The Innovation Ecosystem: changing perspectives, one podcast at a time

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Dec 20, 2016

Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing. Today’s topics include:
● His experience and frustrations as a young inventor in the dying watch industry and the unique mindset he employed.
● Using examples from the natural world he highlights the diverse approaches to innovation, change, and creation.
● Gives constructive advice for those of us pushing for change, within ourselves, the organizations we work for, and the society we live in.

  • 02:55 - Who is Elmar?
  • 05:10 - Elmar decided to pitch the watch company he was working for an innovative idea. To his surprise, they said yes.
  • 08:05 - The point of innovation is to make the impossible, possible.
  • 10:50 - The watch company and the industry were suffering. They had let go 4,000 people in four years. No one wanted to associate themselves with Elmar and his friend.
  • 14:25 - Did Elmar succeed? How did the project end?
  • 18:45 - How did Elmar come up with the name Creaholic?
  • 20:15 - How easy is to drive innovation in an organization?
  • 27:05 - Elmar explains why he hates the ‘intrapreneur’ title.
  • 33:20 - What has Elmar changed his mind about recently?
  • 35:25 - What does Elmar do to remain creative?
  • 37:35 - What does Elmar attribute his success to in life?


Dec 13, 2016

Caroline is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioral science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. Some of the topics Mark and Caroline cover on this week’s show are:
● The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book, which is shared by the Innovation Ecosystem.
● The 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry.
● What you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day.

  • 03:25 - What’s the story behind Caroline’s book title, How to Have a Good Day?
  • 04:45 - Only 13% of people around the world really felt excited and engaged in their work.
  • 05:55 - Why are people so disengaged in the workforce?
  • 08:50 - Mark gives a quick overview of Caroline’s book.
  • 11:20 - Caroline talks about a study conducted on Gorillas, and the results of that study.
  • 14:40 - You’re much more likely to complete a goal when it’s specific, than if it’s generic.
  • 17:45 - Is the corporate world ready to embrace the kind of change Caroline is presenting in her book?
  • 21:35 - What’s the tool or mindset that has made the biggest impact on Caroline?
  • 28:05 - What is pre-mortem?
  • 30:10 - Caroline shares an example of pre-mortem at work.
  • 35:45 - Are people going to feel like telling someone else what you told them? If yes, then you have a good pitch/product/service!
  • 37:45 - What does Caroline really struggle with?
  • 41:20 - What’s Caroline currently focused on?
  • 47:15 - What does Caroline do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 48:15 - What does Caroline attribute her success to in life?


Dec 6, 2016

Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve and has spent over 15 years guiding Evalueserve to become a global research, analytics and data management solutions provider. This is the second time Marc has appeared on the podcast; you can listen to his first interview here. Marc has recently written the book titled, Mind+Machine:A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics, which Mark and Marc cover on this week’s show. Some of the other topics covered in this interview are:
● Marc’s transition from being a McKinsey partner to founding a business employing over 3,500 people.
● The winner-takes-all characteristics of the markets Marc plays in, and his strategies to go after these markets, are detailed in his new book Mind+Machine.
● The counter-intuitive benefits arising from simplification and automation.

  • 04:30 - When Marc transition from executive to entrepreneur, what did he learn the most during that journey?
  • 06:05 - How did Marc grow his business so rapidly?
  • 09:50 - A couple of months ago, Marc helped automate a key process for a lot of investment banks. Fast-forward to today, what results has Marc seen from that work?
  • 18:15 - Technology can get very complex quite quickly, but Marc is able to simplify these processes and leverage what technology is supposed to do in the first place: work efficiently and effectively.
  • 21:15 - Marc doesn’t believe he’s disrupting the industry. He believes he’s exposing new trends, which then lead to new possibilities.
  • 23:55 - When looking at the future of businesses, where does Marc see the biggest opportunities?
  • 29:00 - Why did Marc write the book Mind+Machine?
  • 33:05 - What kind of topics in Marc’s book resonate the most with readers who are fresh to the subject?
  • 40:25 - In a lot of ways, small companies have a bigger advantage when it comes to disruption.
  • 43:20 - How does Marc simplify his personal life?
  • 47:00 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
  • 48:20 - What does Marc do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 50:15 - What does Marc attibutue his success to in life?