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Shannon Lucas, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Catalyst Constellations, has over twenty years’ experience working with startups, launching her own ventures, and driving innovation into the world’s largest companies. She is a passionate thought leader about creating sustainable organizations in every sense of the word; for people, planet and profit. In her previous roles, as EVP of Emerging Business at Ericsson, Senior Innovation Architect at Cisco’s Hyperinnovation Living Lab and Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise, Shannon empowered Fortune 500 businesses to stay agile, competitive and sustainable through the adoption of new technologies and organizational structures.
You need to identify your Catalysts before crises and connect them to each other so they can create change, quickly.
To truly innovate and tap into your company's full creative potential, you need a diverse workforce with equal access to opportunities. Innovation in business is powered by unique perspectives and new ideas. At the forefront of innovation is diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Having diverse perspectives from teammates who come from different backgrounds ensures that your team approaches a problem from multiple angles and this can lead to faster resolutions. Diverse teams also adapt to changes more easily, reach more potential customers and offer the opportunity for ground-breaking change. As leaders in their industries, the members of Fast Company Executive Board understand the importance of innovating and the role diversity, equity and inclusion play in achieving it. Below, 15 of them shared the most impactful ways that DEI fuels innovation.
With a groundswell of support for your vision—and proof that it works—you’ll be able to execute change across your company.
The leaders of even the leanest startup teams can usually find ways to cut down their work hours and find a better balance for long-term success. Entrepreneurs and their small crews understand and accept the hard work that comes with their decision to start or join a new business. Yet, a constant, long-hours hustle may not be sustainable over time. If a startup's team members regularly burn the candle at both ends, they're likely to burn out—and that spells bad news for the future of the business. While it may be a cliché, "Work smarter, not harder" may well apply here. If an entrepreneur can find ways to use time more productively, they can shorten the number of hours both they and their team members are devoting to work—which helps everyone involved sustain both their health and the health of the business for the long term. To help, the members of Fast Company Executive Board shared 16 steps entrepreneurs and their teams can take to reduce their 60-plus-hour workweeks down to 40 or less.
The key to innovation, whether in an office or working remotely, is catalysts.
The team at Catalyst Constellations has studied, taught, coached, (and led organizations as!) Catalysts. Through research, we have come to understand a different breed of “super change agents” – Catalysts. We literally wrote The Catalyst Book - "Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. The Catalyst's Guide to Working Well." Working with senior executives, we identify internal Catalysts and align on the skills they bring to support various innovation opportunities. We deliver the resources and insights necessary for organizations to empower this high-potential talent pool. We provide the training, support, and community they need to supercharge their – and the organization’s – transformational initiatives. https://www.movefastbreakshit.com/