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Let The Journey Begin: Moving From Communication To Connection


The Story . . .

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you stop caring who gets credit for it.” This is one of many important quotes I heard from Annette Logan, CEO at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Last week, some of our team had the honor of kicking-off a project with this organization. It is not often in IMG_0321one’s life when passion, purpose, and business all align, but it just happened to us.

In 2007, Cure 4 the Kids started at Annette’s kitchen table. The foundation started because she got fed up as a parent as she navigated care for her son after a significant accident. As a nurse, she knew that he was consistently getting substandard care and knew that there was a better way of doing things. When she launched the foundation, she committed to helping all kids, no matter of their socio-economic backgrounds. We were in the car with her when she blurted out one of the most profound statements I have heard in a long time: “The price of poverty shouldn’t be death for a child.”

This is exactly what I meant by the alignment of passion, purpose, and business. This organization is committed to transforming the pediatric patient experience. They’ve spent the past decade defying the odds as they’ve moved from the kitchen table into serving over 40,000 children. I will share more on Cure 4 The Kids as the journey continues. If you want to follow them on social media, here’s how to connect: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

What We Learned And What You Can Learn . . .

Out of everything we learned in our two short days with Annette and her team (which was a lot), the quote that stuck with me is Annette’s take on communication issues that typically plague companies. She surmised that when people are frustrated by communication issues, they are really frustrated by a lack of connection.

Over and over, I hear executive coaches, trainers, and thought leaders share about it’s all about communication. I myself, have talked about this and have written and studied the art of communication between leaders and multi-generational workplaces. But, Annette fullsizeoutput_3c47reframed this issue for me.

How would it change the “health care” (two words) experience if we focused more on connection than communication? How can we take empathy to a whole new level by focusing on authentic connection with those around us?

What I Will Do And What You Can Do . . .

I challenge each of you to think about what it means to connect with people as you strive to communicate with them. Here is a little exercise to do on your own or with your team.

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Take five-minutes after you read this and ask yourself these three questions as you move from communication to connection. We would love to hear from you as you work on this in the future.

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#CES2018: Consumers Want Experiences with their Technology


The Story

#CES2018 has come to a close and what a week it was! With over 180,000 people, 4,500 vendors, and cutting-edge technology all around, a colleague and I walked over 50,000 steps in 3.2 million square feet of exhibits. Although we didn’t encounter any breakthrough technologies this year, we enjoyed looking for trends and discovering ways to harness current technologies for new user experiences. We also learned a lot about robots, drones, Google, and sleep.

BuddyRobots. Everywhere you turned, there seemed to be some kind of robot that promised to make your life simpler. Some had faces and personalities; others were focused on a specific function. How about Buddy? Buddy is your companion robot who connects, protects, and interacts with each member of your family. Or, if you’d prefer, you can get a robot that sings “Happy Birthday” or one that cries with you. My favorite robot had to be the FoldiMate that folds your laundry.

Drones. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a few minutes to watch the Intel Light Show over the Bellagio fountains. Each night, Intel used 250 shooting star drones to perform a choreographed routine that dazzled the spectators. It was truly an amazing experience. And, there were drones everywhere within the show, too. Though we had some fun flying the smaller drones through an obstacle course, we also learned where the industry is going in terms of utilizing drones for improved customer experience.

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Google. In 2017, CES seemed to be dominated by Alexa (Amazon), but this year it was all about Google Assistant. Google had a significant marketing investment at the show (including wrapping the monorail cars) and had major booths to show that they plan to be a major player in the virtual personal assistant space. I don’t know who is going to win this battle, but if it was anything like this year at CES, Google is on the way!

Sleep. From the technology-filled mattresses and bedrooms to mediation and biofeedback tools, it was the year of sleep aides. One of the most fascinating things we witnessed happened at the NuCalm exhibit where we saw a room filled with people relaxing in reclining chairs with headphones and eye masks while attendants walked around to check on everyone. The exhibit claimed that you would feel like you got two hours of sleep after spending just 20 minutes with them. It was like a scene out of a sci-fi movie where humans gather in sleeping rooms for technology-enhanced sleep instead of sleeping in private bedrooms.

I also have to mention the weirdest thing we encountered this year at #CES2018, which was the PsychASec booth. In this exhibit we were told of a chip that could be placed in the back of your neck to help keep all your memories in tack as you get older. The story was intriguing and frightening all at the same time.

