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Steven L. Blue is the CEO of Miller Ingenuity, and a nationally-recognized expert in transforming businesses into global powerhouses. He is also the author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. We delve into how to thrive in an industry that is seeing massive change, creating a culture where innovation is infused into the heart of the people, and why you should make it your goal to solve the problems you don't even know exist. Key Takeaways: [2:26] Get introduced to ‘bumper sticker values’ and learn what the current problems of Uber, Wells Fargo, and United are teaching companies about values. How does the values gap get so big between the leaders and the employees? [5:26] Innovation, creativity, and taking risks is included in most companies’ value statement, but how is it playing out in the real business world? Money, commitment, and resources must be allocated in the plan. Innovation cannot get disconnected from the rest of the organization. [9:32] Steven’s innovation space is in the heart of the factory. This is a space to teach his employees about creativity and innovation. The entire company was taught the principles of innovation. [13:00] How does one complete a values check? How often should companies do this? What risks do new hires bring to the table? [14:47] Steven shares some ideas for picking values that are right for your organization. Picking values can be a discovery process to fine tune what’s important to your customers, stakeholders and employees. Community is a very powerful value to focus on. [18:21] How is innovation described in Steven’s company? Innovation is the major plank in the last level of the seven levels of ingenuity. Innovation means creating new opportunities and solving problems that we didn’t know existed, or have just manifested. [20:28] You must have the foundation set up so that your people really care enough to innovate. Then, you have to hire enough people to free up your employees to spend 20 percent of their time innovating. [22:41] What are the risks associated with freeing employees up to innovate? Learn about Steven’s Creation Station, and the payoff that it brings to his company. [23:44] Are some values more important than others? Integrity is one of the bedrock values — that must start at the top. St