How do you create an environment for innovation?

The Saturday morning session at The Summit last year was the strongest single session of any event I’ve ever attended. (And I’ve been a part of a few events) I remember leaning over to Marko and saying… “I’ve paid way more money to attend events that weren’t nearly this good.” It was that good.

Ben Chestnut’s talk is so important for leaders. He’s not just talking about this stuff out of an ethereal or academic perspective, he’s  talking about it as the CEO of one of tech’s most healthy, creative, and on constantly innovative companies: MailChimp.

He dives into one of leaderships most challenging questions: How do I foster an environment that is insanely creative, moves faster than the marketplace, and sustainable so it doesn’t burn people out or run out of cash.

Questions from Ben’s Talk

  1. What’s the impact of not creating “things” in your work? (Non-profit, for-profit, etc.)
  2. One of Ben’s core learnings was that he can control time people get on a project. How would that translate to your context?
  3. Do you think your role as a leader is primarily connecting things?
  4. What in this talk  doesn’t correlate at all to your context?

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their three children.

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