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The good news? It wasn’t real. It turns out this display was an elaborate marketing tool for the new Netflix series, Altered Carbon, in which human consciousness can be transferred from body to body. Though it was only a hoax, the exhibit was so well done that it took us a few minutes to figure out that it was just a TV show.

What I Learned And You Can Learn

As I tell everyone I work with, you must attend the CES show at some point in your life to experience something that is hard to put into words. For me, it’s about prospective. At CES, you get immersed into a world where possibilities are endless and the future is bright. It’s inspiring to see so many companies who are focused on making the world a better, more accessible place and who don’t let challenges stop their dreaming. As we continually say in the Nason Group, innovation and disruption is a mindset and a lifestyle. Nowhere is this more evident than CES.

Over the next few weeks, I look forward to diving into the hottest trends for 2018 including consumer trends and healthcare trends and helping you connect with what’s next in bridging technology with customer experiences.

What I Did And What You Can Do

This is simple. I am going to keep saying YES! in 2018.

Recently, I was asked about the Top Innovations To Expect in 2018. Here is my response:

“This is the year of the consumer, patient, or member. If your organization is not focusing on the human part of your interaction, you are going to be left behind. Yes, technology is important and should be an extension to your product of service, but not the only thing you think about.”

Though technology can be a significant piece of the innovation process, technology is only effective when paired with the voice and needs of the consumer.

So in 2018: Yes, to innovation! Yes, to technology! Yes, to the consumer! YES! YES! YES! 


 

Consumer Experience, Culture, Design Thinking, Diversity, Empathy, Human-Centered Design, Inclusion, Innovation, Leadership, Mindset, Patient Experience, Power of Yes, Strategy

The POWER OF YES! in Claiming What You Believe


The Story

2017 was an amazing year both professionally and personally. I celebrated 20 years with my Carlaamazing wife who, if it were not for, I would be completely crazy. (Thank you, Carla, for who you are to me and for everything you do for me.) As a parenting team, we saw lots of firsts for both of our children and got to enjoy some special times together. In September, I joined North Star Receivers and met a fantastic group of guys who have changed my life for the better. I also published a book called The Power of Yes! in Innovation! If you know me, you’ll know this is a true miracle within itself. (Thank you, Steve, for all of your hard work in pushing me to get this project over the finish line.) The Nason Group experienced tremendous growth and impact, including team members coming and going.

What I Learned And What You Can Learn

Throughout all of the events of 2017, I had a little voice in my head saying, “Shawn, what do you really believe?” That voice kept BELIEVE-IN-YOURSELF-ALWAYS--1challenging me to be a better person for my wife, kids, friends, and business partners. To respond to this nagging voice, I gathered the Nason Group team towards the end of the year and asked, “What exactly do we believe?” Something magical happened next. We hacked away at the question and, many iterations later, we have a set of We Believe statements that will help us move into the future together. We even brought in our partners to help us frame the statements so that the statements speak to the essence of who we are as the Nason Group. So, here they are:

We Believe . . .

  • The best thought solutions don’t always have to be complicated.
  • Using know me, surprise me, and make it easy will reconstruct the customer experience.
  • Disruption is healthy and necessary for growth and leads to new ideas that change the world (your world).
  • Ideas that are radical enough to change lives require a space for teams to create, develop, test, and implement.
  • Engaging consumers’ stories and voices are mission critical when exploring new ideas and the ONLY way to do business well.
  • Figuring out the right questions to ask takes time and energy.
  • With the POWER OF YES! anything is possible.

Working as a team to create these statements led me to a deeper understanding of the difference between doing and being. For too long, I’ve been caught up in the doing without spending enough time working on a foundation of being. Maybe you’ve been in the same boat?

What I Did And What You Can Do

In December, I spent a retreat weekend with my group from the North Star Receivers. Throughout the weekend, we examined at our lives and challenged each other to engage some hard questions, which led to even more clarity about my beliefs. My challenge for you this week is to do the same. Take some time to claim what you BELIEVE through these questions:

  • What conversations do I need to have?
  • What relationships do I need to address, let go of, or heal?
  • What activities do need to stop doing?
  • What activities do I need to start doing?
  • What am I going to do about “me” time?
  • What support do I need and what support am I open to receiving?
  • What is my mantra and brand that I want to live out?
  • What’s the impact I want to have in the world?

Enjoy!

