The Innovation Mentality - Six Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo and Reinvent the Way We Work

02/13/2017 06:00AM

Value diversity and inclusion, embrace differences and create alignment, maximize potential and achieve significance...  

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These are the things organizations say they must do to innovate, attract top talent, and compete in our fast-changing, multigenerational, multicultural marketplaces. But those organizations have no idea how to do this. Their leaders claim to want innovation but they keep managing by the templates of old – templates that see people as cost centers not profit centers. The result is often dysfunctional, tension-fueled workplaces that make it difficult, if not impossible, to drive sustainable growth – organizations that have lost the trust and respect of the people in their workplaces and marketplaces. Instead of seizing opportunities, these organizations of all sizes and across all industries are solving for the wrong ones and thus widening productivity gaps, weakening the potential of our workforce, and dismantling the evolution of business growth.

What’s the way forward? Enter The Innovation Mentality: Six Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo and Reinvent the Way We Work by Glenn Llopis (Entrepreneur Press, February 14, 2017).

In The Innovation Mentality, Glenn Llopisoffers a new strategy for success, because without that strategy, change is merely substitution not evolution. He compels leaders and entire organizations embrace a new mindset – an innovation mentality mindset – for renewal, reinvention, and growth. A mindset that empowers them to evolve and stay ahead of the rapid changes in the workplace and marketplace by:

  • seeing beyond the obvious opportunities to create distinction
  • identifying and closing opportunity and performance gaps to remain relevant
  • avoiding the traps of complacency and unknowingly creating tension to thrive in a wisdom-based economy
  • maximizing the full potential of everyone in the workplace
  • driving sustainable growth through the Cultural Demographic Shift
  • discovering likeminded-ness in our differences

To achieve this The Innovation Mentality is broken into two parts. Part One lays out six strategies that require leaders to embrace diversity of thought as the competitive advantage for business evolution in the workplace and marketplace and driving growth throughout the organization:

  1. The Inspiration to See Opportunities In Everything
  2. The Flexibility to Anticipate the Unexpected
  3. The Freedom to Unleash Passionate Pursuits
  4. The Room to Live With an Entrepreneurial Spirit
  5. The Trust to Work With a Generous Purpose
  6. The Respect to Lead To Leave a Legacy

In Part Two, leaders learn to master those six strategies and operationalize them throughout their teams, departments, and organizations.And here’s the most important thing about both parts of The Innovation Mentality: They work – the content has been validated through Glenn’s work and research with Fortune 500 companies and others.  

These companies have learned that culturally diverse segments of the U.S. population (e.g., Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Islanders, and African-Americans) have reached critical mass and according to Nielsen will make up more than 50% of the U.S. population by 2050. This Cultural Demographic Shift™ is resulting in huge strategic implications for all organizations and industries. This shift is influencing discussions on how every industry should serve its populations, forcing organizations to engage them authentically and compelling the creation of strategies that enable and ensure sustainable growth. And what they have learned is that growth strategies are becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business.

But the six strategies of The Innovation Mentality are not merely about celebrating differences for the sake of compliance with things like corporate diversity mandate. The six strategies allow us to seize the opportunities America offers and evolve the way we do business. They create effective workplace cultures support high-performance through both diversity of thought and like-mindedness in approach, style, and attitude. Strong corporate cultures blend the strengths of people while celebrating their individuality and authenticity in support of an organization’s vision and mission.

To achieve this, Glenn argues, leaders and organizations must have the courage to embrace diversity of thought and see value in individuals. They need the ability to forge like-mindedness through our mosaic of differences rather than forge a melting pot of inauthentic and manufactured assimilation. Change on this scale can’t just dismiss those who are “not like us,” and ideas that are “not like ours” if companies want achieve its missions, goals and objectives. It can’t be enabled by fear of others, distrust, and uncertainty. That kind of change leads to substitution that slows progress down.

The Innovation Mentality forces leaders to see this. It demands their vulnerability and intimacy. The result is a transformational journey – an urgent call-to-action that will guide leaders and their organizations on how to immediately apply evolutionary thinking, strengthen their wisdom, achieve significance, embolden business models, and reinvent the workplace to create and sustain real competitive advantage in the marketplace. It is a paradigm shift back to what we have lost and need to regain in business and in life for the renewal, reinvention, and survival America and indeed the world needs.

Reclaim your identity by breaking free from the one-size-fits-all templates and have the wisdom and courage to help you and your business, brand, and employees evolve from the fear of change. It’s time to embrace The Innovation Mentality.

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