Episode 46: Leading In The Fog: When Innovation Demands More Than Expertise with Robyn Bolton

In this week’s episode, host Jimmy Burroughes is joined by the founder of MileZero consultancy, Robyn Bolton. They explore the intricacies of innovation and leadership. Robyn shares her expertise in helping leaders navigate the complexities of innovation to drive growth and revenue confidently. She highlights the importance of challenging conventional instincts when it comes to innovation and suggests that doing the opposite can lead to remarkable outcomes.


Robyn founded MileZero to combine the best theories and frameworks in the world with a relentlessly practical and collaborative approach so that my clients will quickly realize the potential of their businesses, get real results, and build the capabilities and confidence to continue innovating. Robyn's journey in the world of innovation spans beyond Mile Zero, encompassing roles at renowned companies like Procter & Gamble, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Innosight (Clayton Christensen’s innovation and strategy consulting firm).


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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynmbolton/

Website: https://www.milezero.io/


Episode Highlights:

(0:00) Intro

(1:00) Who is Robyn and diving deper into her expertise in innovation

(4:14) Defining innovation as something new that creates value

(7:38) The leadership paradox in innovation and the challenges leaders face

(17:31) Overview of the Cynefin framework for understanding different contexts

(26:14) The dangers of leading in a chaotic style and the importance of avoiding crisis mode

(29:58) Robyn discusses the importance of innovation and challenges faced by leaders

(30:29) Sources for staying updated on innovation, including LinkedIn and Innovation Leader

(31:33) Robyn's key takeaway: Embrace counterintuitive instincts in innovation

(32:17) Outro


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