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Consumer Experience, Culture, Design, Design Thinking, Empathy, Healthcare, Human-Centered Design, Innovation, Patient Experience, Power of Yes, storytelling

#NoLimits at NGPX2017—The Power of Humanizing Care


The Story

Kate&ShawnImagine with me: you are a mother, a wife, and a nurse—and you have cancer. You’re on your way to yet another medical appointment, which is now a significant part of your schedule. You walk into the doctor’s office and, without looking up, the receptionist greets you by simply saying, “leukemia!” At that moment, you realize you aren’t a mother in their eyes, or a wife, or a nurse. You’re not even a human. YOU ARE NOW CANCER. This happened to a friend of mine, Kate Sims, 17 years ago. Though she is now cancer free, she gets a lump in her throat when she recounts this story. It was the moment she realized that it’s possible to feel non-human.

And then there’s my buddy, Jake French. He tells a powerful story about a strange jake french#2accident that left him as a quadriplegic in his early 20’s. In a brief moment, his dreams of working for the forestry department and spending long days exploring the outdoors were shattered. One of the first things he remembers after the accident was waking up in a hospital bed being told by the surgeon, “Jake, you will never walk again. You will never feel anything in your arms or hands, or be able to use them again.” Words that could possibly be true, but not the first words he needed to hear after his accident.

These are just two stories that affected me and my team at the Next Generation Patient Experience Conference in San Diego, CA. I had the honor of being one of the chairs of the conference this year and to be involved in several of the sessions. We met amazing people and heard powerful, transformative stories about the great things being done in hospital systems and medical practices around the world to improve the patient experience. One of the highlights for me, was giving the opening remarks for the conference, The Power of Yes! In Health Care (vs. The Power of No! In Healthcare).

What We Learned And What You Can Learn

  1. The Power of Community – As a team, we were reminded that working in this space (improving patient experience) is challenging and complicated. Though it’s a constant uphill battle, our passion was ignited for continuing to be thought leaders and disrupters. Most importantly, we were reminded that we need to humanize care more now than ever before, as evidenced in the two stories above.
  2. The “Hi Ya” Principle – Jake French taught us that, in health care, there are a few four-letter words that need to removed from everyone’s vocabulary: Can’t, Don’t, and Won’t. When you hear these words you need to use your loudest Screenshot 2017-11-30 06.50.39Hi Ya!” and kick them out, which is happening in the picture of Jake above.
  3. Keep It Simple – Our group led two roundtable sessions where we asked each participant to step into the patient’s role and share the things that mattered most to them. We gathered 100+ ideas that we will organize visually into a constant reminder of the patient’s voice in the disruption process. The truly amazing thing here is that none of the ideas were complicated or difficult. As a matter of fact, the best ideas were pretty darn simple, but these ideas have been held up by an overly-complicated health care system!

What We Will Do And What You Can Do

I have heard this said many times over the past few days: “We are all still humans.”  In the heat of the moment , however, when care is being provided, it’s too easy for the humanity to get lost.

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Here at the Nason Group, we have put a stake in the ground to make sure that we work to keep the humanity in patient care. After all, one of our core beliefs is:

Engaging consumers’ stories and voices are mission-critical when exploring new ideas and the ONLY way to do business well.

We will not waver from this! 

We will not compromise this!

We will be champions for humanizing care!

Today, we are launching a new web address (humanizingcare.health) as a reminder to us to always keep the humanity in health care.

Here is our ask of you: Take time to examine your care models, your processes, your values, and your core beliefs to make sure they are human-centered.

And then, live them out! Champion with us to make sure patient experience, member experience, and provider experience are the top priorities in your organization.

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LuLaRoe: Will You Make It Right?


The Story…

Imagine with me, you are sitting at your desk, maybe at your dining room table, possibly even on your couch. The day has come! The biggest product launch in the company’s history. You are logged in, chatting with other team members. Your nerves are building up! The time comes and you get your lottery number. Not the best number, but you have one. You will spend the next hour waiting and wondering what product will still be available and to your surprise, NONE! This happened to my wife yesterday and many of her friends as LuLaRoe was launching the new NOIR collection (all black)! Many of these consultants had done pre-sales, had planned big launches, and nothing left! Zero! Zilch! Zip! 

I will do my best to present facts and truth in this next section. Here is what I have learned:

  • There are over 80,000+ consultants and somewhere around number 3,000, all stock was gone.
  • There were no limits put on orders, so the bigger consultant shops bought thousands of pieces, while the little shops got nothing.
  • At this point, LuLaRoe has not sent any communication out to their consultants.

So, this means that only about 3% of consultants were allowed to order anything. Some of the bigger consultants placed orders that were over $100,000 dollars.

