped back up in my life. Some of these are personal, some are professional, some are super tangible, and some might feel like a ran. But I hope all of them help set up up for success moving into the back half of the year. Mentioned in this Episode: Zencastr 3-week innovation courses Tim Grover’s books – Winning & Relentless
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Initiative fatigue, lack of buy-in, an unwillingness to change. This is what I hear from frustrated leaders when they call me to discuss why their innovation efforts are not getting results, or outright failing. You've probably experienced it: a new initiative to get innovation off the ground, an innovation process that you are now supposed to follow, and magically get break-through results, or a shift in culture that suddenly values innovation and all the collaboration and risk taking that comes with it. And, none of them last. Today, I'm breaking down process-first innovation, why it fails, and the how, what and why human-centered innovation succeeds. Mentioned in This Episode: Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment Everyday Innovators Online Academy Pop Up Webinar - How To Get Buy-In For Your Ideas
14 min 28 sec
Flow and peak performance can feel elusive and unattainable. And it can feel like they are only for elite athletes or those with with life coaches and meditation rooms. But, today's podcast guest is going to change all that for us, and make flow and peak performance understandable and attainable for all of us. Steve Kotler is the founder of the Flow Research Collective and the author of the most recent book, Art of Impossible. He shares with me how to trigger flow, the impact of flow on everyday life, how dopamine can play tricks on us and how to look at the 4 pillars of peak performance. Mentioned In This Episode: Flow Research Collective Art of Impossible Book Steven Kotler
53 min 32 sec
Does it ever feel as if your efforts to be an innovator keep meeting extreme resistance? Or have you ever felt like trying to be innovative feels more like an exercise in jumping over unnecessary hurdles? And finally, do you look around you and think, "wow, there are so many hurdles to innovation at my work." If you are nodding your head to any of the above, you are not alone. In my 25 years of experience I've come to see a pattern in the things that hold us back from being strong and confident Everyday Innovators. They fall into four camps, and I call them the "4 Traps of Certainty." In this episode I'm going to break down the 4 traps so you can avoid and overcome them. Mentioned In This Episode: Innovation is Everybody's Business Book
24 min 6 sec
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be natural born innovators, while others don't seem to have a creative bone in their body? Or have you been under pressure to be more innovative but can't seem to find the right tools to make it happen in a way that works for you? Or perhaps you are just tired of playing a mediocre game and want to dial up your performance. Here's the good news, in order to be an innovator you don't need to "become" anything. In fact, you were born with everything you need. You just need to access it. In this episode I'll show you how. Mentioned In This Episode: Hoka One One Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment
26 min 7 sec
Do you remember playing tug-of-war as a kid? It was a game of two teams holding on to either side of a rope, and each team had to try to pull the other over a line down the middle. When it comes to change and innovation, that’s exactly what happens individually, in our teams, and in our organizations – it’s a constant tug-of-war between the resistors and drivers of change. On one side, you have the resistors of change, that hold change and innovation back. On the other side, there are the drivers of change, that push them forward. In almost every organization, there is a constant interaction (and conflict!) between the resistors and drivers of change, and that can become very frustrating If we don’t balance out this tug-of-war game to have more, and stronger drivers, than resistors, we will never get the change and innovation that we need to succeed in today’s dynamic and fast-paced marketplace. In this episode I'm going to break it down from the individual, team and organizational level Bonus Resistors & Drivers Worksheet BombBomb.com IQE LaunchStreet Partner Affiliate Opportunity
28 min 14 sec
Whether it's putting together the perfect team, experimenting with your messaging, or finding your competitive differentiation, today's guest has been through it. As the co-founder of Kayak, the top travel site, and founder of Moonbeam, podcast platform, Paul English has incredible experience and insights to share. We even delve into how to be productive when there's so much to do. Mentioned in this Episode: bombbomb.com kayak.com moonbeam.fm Xiangqi.com
47 min 26 sec
Have you ever held two conflicting thoughts? On one hand you believe you are a strong leader, yet on the other hand you believe you aren't worthy. Those conflicting thoughts, or beliefs, can cause anxiety, frustration, anger, discomfort and even self-sabotaging behaviors. It's called "cognitive dissonance" and it's the subtle sabotager keeping you from your goals. In this episode I break down what it is, how it hows up and 3 tool to overcome it. Don't forget to go to our website and get the download for this episode. Download Top 3 Tool To Overcome Cognitive Dissonance
21 min 6 sec
