15 Takeaways: UnleashWD Innovation Summit 2014

Submitted on: Tue, 12.02.2014 02:43am - Annie Eissler |


Miss out on the UnleashWD Innovation Summit in Chicago this year?

No worries.

Get a glimpse into the two days, fifteen speakers, and hundreds of ideas, thought-provoking questions, and challenges by downloading the cool UnleashWD visual storyboards captured by Craighton Berman.

Here are 15 of my favorite storyboard takeaways:

  1. Sell results, products are just the currency. Andrew Berlin, Berlin Packaging & South Bend Cubs
  2. If you are not in the business of changing your companies' nature and form--you are falling behind. David Houle, Futurist
  3. Keep the sharks at bay by building scale economies, focusing on higher value, and/or going vertical (think B4B, not B2B!). Steve Steinhilber, Cisco
  4. Don't hire people like you; you need people who can tell you "you're wrong." Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association
  5. Create an environment where people can make decisions. Jim Liautaud, University of Illinois at Chicago
  6. Great cultures require both external and internal promoters. Dru Dalton, Real Thread
  7. Think about habits...repetition often chokes off innovation. Lynn Casey, Shinescout
  8. What is your value prop to the world? If your organization went away, what would be lost? Haley Rushing, The Purpose Institute
  9. Customer service is a profit center. Empowered employees = empowered customers. Steve Riddell, Blinds.com
  10. What if we didn't need oil? How would that change the pace of vehicle innovation? Jay Rogers, Local Motors (check out the world's first 3D printed car on their site!)
  11. What does your business say about your customers? Shama Hyder, Marketing Zen Group
  12. This is the most exciting time to be in business: speed, mobility, ubiquity, information, convergence. Dr. Bill Putsis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  13. Make "why" your full-time job. Dr. Jay Parkinson, Sherpaa
  14. Strength can blind us...disrupt yourself first. Barbara Trautlein, Change Catalysts
  15. What is your legacy? Lisa Swarbrick, MainCaptiva

Let me know if you'd like more information about this year's event...or why you should consider attending next year. You can bet, we'll be there.