And, the C-suite silent!

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What We Learned And What You Can Learn…

There are several things we have learned in this process. What I am going to share is the positive, because I refuse to give LuLaRoe anymore brain power on this.

  1. We have amazing friends, customers, and partners in this business. We have all pulled together and we will be fine!
  2. As a small business owner myself, many of these consultants are small business owners. Support small businesses whenever you can!!!
  3. No matter what you do, stay true to what you stand for. Don’t waiver. Don’t be swayed. And, never allow money to be the driving factor.
  4. If you are going to have a mission statement like the one below, be ready to make it right at all times, no matter the cost.

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What We Will Do And What You Can Do…

I am always about taking the high road and giving people second chances. So we will do that; we will give LuLaRoe the chance to make it right. If you are a consumer, send messages via social media.  Let the company know how disappointed you are in this situation. If LuLaRoe is who they say they are, they will make it right.

So, I will close with this statement:

Deanne Brady, Mark Stidham, and LuLaRoe executives will you say, sorry? And, how will you make it right? 

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No, No, No! The POWER OF YES In Innovation Series – Part One


“The Power of Yes In Innovation” has become a mantra of mine over the past several years. Today, I will start a series on why this is so important not only in my life, but in everyone’s life. I will be sharing more about what it means, how it works and it’s power to transform both people (professionally and personally) and organizations.

To get us started, please take a minute and watch this video. I encourage you to engage in the call to actions after each one!

The journey to “THE POWER OF YES IN INNOVATION” is a continual learning process – every week, every day, and sometimes every minute! Here are a couple of my recommendations to get you started:

GET “NO” OUT OF YOUR VOCABULARY! This word is stifling. It brings only negativity to teams, organizations, and into personal lives. You must begin to empower the leaders and associates around you to make decisions without fear of failure and try something new!

  • CALL TO ACTION: Take a risk and say, YES! Use the technique, Yes, And It will free you, your teams and the organization to fly to higher heights than you ever imagined possible.

CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF LEARNING! Yes, we have all heard this, but do you really do it as a leader? Do you really let your associates, teams, organizations, or leaders FAIL so they can LEARN? I’ve heard many cliche sayings over the past few years such as, “Fail Fast, Fail Forward,” “Fail Fast, Fail Cheap,” “Fail Fast, Fail Often!” What does each of these saying really mean?

I don’t know! But what I do know to be true is this: When you as a leader, as an organization, provide an engaging environment for people to learn, which sometimes includes failing, you will see your teams grow, learn, and move forward!

  • CALL TO ACTION: Find a project where you have space to learn. Do something totally different than how you would do it normally. Journal your learnings! How did it make you feel? What would you do again? What would you do differently? Then move on to your next project.

We would love to hear your thoughts on how these call to actions are helping and transforming you and your teams. Please send them to us at info@nasongroup.co!

See you next week as we continue on the journey to “THE POWER OF YES IN INNOVATION!”


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My Top 3 Reflections On “How To Outrun The DoDo!”


The Story…

This past week, I had the privilege of doing one of my favorite things during the year. I joined a group of health care (yes, two words – not one) innovators from the Innovation Learning Network. We traveled to the Netherlands and spent several days in the wonderful city of Nijmegen. During our time in Nijmegen, we were hosted by the REshape Center For Innovation at Radboudumc. I met the head of the center, Lucien Engelen, a couple of years ago in Toronto at one of these same events. At the same time, I met Zayna Khayat, a true innovation sherpa and my sister from another mother.  The theme they chose this week was, “How To Outrun The DoDo!”

Now the stage is set. One hundred health care innovators from the United States, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, and many other countries, tackling systematic innovation around health care vs. healthcare (the care of the human vs. a system).

Here are my three take-aways:

Patient Included – In every sense of those words, The Netherlands has figured this out. I hear every week if not every day about patient-centered or member-centered design in this space, but we have not even tapped “patient included.”  To fully understand this, ourScreenshot 2017-10-22 16.32.46 group was introduced to Anne-Miek Vroom and the Ikone foundation. This group is a non-profit organization of humans who live and support those with chronic disorders. The organization is not an outsider in the system.  They truly co-create. They are intertwined into the health system and aim to bring better health care to all patients (I could write a whole blog on that subject, but not today.)

It’s All About The “Co!” – What does this mean? It means engaging the right people. Not just in mapping or analyzing the problem, but also in action to solve the problem. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer from the NHS shared that with the group. Very simple to say, but not simple to do.