Our mindset, our behaviors, and our actions either push us forward towards our goals, or pull us back, and keep us in place. Today's podcast interview is going to show you how to stack your positive habits, and minimize your negative habits across the 5 foundational areas of your life. My guest, Will Moore, is out to create a momentum movement and once you listen to this interview, I know you'll want to be a part of it. His "gamification" of habits will help you shift your momentum immediately. Focus At Will Moore Momentum with Will Moore Moore Momentum App Book - How To Win Friends & Influence People Your Innovator Style Personality Test
Vulnerability is often cited as a key factor in deeper connections and open communication. Yet, after a year of working virtually, it can feel like real communication and connections being lost, and in addition to that, the concept of vulnerability has changed and left us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Hilary Blair, an expert in the area of communication, joins me to talk about the downsides of vulnerability, and what we can do to adapt. Hilary Blair is the CEO, Founder, and Lead Coach at ARTiculate Real and Clear, an arts-based communications firm that helps professionals fine-tune their communication. Hilary is a former actor, and is obsessed with communication and human connection, particularly in terms of executive presence, from one-to-one and team communication, to facilitation and storytelling. She focuses on helping people show up and be present, be seen, and be heard, using the techniques of the performing arts. How does feeling like we’re losing real communication and connection play out in the workplace? Hilary sheds light on some of the pressures and challenges of vulnerability and how we navigate that in the workplace, as well as how we can reframe vulnerability as availability to maintain clear boundaries. She also has some great insights around how we as leaders can drive the transition to availability, addressing the elephants in the room, and balancing vulnerability, availability, and transparency in this virtual world. If you are ready to: get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities… Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com Mentioned in This Episode: Canva Hilary Blair on LinkedIn ARTiculate Real & Clear ClubHouse Brené Brown “Receiving Feedback Well: Boundaries and Clarity”
1 hr 2 min
Do you have a problem that keeps rearing its ugly head? No matter how many times you solve it, it just won't go away? Or do you have a task that's been on your to-do list for months, even years, yet never gets completed? And, not completing it is causing wasted time, energy and effort? The issue you face isn't the problem or the task, it's the size. When what you face is too big, your brain can't wrap its head around it. Your actions can't catch up with the effort it would take to get to completion. Today, we are going to talk about how to identify if size if your issue and how to break it down so you can finally get unstuck and move the needle forward. I'll give you a hint, the magic number is 10. Mentioned In This Episode: Big Ideas Innovation Challenge - Begins April 5th Innovation Assessment - IQE Hoka One One
17 min 41 sec
One of the things we don’t talk enough about is money. However, money and financial intelligence can push us forward or hold us back from reaching our goals. Why? Money and the way we think about money tends to control and cloud our emotions, as well as influence how we go through the day, and having a handle on it can help open up new paths for yourself. Henry Daas, Financial Intelligence guru, joins me on the podcast to give us some insights and tips into understanding our money. Henry Daas is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business in 1991 as an Apple reseller. Today, he is an entrepreneurial coach who does one-to-one coaching for $1 million to $10 million businesses via Zoom, in addition to running a 20-week financial literacy course that covers all the need-to-know aspects of financial intelligence from your first savings bond to your last will and testament. He is also the author of FQ: Financial Intelligence where he shares many basics of money, mindset, and more. Why do people often avoid understanding or talking about money? Money is a hugely emotional topic, and it has a lot to do with mindset and psychology. Henry shares more about the psychology behind money and some of the things that work against us. We also dig into how to manage a money mindset when our reality may be starkly different, the importance of sitting down and really looking at your finances, as well as risk tolerance and where emotions fit in in financial intelligence (hint: they don’t). Henry has a lot of insights and tips that will help you get on the journey of being more confident with your money, so be sure to tune in. If you are ready to: get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities… Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com Mentioned in This Episode: The Pattern App Henry Daas FQ: Financial Intelligence, by Henry Daas FQ 20-Week Course Berkshire Hathaway Dr. Alex Elder Million Dollar Listing New York Big Money Energy, by Ryan Serhant
53 min 41 sec
There are a million change models out there...and most of them don't work. As I discuss in this quick rant podcast, they fail because of two simple reasons. First, "models" are point-in-time exercises, and second, they are missing the most important element, the contribution roadmap. This is the why, what and how your teams contribute to the change. How they make a meaningful difference and support the bigger vision. This matters up, down and sideways on the organizational ladder and is often the first to be overlooked. Hence, failure. Mentioned in the episode: Big Ideas Innovation Challenge
10 min 19 sec
