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The Power of Culture: Nurturing Innovation and Resilience with Annicken R Day.

November 06, 2023 Jason Birkevold Liem Season 4 Episode 19
The Power of Culture: Nurturing Innovation and Resilience with Annicken R Day.
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The Power of Culture: Nurturing Innovation and Resilience with Annicken R Day.
Nov 06, 2023 Season 4 Episode 19
Jason Birkevold Liem

In this episode, we dive into a conversation with Annicken R. Day, a prominent figure in cultural strategy and corporate transformation. Our focus is the dynamic interplay of innovation and organizational culture.

Annicken introduces herself, emphasizing her extensive background as a culture strategist. She highlights her book, "Fly Butterfly," and her self-development courses, "Happy Life, Happy Work." Central to her insights is the creation of a trusting, safe environment that fosters psychological safety and innovative thinking, all underpinned by a shared purpose.

We underscore the pivotal role of cultivating an innovative culture across organizations, dispelling the notion that innovation should be relegated to specific departments. A collective mindset that encourages continuous improvement and risk-taking emerges as a key theme for achieving collective success.

Our conversation stresses that culture is anything but a soft concept; it involves hard work, encapsulating values, mindsets, behaviors, and relationships. Leadership's responsibility is clear—to prioritize the development of a robust and authentic culture as the linchpin for achieving success.

We delve into the delicate balance between honesty and benevolence in innovation-related dialogues, advocating for an approach that fosters open expression and collaborative problem-solving.

Our discussion also underscores the importance of nurturing a feedback culture and learning from mistakes, with a strong emphasis on integrating feedback into daily operations. Leaders and project managers play a critical role in crafting an environment that fosters innovation and feedback.

Lastly, we explore the role of fear in both inhibiting and catalyzing innovation. Fear is presented as a driving force for innovation, with a distinction drawn between paralyzing fear and healthy fear that fuels exploration and growth.

In summary, this episode provides a succinct exploration of the cultivation of innovative cultures within organizations. The core themes include leadership, psychological safety, feedback, and the transformative potential of embracing fear as a catalyst for innovation. Consider these insights as you navigate and shape your organization's cultural dynamics.

Chapters

0:04:26 Exploring the Myths and Realities of Culture and Innovation
0:09:08 Balancing Conflict and the Need to "Kill Your Darlings"
0:13:31 Instilling a Culture of Innovation and Resilience
0:17:54 Leadership parallels between parenting and leading innovation cultures
0:21:45 Learning through challenges and building resilience
0:24:47 The importance of diverse thinking and avoiding groupthink
0:29:39 Creating a Culture Code for Effective Teamwork
0:33:07 Part one: Creating a Culture of Innovation
0:34:40 Cultivating Innovation: The Need for Active Effort
0:39:42 The Art of Giving Feedback: Timing and Balance
0:44:00 The importance of the innovative mindset and staying relevant
0:52:56 Culture is about collective behaviors and values
0:56:01 The challenge of middle leadership in larger companies
0:59:11 Change and innovation as essential parts of company strategy
1:02:21 Embracing fear and using it as fuel for growth
1:11:56 The Value of Reflection

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In this episode, we dive into a conversation with Annicken R. Day, a prominent figure in cultural strategy and corporate transformation. Our focus is the dynamic interplay of innovation and organizational culture.

Annicken introduces herself, emphasizing her extensive background as a culture strategist. She highlights her book, "Fly Butterfly," and her self-development courses, "Happy Life, Happy Work." Central to her insights is the creation of a trusting, safe environment that fosters psychological safety and innovative thinking, all underpinned by a shared purpose.

We underscore the pivotal role of cultivating an innovative culture across organizations, dispelling the notion that innovation should be relegated to specific departments. A collective mindset that encourages continuous improvement and risk-taking emerges as a key theme for achieving collective success.

Our conversation stresses that culture is anything but a soft concept; it involves hard work, encapsulating values, mindsets, behaviors, and relationships. Leadership's responsibility is clear—to prioritize the development of a robust and authentic culture as the linchpin for achieving success.

We delve into the delicate balance between honesty and benevolence in innovation-related dialogues, advocating for an approach that fosters open expression and collaborative problem-solving.

Our discussion also underscores the importance of nurturing a feedback culture and learning from mistakes, with a strong emphasis on integrating feedback into daily operations. Leaders and project managers play a critical role in crafting an environment that fosters innovation and feedback.

Lastly, we explore the role of fear in both inhibiting and catalyzing innovation. Fear is presented as a driving force for innovation, with a distinction drawn between paralyzing fear and healthy fear that fuels exploration and growth.

In summary, this episode provides a succinct exploration of the cultivation of innovative cultures within organizations. The core themes include leadership, psychological safety, feedback, and the transformative potential of embracing fear as a catalyst for innovation. Consider these insights as you navigate and shape your organization's cultural dynamics.

Chapters

0:04:26 Exploring the Myths and Realities of Culture and Innovation
0:09:08 Balancing Conflict and the Need to "Kill Your Darlings"
0:13:31 Instilling a Culture of Innovation and Resilience
0:17:54 Leadership parallels between parenting and leading innovation cultures
0:21:45 Learning through challenges and building resilience
0:24:47 The importance of diverse thinking and avoiding groupthink
0:29:39 Creating a Culture Code for Effective Teamwork
0:33:07 Part one: Creating a Culture of Innovation
0:34:40 Cultivating Innovation: The Need for Active Effort
0:39:42 The Art of Giving Feedback: Timing and Balance
0:44:00 The importance of the innovative mindset and staying relevant
0:52:56 Culture is about collective behaviors and values
0:56:01 The challenge of middle leadership in larger companies
0:59:11 Change and innovation as essential parts of company strategy
1:02:21 Embracing fear and using it as fuel for growth
1:11:56 The Value of Reflection

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annickenr/
Website:

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Introduction to It's an Inside Job podcast
Introducing Anakin R. Day - A Trailblazer in Cultural Strategy
Exploring the Myths and Realities of Culture and Innovation
Balancing Conflict and the Need to "Kill Your Darlings"
Instilling a Culture of Innovation and Resilience
Leadership parallels between parenting and leading innovation cultures
Learning through challenges and building resilience
The importance of diverse thinking and avoiding groupthink
Creating a Culture Code for Effective Teamwork
Part one: Creating a Culture of Innovation
Cultivating Innovation: The Need for Active Effort
The Art of Giving Feedback: Timing and Balance
The importance of the innovative mindset and staying relevant
Culture is about collective behaviors and values
The challenge of middle leadership in larger companies
Change and innovation as essential parts of company strategy
Embracing fear and using it as fuel for growth
The Value of Reflection
The Importance of Culture in Organizations