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Welcome to Innovation+ Talks. Each week our host, Paul Heller talks at the executive level about how strategic innovation and new product development are essential for thriving in the modern marketplace. Paul is regularly joined by top executives and cross-industry thought leaders who share their unique insights and key learnings garnered from decades of experience.

Innovation + Talks Paul Heller

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Welcome to Innovation+ Talks. Each week our host, Paul Heller talks at the executive level about how strategic innovation and new product development are essential for thriving in the modern marketplace. Paul is regularly joined by top executives and cross-industry thought leaders who share their unique insights and key learnings garnered from decades of experience.

    Executing on strategy

    Executing on strategy

    Planning a strategy and executing it are two different beasts. When planning a strategy, you assume variables and prepare contingencies, while executing them means you have to make decisions on the fly. Quite frankly, many companies struggle with strategy execution. How do you avoid strategy execution woes? What are some factors to note when observing your strategy’s performance?

    In this episode, I discuss what companies should look for when executing a strategy. I explain the necessary steps involved in execution. I outline how to define your strategy and highlight what examples of KPIs to measure. I describe how the innovations department can contribute to the execution. I also detail how to get your entire organization to understand your strategy.

    "Companies struggle on the execution of strategy." - Paul Heller

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * How many times you should review your strategy

    * What innovation professionals can do to improve strategy results

    * Why too many strategies are ineffective

    * Defining your organization's strategy

    * How to measure the progress of your strategy

    * How to achieve your action plan

    * The data you should be collecting for your strategy



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

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    • 14 min
    Getting started with JTBD (jobs-to-be-done) and more with Mike Belsito

    Getting started with JTBD (jobs-to-be-done) and more with Mike Belsito

    Mike Belsito is the co-founder of Product Collective, an online hub that serves over 30,000 technology product management professionals. The community provides tools and resources—and hosts virtual and in-person meet-ups—for those in the innovation industry. Mike is also the co-host of Rocketship.FM, a podcast for product managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone in tech. They discuss various topics in the product industry, from management to funding.

    Mike joins me today to discuss why in-person meet-ups are hard to replicate virtually. He describes the services Product Collective offers and reveals what sets them apart from other online communities. He shares how the organization fared at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike also highlights the effort and preparation required to understand the market fully.

    "The more you put yourself out there to meet other product people, the better off you'll be." - Mike Belsito

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * How Mike got involved in innovation

    * Why Mike's first company sale was a failure

    * The first time Mike launched something

    * What Product Collective is

    * How their in-person conference business survived during the lockdown

    * Why people don't always go to conferences for the content

    * The best way to understand your customers

    * How they adjusted their conference format according to customers’ struggles



    Resources Mentioned:



    * Jobs To Be Done



    Connect with Mike Belsito:



    * Product Collective

    * Podcast: FM

    * Product Collective on LinkedIn

    * Mike Belsito on LinkedIn



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Innovation Talks. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 36 min
    Integrating Sustainability to Make an Impact with Hannah Keartland

    Integrating Sustainability to Make an Impact with Hannah Keartland

    Hannah Keartland is the Outsourced Chief Impact Officer at Keartland & Co., a consulting service that helps businesses utilize sustainability as their competitive advantage. She helps organizations develop an actionable roadmap, create a budget and resource plan, and identify quick wins to make sustainability part of their business identity. Hannah also finished a short course on business sustainability management at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

    Hannah joins me today to discuss how businesses can lead the charge in normalizing sustainability practices. She describes the current drive for organizations to develop sustainability programs. She explains how the plant-based industry has taken strides in creating lab-grown meat, which uses less resources. Hannah also shares her five-step sustainability approach, and the problems businesses should collectively tackle and solve.

    "We have some big socio-environmental challenges that we need to tackle, and the only way to tackle them successfully is with business." - Hannah Keartland

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * How Hannah sees her career from the viewpoint of sustainability

    * Environmental sustainability from a business perspective

    * The driving force behind the surge of sustainability in companies

    * The responsibility of businesses to not harm the environment

    * The biggest problem businesses need to tackle

    * The tipping points that will make every industry change for sustainability

    * What sustainable development goals mean to businesses

    * The problems that need to be solved for sustainability to be normalized

    * Hannah's five-step approach to sustainability



    Connect with Hannah Keartland:



    * Keartland & Co

    * Hannah Keartland on LinkedIn

    * Email: hello@keartland.co



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Innovation Talks. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

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    For additional information around new product development or corporate innovation, sign up for Sopheon’s newsletter where we share news and industry best practices monthly! The fastest way to do this is to go to sopheon.com and click here.

