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Struggling to innovate? Read this… | Issue #241

Why you need to get deliberate about innovation as your company grows

Is bureaucracy starting to creep into your business? You’re most likely to notice this somewhere between 100 and 1000 staff. Up to 100, you had a flatter structure. And if someone needed to sort out an issue or iron out a problem, they could catch you in the pub on a Friday night. But now, with additional management layers put in as your business scales, it seems you’re building up some bureaucratic debt. 

The same thing applies to innovation. When companies are smaller, sharing ideas and customer feedback is easier. You can work together on new projects and product launches, pooling your expertise.  

But as your company grows, you need to get more deliberate about making this happen. The business often becomes siloed, and data or specifications aren’t shared. How often have I seen development teams writing code disconnected from the business? They don’t even know if customers will value their new initiative! 

If this sounds familiar, be warned. If you don’t get deliberate about innovation, you’ll be trapped by your bureaucracy.

E246 | From Navy to Industry 4.0: Marty Groover’s Journey to Innovation

Are you struggling to achieve successful digital transformation despite continuous training and collaboration? Find out how to unlock agile decision-making with the military-inspired command by negation technique and improve employee engagement with immersive training programs – all while boosting manufacturing efficiency through SAP systems.

Marty Groover offers a unique perspective on the future of manufacturing. Drawing from his experience as a retired Navy officer and working in the manufacturing sector at Caterpillar, he has developed a deep understanding of the importance of technology integration and employee training. Now a partner and CTO at C5MI, Marty is dedicated to helping companies adopt Industry 4.0 technologies, creating smarter systems and more efficient processes. If you are a manufacturing leader, you will undoubtedly benefit from his insights, experience, and passion for innovation.

In this episode, Marty explains how you can boost manufacturing efficiency by harnessing the power of SAP systems, and how to drive digital transformation in your workplace. Marty is an advocate for creating a culture of learning, so he discusses how you can cultivate effective leadership and change management in your manufacturing operations, and unleash agile decision-making with the military-inspired command by negation technique.

Download and listen to learn more.

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Quote of the week

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

Brené Brown

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