Since 2012, when Miles Finch Innovation opened its doors, we’ve championed the development of creative leadership capabilities for our C-Suite clients. In our opinion, the lack of creative leadership skills represents the biggest leadership abyss in corporate America today. It’s why nearly every CEO who says she’s committed to innovation, also confesses she’s underwhelmed with the quality of ideas in the pipeline.
To fill this critical void, Miles Finch Innovation launched a new podcast series called, The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership. We partnered with the amazing Todd Schnick of Intrepid Now to produce a nine-part series illustrating each competency of the Seven C’s framework: communication, curiosity, creativity, connecting, culture, change management and courage. Our fabulous AAA lineup of guests shared their firsthand perspective of what it really takes to lead innovation and foster a culture of creativity.
In this introductory segment, we outline our goals for the series, define key terms, discuss what creative leadership is all about, and provide an overview of each “C.” We make the case that innovation is a critical leadership task; it’s not as simple as putting managers in charge of a process.
Learn how to inspire with vision or the WIG (wildly important goal), then empower team members with great objectives. Use listening skills to foster a dialogue up and down the line in order to invite creative thinking and engagement.
“Curiosity is the quest to search for the truth.” Steve challenges us to move beyond rational thinking to search for hidden gems of insight hidden in the complicated, irrational, and messy shadows of our industries. It’s impossible to be innovative without curiosity!
Hear how an agency creative director inspires great ideas and creates the environment for innovation to take place. Learn how to promote autonomy, mastery and purpose for your employees by inviting everyone into the “creative kitchen.”
Max encourages us all to build “a bigger, collective brain” in order to connect ideas, experiences, and perspectives. We also discuss how patience is a virtue; that we can’t expect to sprint to the finish line–we need time to play and experiment.
Listen to how a F500 leader creates space for people to experiment, try new things, and to learn from failure. Tim shares key lessons: encourage passion, invite everyone to engage, and don’t expect overnight transformations.
Accepting that we don’t have all the answers helps invite change: “I don’t know, let’s go find out.” Jeff reminds us of that change is a constant evolution and that all innovation involves change of some degree. Don’t be afraid of creative tension as your organization develops new solutions.
Playing it safe is the default setting for most organizations. Learn how an ad agency executive encourages courage with his agency partners and his clients. It’s all about taking the right risk at the right time and requires a foundation of trust.
In this concluding episode, Ivy helps summarize the entire framework and offers up a ton of inspiration along the way. She reiterates that nothing new will ever come about if you don’t have courage. Listen to how this extraordinary creative leader inspires innovation and change every place she goes.
- You can read our foundational post about the Seven C’s HERE.
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- If you’d like a transcript of any of the above podcast interviews, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
More to Come in 2016!
Due to the success and interest in the series, we’re happy to announce that we’ll continue the conversation next year. Starting in January 2016, Todd and Tony will continue the podcast under a new name: The Stories of Creative Leadership. We’ll have another lineup of great guests who will discuss what it takes to lead innovation and foster a culture of creativity. We hope you’ll join us!
Miles Finch Innovation helps companies navigate the messy territory of corporate innovation. We’re strategic thinking partners who can help you get unstuck and identify creative solutions to your toughest challenges. We also love to train and speak on the subject of Creative Leadership. Email us or call us at 860-799-7505 to learn how we can help you you unlock the creative potential of your employees.