    • 35 min
    GTM processes and product launches with Derek Osgood

    GTM processes and product launches with Derek Osgood

    Derek Osgood is the Founder and CEO of Ignition, the first dedicated go-to-market (GTM) platform built for product marketing and product teams. Their services centralize launch plans, assets, and executions that make launches easier to manage. Derek has over a decade of experience working with the industry's biggest names, including a role as Sony’s Product Manager for the PlayStation. He specializes in GTM, segmentation, user acquisition and engagement, and digital performance marketing.

    Derek joins me today to discuss what happens during a product launch and how Ignition makes it easier for launches to succeed. He shares his experience working with Sony’s PlayStation and describes some of the biggest challenges when launching a product. He explains why some launches fail and why that can dictate the long-term success of a product. Derek also details how the internet changed the way industries advertise and launch products.

    "80% of CMOs say the launch window is make or break for the long-term success of the product." - Derek Osgood

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * The services Ignition offers to their customers

    * Derek's experience working in the gaming industry

    * Challenges associated with the launch period

    * The stakeholders involved in a launch

    * Why launch plans can sometimes fail

    * How companies prepare to guarantee success at launch

    * How the internet disrupted the way industries advertise

    * Defining "playbook" from the perspective of a launching platform

    * Derek’s most significant piece of advice

    * Why product teams don't like committing to exact dates

    * What's in the pipeline for Derek and the team



    Connect with Derek Osgood:



    * Ignition

    * Derek Osgood on LinkedIn

    * Email: derek@haveignition.com



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Innovation Talks. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 31 min
    External Innovation in the Chemical Industry with Michael Reubold

    External Innovation in the Chemical Industry with Michael Reubold

    Michael Reubold is the Publishing Manager and Editor-in-Chief of CHEManager, a business newspaper for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. CHEManager is under Wiley, a publishing company that focuses on research, education, and technology. With over 25 years of experience in publishing and editing, Michael specializes in editing articles, executing interviews, and moderating conferences focused on chemicals, polymers, and materials.

    Michael joins me today to describe CHEManager and its purpose as a newspaper in the chemical industry. He explains the fundamental problems the chemical industry needs to solve. He elaborates on the recent innovations in the industry and how businesses engage in partnerships. Michael also discusses how the industry’s reputation has improved in the last century.

    "The chemical industry has to provide the innovation to make the world sustainable and protect the environment." - Michael Reubold

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * How Michael found a career in publishing

    * The challenges Michael sees in the chemical industry

    * Recent innovations in the industry

    * Partnerships chemical companies make with universities

    * The ecosystem of chemical companies

    * How chemical companies collaborate

    * How the industry is improving communication with the public

    * Critical problems the chemical industry should solve



    Connect with Michael Reubold:



    * Wiley

    * CHEManager

    * Wiley on LinkedIn

    * CHEManager on LinkedIn

    * CHEManager on Facebook

    * CHEManager on Twitter

    * Michael Reubold on LinkedIn



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Innovation Talks. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and share your favorite episodes on social media to help us reach more listeners, like you.

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    • 37 min
    Value of Digitalization with Pieter Leijten

    Value of Digitalization with Pieter Leijten

    Pieter Leijten is the Vice President EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) at Sopheon. Pieter is in charge of representing Sopheon’s interests and spearheading its projects across these regions. He specializes in mapping and quantifying associated benefits that promote investments in various innovative solutions and initiatives. Pieter has over 30 years of experience working with companies in the logistics and systems and technology industries.

    Pieter joins me today to discuss why digitization is a must for every company, legacy, or start-up. He describes his passion for innovation, the benefits of digitization, and why he still sees value in having in-person meetings. He explains what the world was like when digitization was a buzzword and how it helped us push through the pandemic. Pieter also shares actionable advice to those who want a career in innovation.

    "Digitize or die. People are ahead of you if you don't digitize." - Pieter Leijten

    This week on Innovation Talks:



    * Pieter’s thoughts on communication over the past two years

    * What you don’t notice in virtual meetings that you would in person

    * Why Pieter pursued a career in innovation

    * What it was like when digitization was still a new concept

    * Using a myriad of innovation tools and how enterprise management benefits from them

    * How digitization is used to create a database of knowledge

    * Using digitization to solve supply chain problems

    * Why you should consistently innovate regardless of crises

    * Pieter's advice to those getting started with digitization



    Resources Mentioned:



    * ARLANXEO

    * Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution



    Connect with Pieter Leijten:



    * Pieter Leijten on LinkedIn



    This Podcast is brought to you by Sopheon

    Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Innovation Talks. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and share your favorite episodes on social media to help us reach more listeners, like you.

    For additional information around new product development or corporate innovation, sign up for Sopheon’s newsletter where we share news and industry best practices monthly! The fastest way to do this is to go to sopheon.com and click here.

    • 33 min

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