Helen presented us with the six CO’s her team lives by:

  • Coaching
  • Co-learning
  • Collaborating
  • Co-creating
  • Co-designing
  • Connectivity

Again, a whole blog could be written about Helen’s research and the amazing work the team is going to bring this to light by creating change agents. If you want to READ more the link is included here, as well as the link to Helen’s School for Change Agents. I encourage you to register.  I will be in the school in February!

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Health Innovation School – Why, oh, WHY have we not done this yet? I asked myself that question several times throughout the week. We have so many innovators trying to disrupt the healthcare system, but we have never brought clinicians, patients, start-ups, hospitals, and insurers all together in one-room for an extended period of time to solve the RIGHT PROBLEMS! There will be more to come on this, so be on the look-out!

What I Learned And What You Can Learn…

This is pretty simple. Keep an open mind and explore the possibilities. Surround yourself with people that will push you to new limits and help you think differently. When you go to the Health Innovation School’s website, there is a great quote:

“Innovation is now a competency necessary for everyone across health and care, no matter what role or level.”

So, who are you going to surround yourself with to change the system from being healthcare to health and care?

What I Will Do And What You Can Do…

Take 15 minutes today and find one person to “hack” away with. Whether it be your personal passion or your professional passion, just do it.

This is How You Can Outrun The DoDo!”


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When The Consumer Comes In Ready for Battle


Guest Blog by Steve Junion:

The Story…

We needed a new vehicle and I had been seriously dreading the anticipated negotiation combat that always accompanied the purchase of a new car. I knew what I wanted and I had armed myself with the nuclear codes, aka consumer & market research.

After speaking with six dealerships, I was getting close to my price mark but was already battle fatigued and I had yet to set foot on a lot. Then, as I was on my way to a dealership where I was locked in a tenacious struggle on price, I decided on a whim to stop at a different dealership along the way.

I walked in ready for battle – protected with my mental body armor. The salesman, who we will call Zach, greeted me enthusiastically.  I explained I had offers on the same model they had in the lot and asked if he could get to a specific price range.

The first salvo was launched. He tried to smile but I knew it was going to hurt. He left to speak with his GM. When he came back he presented me with MY number. The battle zone in my head went silent. This clever salesman had not only assessed me and my armor within the first moments of meeting, he had listened. He knew if he met me where I stood, I could only say yes. A broad grin came across his face. That was the start of a very transformational car purchase experience.

As Zach started filling out the finance paperwork, I still felt a bit edgy. The initial battle was over, but where was the impending surge of finance upsells –  offering options I didn’t need or want?

Zach explained they did business differently. He said his GM invested in sales people to also become Finance Managers “because you never get handed off – unlike most dealerships where you might interact with up to 5 people during the sale. Here you only interact with one person through the entire process.” As he spoke, I felt my remaining armor falling away.

Zach’s GM stopped over – let’s call him Jim. I asked Jim what his primary focus was in building the business. Jim, a former marine, said thoughtfully “culture.” He went on to say, “Having the right culture means that I can do things that other dealerships won’t. If I do those things, my team and the customer wins.

The war was over and I had strong feelings of esprit de corps.

Battle Lessons: What I Learned

  1. Simplicity is important in winning the experience battle. Working only with Zach made my experience easy and we became battle buddies.
  2. If culture is the end point, leadership and mindset pave the way. Jim the GM is a leader, disruptor, and has instilled and invested in versatility on the ‘battlefield’.
  3. Jim’s culture values knowing their customer and building unit cohesion amongst his team and with the consumer.

What You and I Can Ask

  1. Is our mission clear to colleagues and consumers?
  2. How can we make it easy for our consumers/customers to say Yes! to anticipate and avoid resource wasting battles?
  3. How does our organization’s leadership example impact our culture?

When someone says they are looking for a new vehicle, I will know where to point them to an experience, not just another dealership.

Consumer Experience, Culture, Design Thinking, Empathy, Healthcare, Human-Centered Design, Innovation, Leadership, Mindset, Power of Yes

Members At The Center! – The Journey To The Consumer


The Story…

This past week was a fantastic week for the Nason Group and one of our partners, Health Partners Plans. Just over three months ago, a group of Consumer Experience Pioneers embarked on a journey to improve member communication for their organization. After six iterations and many healthy discussions of the “how might we” statement, the group moved forward with this focus: “How might we optimize, streamline and humanize communications for care managed Medicaid members with diabetes.

