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The Innovation Economy

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Discussing the factors that drive business growth, including how people, processes, platforms, and places work together. The Innovation Economy podcast is presented by The Agile Brand and features three co-hosts talking about unique aspects of business growth and innovation.

Adam Chen talks with change makers at organizations on the Intrapreneurs series.
Bonnie Habyan talks with brand leaders about leveraging workplace superpowers to drive growth on the Brand the Change series.
Greg Kihlström, host of the award-winning The Agile Brand™ podcast, talks with leaders about the role of place in the future of work.
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This is a special episode brought to you by Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia. Today we’re going to talk about Public/Private partnerships and how they are essential to the visibility of creative and cultural expression in Arlington. The uniqueness of these initiatives is key to attracting and retaining businesses of all sizes to an area, and today we’re going to talk about this with someone who is directly involved in this. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Josh Stoltzfus Deputy Director, Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division. RESOURCES The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company  
Today, we're talking about the increasing allure of the TEDx speaking circuit for professionals, entrepreneurs, and those who feel passionate about having an idea worth spreading. Despite its highly competitive environment, many aspire to present on the TEDx stage, hoping to share their stories from the iconic red dot. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Today we’re going to talk about the future of commercial office space and how partnering with economic development organizations can help businesses maintain vibrant communities that create great places for people to live and work. This is a special episode brought to you by Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Ryan Touhill, Director of Economic Development, Arlington Economic Development. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
In this episode, we’re talking about the growth trajectory of content creation and the innovation that is supporting its evolution. Brand the Change is honored to sit down with Authored Up’s Founder Ivana Todovoric, who talks about the platform’s quick evolution in supporting LinkedIn content creators. She shares her future outlook on the growth of creators and also talks about the various levels of social media influence evolving – not just influencers, but there are subcategories that are quickly developing. She also talks about = - what else – artificial intelligence and how she and her team are leveraging it to further enhance the Authored Up product. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Storytelling has become a powerful differentiator and critical tool in B2B marketing. In order to stand out in a digital world of noise, being able to connect with people is paramout. And the thing is, businesses are made up of people. The Business of Story Founder Park Howell has a very specific story framework structure he encourages businesses and companies to use for B2B marketing to stand out amongst the clutter of messaging, and he shares that framework on this Brand the Change episode. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Today we talk about the ABC's of Innovation with Robyn Bolton, Founder, MileZero. I don't mean the alphabet, what the ABC's refer to is the architecture, the behavior, and the culture of organizations that successfully drive innovation from within. Robyn is a passionate partner to business looking to take the nest step and this insightful conversation will surely touch on topics that seem familiar but are presented in a succinct and impactful way that can help to drive value creation in your organization. Resources MileZero: https://www.milezero.io/about/ The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
In this episode, we delve into the future of personal branding and the data that supports how and why one person can have more influence on trust than an entire organization. Dr. Talaya Waller is an expert on all things personal branding and she breaks down the different layers. Whether you are an influencer, a thought leader, or a subject matter expert - there are a variety of ways to position yourself and leverage your strengths, and she explains how. It doesn't matter what path you select, the one thing that is inherent in any direction is the connection that is behind the power of a product or service. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Today we’re going to talk about some of the unique challenges and opportunities in branding and marketing a location, and in particular, the considerations and implications in reaching a Business to Business audience. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Kelly Rindfusz, Communications Director at Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia. Resources Arlington Economic Development Website: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Host Adam Chen talks with TJ Carvis of Gresham Smith about the impact of the physical environment on the employee experience. Resources Arlington Economic Development Website: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
Today we’re going to talk about resiliency in the commercial real estate market and how innovative solutions matched with realistic expectations can mean good things for the industry, and for the businesses utilizing office space. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Marc McCauley, Director of Real Estate Development, Arlington Economic Development, in Arlington, Virginia. Resources Arlington Economic Development Website: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
In this episode, we are talking one of the most progressive, forward-thinking executive resume and LinkedIn branding experts out there. Sarah Johnston is the Briefcase Coach and she shares the secret sauce to standing out in our digital-firstt world. From messaging to marketing, she approaches the resume through the one proven method that cuts through the clutter. Two words. Story telling. Sarah herself has quite a story as she is approaching one million followers on LinkedIn. How in the world did she amass a million followers? She'll tell you. Don't miss this episode. Resources Briefcase Coach website: https://www.briefcasecoach.com/about/ The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
In this episode, I speak with the co-founders of Propexo (formerly Propify), a company focused on integrations between property technology solutions and the core property management software in use in the industry. The discussion highlights their journeys from working on product at Hubspot to their latest start up venture, the lessons they have learned along the way and what they endeavor to carry forward. Don't miss this insightful conversation. Resources Propexo website: https://www.propexo.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. From ideation to creation, they craft human connections through intelligent, engaging and informative content. https://www.missinglink.company
In this episode, co-host Adam Chen speaks with Joshua Secrest, a global talent thought leader and innovator who helps lead a new vision for HR software and experience through conversational AI. We discuss how to evaluate talent, how to nurture talent, and what environments people actually want to work within. Don't miss hearing the strategic and tactical insights and advice stemming from years of experience in the talent acquisition and HR tech space. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
