Are you a “COCO?

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 5.50.36 PMI’m working with CLEAR™ VIEW to help bring together COCOs from across multiple companies, industries, functional disciplines, geographies, and organizational levels for a three day in-residence session this summer.

What is a “COCO”?  I’m glad you asked! COCO is an acronym for Chief Organizational Capability Officers (COCOs), who are tasked with driving business performance through organizational capability.

COCOs are responsible for making organizations more agile, innovative, resilient, and capable, by drawing from general management, change leadership, human capital, innovation, strategy, branding and marketing, and other areas of expertise.
Until now, COCOs have few places they can turn to share ideas, information, issues, and innovations with like-minded peers who often represent different functional disciplines and may hold a wide range of job titles.

Our conference is CLEAR™ VIEW: Driving Business Performance through Organizational Capability, June 21-24, 2016, Lansdowne Conference Center and Resort, Leesburg, Virginia.
I’ll be joining esteemed colleagues for this one-of-a-kind event, and speaking on: Creating an Innovation Culture to Refresh Organizational Capability.

This gathering is specifically designed to capitalize on diverse perspectives, challenges, and lessons learned that can only be addressed through cross-organizational peer discussions.

Pre-work includes a Personal Leadership Profile, an individual assessment to determine personal and organizational readiness for change, a case study, and select readings. Team coaching is embedded in the in-residence work to support team assignments and peer interactions, and post-program learning may be extended through an organizational assessment as well as team and individual coaching opportunities with CLEAR™ Institute coaches.

Click here for schedule, program outline, costs and registration.

Innovation: War Between “DoIts” and “ShouldWes”

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Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder of Idea Champions, is thrilled to announce that he will be co-facilitating a series of 5-day Hero's Journey Retreats in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico with Dr. Beverly Butler, Founder of LifePath Retreats. The first session is scheduled for the week of August 15th. The second is scheduled for the week of November 7th. More info will be posted on both our websites in the next few weeks. Want to know more? Contact mitch@ideachampions.com or docbeverly@aol.com

The Innovation Burnout Syndrome

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Most newly launched corporate innovation initiatives have a dark side, a not-much-talked-about shadow side -- the metaphorical alcoholic-father-in-the-basement side. And it is this... fascinating new projects are conceived, senior leaders get pumped, game plans are drawn up, but no one gives the "worker bees" any more time to devote to the newly launched projects. They are, in effect, expected to shoehorn their new efforts into their already overloaded schedules.

Bottom line, aspiring innovators' "day jobs" end up colliding with newly launched innovation initiatives and mayhem ensues. People either burn out, get cranky, triangulate to third parties, spend way too much time explaining the newly launched innovation project to their "day job" managers, or else go into martyrdom-mode -- all behaviors that do not bode well for the individual, the company, or its customers. And while every company DOES have a few superstar self-starters who dive in with both feet and a heigh ho silver, this is not a formula for sustainable innovation.

The solution? Either redistribute workloads, offer "innovation project sabbaticals", or provide your front line innovators with enough support services to unclutter their minds, ease their way forward, and allow them the time to focus on the innovation job at hand without frying.

If you don't, expect nothing but a whole lot of chaos, broken promises, unfulfilled expectations, and the kind of innovation backlash you wish you hadn't unleashed.

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CLEAR™ VIEW: Driving Business Performance through Organizational Capability

Business and organizational transformation are among the most urgent needs facing today’s leaders, as they prepare to address future trends and challenges. Responsibility for making organizations more agile, innovative, resilient, and “capable” is increasingly becoming a multi-disciplinary leadership role.
With that in mind, CLEAR(TM) Institute is offering the inaugural CLEAR(TM)VIEW program, providing a 360 learning environment.  Led by Ian Ziskin, I’ll be among the thought leaders featured, including John Boudreau, Al Vicere, Rob Cross, and Bill Schiemann, as well as  group coaching sessions to maximize learning from peers, this program will enhance your ability to deal with transformations ahead!
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When

Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT -to- Friday June 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT
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Where

Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176


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Contact

Talisa Ernstmann
CLEAR Institute
703-707-9338
talisa@ernstmann.com

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life?

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life? - Innovation ExcellenceAre we always being extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does? The constant threat of both those ‘known to us’ and those ‘unknown competitors’ who can simply raise money based on a disruptive concept, provide a different business model and, then attack tomorrow, leaves us with not a comfortable feeling does it? Continue reading

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life?

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life? - Innovation ExcellenceAre we always being extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does? The constant threat of both those ‘known to us’ and those ‘unknown competitors’ who can simply raise money based on a disruptive concept, provide a different business model and, then attack tomorrow, leaves us with not a comfortable feeling does it? Continue reading