Let’s take a step back and look at the process this group of pioneers navigated. We created a 12-week process that is broken-up into six two-week sprints (if you would like to learn more about the sprint process, please reach out to us).

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This was the first time our partners had run a project like this within their organization, and the results were phenomenal, as you can see below:

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These pioneers worked hard to bring the four prototypes to life. This is where the story continues. We were honored to watch the team present each of these prototypes to the CEO and other key leaders within the organization – it was awesome. It was a very “proud papa” moment for me as I witnessed all of their hard work come to life. They are all ROCK STARS and it was a monumental moment for the organization. Be on the look out for the report out on their next project.

What We Learned And What You Can Learn…

Collectively, we all experienced transformational “learning” during this process. These learnings have become a pivotal part of who we, as Nason Group, will become in the future.

Many times in the consumer experience industry you will find a “know it all” attitude around the correct approach to the consumer experience. This is something we have come face to face within this journey with our partner. We, the Nason Group, arrived on the scene with our initial analysis in hand and proceeded to inform the organization of the issues with their consumer experience process – along with confidently providing them with a list of steps to take to fix this issues. As you might expect, this approach was not entirely successful.

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Throughout this journey, we learned – willingly and sometimes unwillingly – that consumer solutions are often organic. They must be allowed to evolve and transform within each unique experience. Our partners at HPP pushed us to think differently and to adjust our process to better meet the client where they stand. We listened to our consumer and we learned! 

What We Can Do And What You Can Do…

I have explained what we did and what we learned! We took time, built an open relationship with our client and most importantly, truly partnered with our client on their journey to the consumer.

So what, Shawn? The so what is what you can do:  LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!

Take the time to listen to your customers or consumers openly and honestly so that you garner an authentic understanding of their challenges, experiences, and needs. Do not approach any situation believing you know exactly what to do for your client, customer or consumer. This learning experience has been awesome for me and our group! Not always easy, but truly transformational!


 

Consumer Experience, Culture, Empathy, Human-Centered Design, Inclusion, Leadership, Mindset, Power of Yes

The Power of Yes! – 3 Mindsets that Matter


As we continue our journey discussing how critical leadership, mindset, and culture are to success in Consumer-Centered Innovation (CCI), I was reminded of how important mindset is across all aspect of our lives. Govindarajan and Srinivas (2013) discuss innovation challenges and the importance of mindset, which they define as a way to ‘think different, act different, and achieve extraordinary success’.

The Story…

Working in Philadelphia allows us to spend time at Reading Terminal – yes, the same Reading many of us know from our Monopoly playing days. Today it is known as Reading Market, a thriving city-wide block of food vendors, farmer’s market, flower stores, and one of the best donut shops EVER!

Recently I was reminded about the Power of Yes! in achieving goals and how important mindset matters in achieving success over breakfast at the Market. Eddie was a seat down from me. We started with small talk and he mentioned that he just got off his second full-time job (3rd shift). Breakfast was a treat for him as he prepared to go to his primary full-time job. I asked, ‘why two jobs?’ He said that he was working hard to save and start his next business.

During the conversation, Eddie shared his business plan, goals and actions. I left thinking to myself that Eddie was going to win. Why? Eddie exhibited the innovation mindset qualities identified by Govindarajan and Srinivas (2013) in a second HBR article. These included the ability to see and act upon opportunities, the use of ‘And’ thinking, resourcefulness, and a focus on outcomes – not activities.

What I Learned And What You Can Learn…

As I considered the definition of mindset from Govindarajan and Srinivas, as well as my experience with Eddie, I now believe there are three important types of mindsets critical to success:

  1. Learning Mindset – Eddie failed in a previous business, however, he said that he now knows better and has learned. Learning is his ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card.
  2. Results Mindset – Too often, people have the right mindset yet never seize the opportunity. Eddie leveraged a key resource (his time) and committed to working two jobs to achieve his goals. Every time Eddie passes ‘Go’, he’s collecting a lot more than $200.
  3. Get S**t Done Mindset – As people and organizations say Yes! to the Power of Innovation and commit to the right mindset, it’s amazing what gets done. Organizational barriers are torn down, people challenge the way stuff has always been done. We stop accepting ‘No’, use ‘And’ thinking to deliver results for customers. To get s**t done, you have to be like Eddie and commit to rolling the dice and making the next move.

What You And I Can Do…

Like Eddie, choose every day to have the right mindset – the mindset to learn, get s**t done, and deliver results. Life may be a game; however, mindset – what you do to think and act differently to achieve extraordinary results is a choice.