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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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Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

New York

Lena Triantogiannis co-leads Egon Zehnder’s partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership as well as its global Accelerated Integration practice. Read more

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. Read more

Greig Schneider

Greig Schneider

Boston

Greig Schneider, based in Boston, leads the firm’s Leadership Advisory practice. He was Egon Zehnder’s U. S. Managing Partner from 2010 to 2016 and… Read more

Jennifer Pack McDill

Jennifer Pack McDill

Chicago

Jennifer Pack McDill, based in Chicago, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice. She is a trusted advisor to clients… Read more

Michael Portland

Michael Portland

Chicago

Michael Portland is a member of Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices and has deep expertise in CEO and C-suite succession, executive… Read more

Ricardo Sunderland

Ricardo Sunderland

San Francisco

Ricardo Sunderland, based in San Francisco… Read more

Julia Nenke

Julia Nenke

San Francisco

Based in San Francisco, Julia Nenke leads the firms Leadership Advisory Practice for North America. As a leadership and transformation specialist… Read more

Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

Valerie Spriet, based in Toronto, is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Global Leadership Advisory practice with deep experience in Assessment and Development… Read more

Alain Serhan

Alain Serhan

Montreal, New York, Toronto

Alain plays a key role in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Technology & Communications practices and coleads the firm’s global Digital Health… Read more

Sophie Hanson

Sophie Hanson

London

Based in London, Sophie Hanson has deep experience in CEO succession, C-suite and Board succession projects. Her focus is on the consumer sector with… Read more

Laurent de Meeûs

Laurent de Meeûs

London

Laurent de Meeûs is a trusted advisor to banks, insurance, and asset management companies. Based in London… Read more

Fiona Packman

Fiona Packman

London

Based in London, Fiona Packman leads Egon Zehnder’s Professional Services Practice there. Read more

Andrew Roscoe

Andrew Roscoe

London

Andrew Roscoe, based in London, is a member of The Board of Egon Zehnder and is currently overseeing the firm’s Greater China business. Read more

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… Read more

Toby Gibbs

Toby Gibbs

London

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

James Martin

James Martin

London

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


Thought Leadership | Culture of Innovation

Keep Your Innovation Muscle Pumping in a Crisis

Keep Your Innovation Muscle Pumping in a Crisis

How COVID-19 should – and shouldn’t – impact the innovation agenda. Read more

Leading Innovation Is Completely Different From Leading Change

Leading Innovation Is Completely Different From Leading Change

Consumer companies often make the mistake of equating leading innovation with leading change. In a WWD article, Minh-Ha Nguyen explains the differences between the… Read more

Women’s Wear Daily – Leading Innovation Is Completely Different From Leading Change

Women’s Wear Daily – Leading Innovation Is Completely Different From Leading Change

Consumer companies know all too well that the winner of the innovation race will land the next generation of customers. Yet one blind spot… Read more

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