What do the Ironman Triathlon and life have in common? A lot, it turns out, and there are so many lessons we can take away from the Ironman competition that also apply to life. When I decided to try my hand at the Ironman Triathlon, all my research led to Dave Scott, six-time Champion of Ironman Hawaii who is the Ironman Hall of Fame. Dave started doing triathlons in 1976, and first competed in Ironman Hawaii in 1978. He won six times in the ’80s, came in 2nd thrice as well, and finally ended his Ironman career in 1996. The Ironman Triathlon is not a short race — it takes stamina and mental fortitude, in addition to physical strength and conditioning to complete it, much less win. To me, this is a great analogy for life — which is why Dave’s lessons from his experiences with the Ironman Triathlon are so relevant. Dave and I discuss why we need more than motivation to do something tough and succeed over and over again, and dissect the definition of failure. Dave shares some of his strategies for getting over the fear of failure (hint: Recognize that it's mostly in your head!). We also explore why changing your perspective on obstacles is key to tackling them — and how Dave does it, as well as how to avoid letting external conditions dictate how you behave and perform. Dave also has some insights on the importance of being spontaneous, and why worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet can be a huge hindrance. If you are ready to: get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities… Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com Mentioned in This Episode: Dave Scott Train with Dave (Training Program) Ask The Man Ironman Hoka One-One Shoes Mark Allen, Ironman Triathlete
59 min 48 sec
Whether you're in the food business or not, disruption and thinking differently in an industry that has been the same for a while is something that applies to all of us. Drew Munro is someone with a passion, and a vision of disrupting the food category but not in the way we're used to — all because he saw a need in the market that wasn’t being fulfilled — and he joins me on the podcast to share his journey of approaching a traditional industry from a new angle. Drew Munro is the Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals, a Canadian food technology startup that's on a mission to make healthy food accessible 24/7 through technology. UpMeals focuses on providing customers with healthy food through customized smart vending machines that are powered by great management software. Drew has a background as a professional chef, but how did the intersection of food and technology come together for him? He shares more about his journey to starting UpMeals, and the innovative business model of the company that helps provide customization for each client while scaling up. Drew also shares insights about how he framed the value proposition of UpMeals to prospective clients and adapted its positioning in light of the pandemic. We also dig into breaking into a competitive landscape, dealing with a steep learning curve in customers, and Drew’s vision for the future of healthy food and the role technology will play in it. If you are ready to: get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities… Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com Mentioned in This Episode: IQE Assessment Drew Munro UpMeals UpMeals on Instagram Kodiak Power Cakes Online Innovation Academy
48 min 51 sec
Why do the innovation & creativity "experts" make it seem like being in "flow" or achieving "peak performance" is a magical accident that only a few ever access? Because it makes them feel special and worth their overly priced fees. But they aren't worth it and flow isn't a magical accident. In fact it's something you can activate any time you need it. In this episode I talk about how you can get into flow: that place of peak performance, all engines firing, you lose track of time. Mentioned In This Episode: IQE Assessment FocusAtWill
15 min 6 sec
There’s no denying that Amazon has changed the way we live. It’s not just about the ease and convenience of buying things on Amazon that I’m talking about — Amazon, as a company, has completely changed our perceptions about shopping online, and elevated customer expectations. That’s why it’s so important for us to understand Amazon, regardless of where you’re coming from, and Jenna Lieber is just the expert with insights about Amazon you need to hear from. Jenna Lieber is the Client Service Director at Turnkey Product Management, an all-inclusive Amazon marketing agency. She started working at Turnkey as Client Manager from its inception and has worked across different categories and brands. Today, Jenna oversees all the services offered, including full-service management, inner circle coaching, and PPC management, and she has some insights on what it takes to be successful on Amazon. One of the reasons why Amazon is so important to businesses, especially those just starting, out is the market and customer base that already exists on Amazon. It’s ripe with opportunity if you know how to tap into it. Jenna shares her insights into one of the largest search engines in the world and how the pandemic has changed people's perceptions, expectations, and relationships with Amazon and increased their reliance on it. We also dig into mistakes people make when trying to sell on Amazon, what businesses can do to stand out from the competition in a highly saturated marketplace like Amazon, and more. If you are ready to: get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities… Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com Mentioned in This Episode: Basecamp Jenna Lieber TurnKey Product Management TurnKey Product Management — Schedule Session with Amazon Experts TurnKey Product Management on Facebook
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