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The Role of Rapport in Building Trust


  Paying attention to and nurturing the relationship at play in any exchange is important but building trust in relationships is especially critical when it comes to creating a climate that is conducive to creativity and so to innovation. Trust, like credibility, is earned and built over time. It is not something you can wish for one minute and automatically have the next. One of the most important steps to building and...

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Feedback as an opportunity for constructive dialogue


There are a lot of misconceptions about the practice of giving feedback and many people shy away from it, fearing the dialogue could become unpleasant. Giving feedback is often used as a way to make a judgement about the other person or their actions. The feedback giver may use it as a vehicle for telling the receiver how to be something else, or to do things in what they consider to be a better way. Frequently, feedback is only given...

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OWIT Lake Geneva has a focus on innovation


Maureen and Cristina have once again been busy spreading the word about the concept of Coaching for Innovation. At the invitation of The Lake Geneva (Switzerland) chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT Lake Geneva), they facilitated two interactive and lively evening workshops with a focus on innovation. Part I (held on 29th September) looked at how each of us can become an innovation catalyst by stepping...

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Coaching for Innovation features in Bilan magazine


On 2 September 2015, the Swiss bi-weekly financial magazine Bilan has published the article “L’innovation est à la portée de tous” (Innovation is for everyone) written by Annick Noirfalisse and based on an interview with Cristina and Maureen as co-authors of Coaching for Innovation. The article highlights the four steps anyone can take to foster innovation: Demystify innovation for yourself and others. Become aware of the fact that...

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Why it can be hard to do things differently


In Chapter 9 of Coaching for Innovation we encourage you to try doing things differently. Doing simple, everyday tasks in a different way or varying your normal routine is an excellent way to train the brain to be more creative as it  builds new neurological connections and pathways.   I just came across this really interesting and well-produced video which demonstrates why it can sometimes be so difficult to challenge ourselves in...

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The difference between invention and innovation


At the end of a workshop on innovation which I recently facilitated with my co-author Maureen, I was asked about the difference between invention and innovation. I answered to the best of my knowledge by expressing what I know and think on the subject. Willing to investigate the matter further, I later searched the web to find out if there was a common understanding on these two terms. Well, I found out there is not. As a matter of...

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Unleash the innovator inside


Have you ever wondered how to tap into your creative potential and unleash the innovator inside? On Thursday 23rd April, Maureen and Cristina co-facilitated an interactive session for the BPW Lake Geneva Club. Focusing on the key behaviors and skills that innovators have in common, the aim was to provide valuable insights into how everyone can become more innovative. Overcoming the barriers to being innovative is crucial to being...

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Five stars for Coaching for Innovation


“Professional Manager” is the journal of the Chartered Management Institute (circulation 60,000). Citing the fact that few books combine coaching in businesses with the topic of stimulating innovation, the recently published review awards Coaching for Innovation five stars! The reviewer comments on the fact that the book will help the reader “develop a mindset to spark their creative thinking ability” and that...

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Foster a culture of innovation


We like to be creative about how we communicate with you  – take a few moments to watch our slide show with some food for thought about how you can foster a culture of innovation. If you behave like an innovator, you WILL become a catalyst for bigger thinking in yourself and others.   http://www.coachingforinnovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Coaching-for-Innovation-SD-480p.m4v You will also find this slideshow on...

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Management Book of the Year


The competition is organised by the Chartered Management Institute in association with the British Library and is sponsored by Henley Business School.  The aim is to identify a book that has the potential to transform the effectiveness of working managers or equip students for future management roles. Now in its fifth year, the competition was launched in 2010. Hundreds of books are entered annually in each of the five categories....

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Food for thought


A casual Sunday morning read of Vanity Fair has lead me to discover that a new book “The Innovators” has just been published by Walter Isaacson, who previously wrote a biography of Steve Jobs. Reading the early reviews, it could well be that this book will become an indispensable guide to the digital revolution and the dawn of the age of computing. The article in Vanity Fair makes some great points that support very nicely all of the...

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TEDx at CERN: innovation in action


There was a superb TEDx event this week at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva. Attendance was free – thanks to excellent support from Rolex. The topic was “Forward : charting the future with science” and the big questions being asked were around “What are the big ideas in science that will help us address tomorrow’s major global challenges?”. Now, I am not a scientist...

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Do you really need to be in trouble to want to change?


In a recent report published by Forbes on “Transformational Change”, the question if you can really drive transformation without the catalyst of facing a crisis is raised. A successful business transformation is defined as more than simply adapting to change: “it means rewriting business models or even reshaping your own industry”. This is what the hardware maker Apple did when you consider the role it played...

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The official book launch


On June 12th, we officially launched Coaching for Innovation in Switzerland (the country where both Maureen and Cristina live) with an event to celebrate the book, the concept, the website and of course, to thank those who had supported us throughout the writing and publication process. We were joined by many of our Test Pilots and endorsers – as well as friends, colleagues and our families – for a lovely evening on the...

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