30 minutes | Jun 29, 2021

S1 Bonus Ep 0C - Gary Covert - Innovation Starts From the Heart

In this bonus episode, Gary talks about why innovation is so important and yet so challenging for most organizations, some specific techniques he uses to address this and break through silos, and the critical nature of getting employees engaged and feeling valued – along with some methods to achieve that as well.As an executive advisor, Gary Covert helps senior leaders execute strategically, develop exceptional teams, and innovate effectively. Gary’s clients work in a variety of industries, including energy, construction, technology, healthcare, senior care, restaurants, and mining. Gary’s industry experience outside of consulting includes mining, manufacturing, semiconductor, data storage, flat-panel displays, and thin-film-deposition processes. Gary is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of ASU) and earned his B.A. in Japanese from ASU.Silicon Valley based company Innovation Minds takes a crucial step in helping  solve the new challenges of the post-pandemic global workplace by launching this podcast, in which we interviews a diverse offering of business leaders from around the planet on how to use innovation to engage the workforce, as well as how to innovate engagement using technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to humanize relationships in the new distributed workplace.“Innovation is about people, not technology,” says Innovation Minds’ founder and CTO Bala Balasubramaniam.“We believe that innovation OF the workforce is as critical as innovation BY the workforce. Innovation itself offers a critical solution. Innovation can be part of the daily work of everyone in a company, and provides a key to engagement as much as, or even more than, being an end in itself. This podcast aims to help companies manage the new reality in cutting-edge ways.”Michael Lee, host of the podcast and an internationally certified creativity and innovation expert and coach, adds: “Innovation and engagement are two of the most important issues in business today, period. It has been eye-opening talking to these experts – the world has changed very fast, and it’s essential for leaders to listen to our guests – they share so much amazing practical advice that needs to be implemented right away.”  Innovation Minds is a leader in using AI-driven technology to engage employees through their philosophy of Innovation At the Edge, and decided to launch this podcast to promote the urgent need for engagement at this delicate time.Guests for our first season include corporate HR leads, world-class consultants, best-selling authors, and employee engagement and innovation experts working across a wide range of industries: Clint Pulver, Themba Chakela Jamie NotterMaddie Grant Delano Johnson Shawn Nason Luke Jamieson Coonoor Behal Jeff Tobe Niven Postma Adriana Bokel Herde Sindhu Joseph and Dickson TangYou can read more about our season one guests at our website, and sign up for reminders to make sure you never miss an episode. 
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