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Culture of Innovation

How to Lead Innovation: Centering Organizations around Today’s Most Essential Quality

Effectively leading innovation starts with understanding your organization’s current ability and willingness to innovate.

All leaders, regardless of location, size of business or the industry in which they operate, must understand how to unlock the best ideas and potential of their people, or risk being left behind. Thinking through several fundamental questions can provide a framework for CEOs and boards to enable sustainable innovation across the organization:

  • How is your organization thinking about innovation? Is it something you are trying to instill in the culture?
  • How are your leaders changing their approach to adjust to the impact of an increasingly digital world?
  • Do you have leaders who are able to build teams/organizations with the agility to deal with rapid change and constant uncertainty?
  • How are leaders in your organization shifting from a cost control mindset to growth mode?

We have partnered with Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill and her company, Paradox Strategies, to help leaders, teams, and organizations establish cultures that will enable ongoing, successful innovation. 

Watch the conversation between Egon Zehnder’s Greig Schneider and Linda Hill, Harvard Business School professor and co-founder of Paradox Strategies, on how innovation unfolds in the workplace. Linda’s research from her book Collective Genius shows that innovation tends not to come from a single visionary genius, but from environments where leaders create a context that enables teams to surface, debate, refine and combine ideas - ultimately creating solutions that no single individual could have envisioned.

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Julie Chen

Julie Chen

New York

Julie Chen, based in New York, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice.

Greig Schneider

Greig Schneider

Boston

Greig Schneider, based in Boston, was Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in the U.S. from 2010 to 2016 and now serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Jennifer Pack McDill

Jennifer Pack McDill

Chicago

Jennifer Pack McDill, based in Chicago, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice.

Michael Portland

Michael Portland

Chicago

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Ricardo Sunderland

Ricardo Sunderland

San Francisco

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Julia Nenke

Julia Nenke

San Francisco

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Karena Strella

Karena Strella

San Francisco

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Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

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Alain Serhan

Alain Serhan

Montreal, New York, Toronto

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Carolina González-Alcántara

Carolina González-Alcántara

Mexico

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Sven Petersen

Sven Petersen

London

​A German-Brazilian living in London, Sven Petersen advises on leadership talent and development across sectors but spends most of his time in the…

Laurent de Meeûs

Laurent de Meeûs

London

Laurent de Meeûs is a trusted advisor to banks, insurance, and asset management companies. Based in London, he is active in the Egon Zehnder’s…

Jacqueline O'Sullivan

Jacqueline O'Sullivan

London

Jackie O’Sullivan, based in London, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s global Assessment and Development practice.

Toby Gibbs

Toby Gibbs

London

Toby Gibbs, based in London, advises international companies on talent strategy, assessment, leadership development, and board and executive search.

Andrew Roscoe

Andrew Roscoe

London

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James Martin

James Martin

London

Based in London, James Martin focuses on CEO succession, board consulting, individual leadership development, team effectiveness, and coaching,…

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