In this conversation we dig into how to create a culture where innovation can thrive from a technology executive who also had a hand in giving our host, Adam Chen, the room to innovate within The Amenity Collective. Listen to the episode to glean advice on how to best let go and build trust in your teams to deliver the outcomes you strive for. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
In this episode I speak with Rachel Druckenmiller, founder of Unmuted and keynote speaker/corporate facilitator. Rachel's unique journey is explored as well as how she found her passion in life helping individuals unmute themselves and stop the self-silencing behavior we all experience. Rachel opines on how internal and external obstacles can be overcome in both work and life to realze our full potential. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
In the tug-of-war between innovation and leadership, agility in adapting skills is quickly emerging as the hidden ace in the quest for market dominance. Do you have what it takes to be a leader in today’s highly competitive marketplace? Do you want to know what it takes? Brand the Change had the unique opportunity to sit down with one of the world’s leading search firms to speak with Partner Greg Welch about the needed superpowers for today’s emerging leaders. Today’s top experts need to understand competitive threats, exemplify data wizardly, have a great vision and be someone others want to follow. Greg shares this and so much more. Anyone looking to get an inside edge on positioning themselves ahead of the pact, this is a must listen to episode. RESOURCES Spencer Stuart: https://www.spencerstuart.com The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
In this episode, Adam Chen interviews Shane Pahl, a consultant by trade and organizational anthropologist by training. We discuss such heady topics as defining what intraprenuership means and how we see that play out in the organizations we have both worked with. Take a listen to glean insights on how organizations can cultivate people and foster innovation from the viewpoint of a hired gun brought in from the outside. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
LinkedIn is increasingly becoming a critical tool for sales and business. Add in AI, and now it's taking it to a whole different level. Companies that promote and support employee engagement and usage, especially thriving sales organizations that leverage social selling strategies, are reaping strong rewards. Where is it headed and how should employees and companies leverage it to build strong brands and uncover new business opportunities? In this latest episode, Brand the Change is thrilled to have LinkedIn Whisperer Brynne Tillman. Brynne provides a state of the state as well as some futuristic insights on integrating AI and where this powerful platform, now closing in on a billion users, is headed for employees and companies. Resources The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
When talking about business innovation, a lot of focus is placed on large enterprises, yet according to numbers from the Small Business Administration in January of 2023 99.9% - yes, 99.9% of companies, or roughly 33.2 million businesses are considered small businesses. Today we’re going to talk about the valuable role that small businesses play, as well as how the places that small businesses are located in can help them back. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Tara Palacios, Director of BizLaunch at Arlington Economic Development, based in Arlington County, Virginia. RESOURCES The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op. SYNOPSIS The focus of economic development, as discussed in the episode, is to make a meaningful difference in someone's life and assist them in building a sustainable business. The host emphasizes that the goal is not merely to fulfill a requirement, but to genuinely impact individuals and their families. The philosophy is centered around uplifting everyone and creating opportunities for individuals to establish businesses that can support themselves and others. To achieve this, the episode suggests thinking creatively and looking beyond the challenges posed by the pandemic. The host mentions that they are actively exploring new tools and approaches to support economic development. They highlight the importance of forging partnerships with the right organizations, including unconventional ones, to foster meaningful collaborations. An example of such a partnership mentioned in the episode is with Amazon and AWS. Additionally, the episode addresses the challenges faced by small businesses within the context of economic development. The host acknowledges that small businesses often become consumed by day-to-day operations and the constant pursuit of growth. However, they emphasize the significance of staying aware of the changes happening around them, such as redevelopment and new business opportunities. Property owners may choose to redevelop their properties, which can pose challenges for existing businesses. Therefore, economic development efforts should also focus on honoring legacy businesses and finding ways to support them during property development processes. Throughout the episode, the host and guest stress the importance of thinking outside the box and collaborating with diverse organizations for economic development. They emphasize that economic development is not limited to traditional methods, but also involves exploring new tools and approaches. They underscore the need to look beyond the pandemic and identify the lessons learned that can have a lasting impact on economic development. The guest shares their philosophy of making a positive difference in people's lives and helping them build sustainable businesses. They express their motivation to uplift everyone and create opportunities for success. The host agrees and emphasizes the importance of partnering with the right organizations, including new types of organizations, to achieve these goals. One specific example of a partnership mentioned in the episode is with Amazon and AWS. The guest highlights the benefits of this partnership and how it contributes to economic growth and stability. Overall, the episode emphasizes the necessity for economic development initiatives to think innovatively, collaborate with diverse organizations, and explore innovative approaches to create lasting impact and support sustainable businesses. Arlington Economic Development offers a range of resources and tools to support the growth and success of small businesses. One of the programs they have implemented is BizLaunch, which is led by Tara Palacios. BizLaunch aims to provide assistance to small businesses and help them navigate the challenges they face. This includes offering guidance on marketing, economic development, and community engagement. In addition to providing resources, Arlington Economic Development recognizes the importance of digital communication in reaching and supporting small businesses. They have observed a digital divide between older, established businesses and new startups when it comes to adapting to online platforms. While startups were able to pivot and adapt to the digital landscape, older businesses struggled to make the transition. To address this issue, Arlington Economic Development has implemented a program called relaunch. This program aims to bridge the digital divide by providing support and resources to help legacy businesses adapt to the online world. Overall, Arlington Economic Development is committed to fostering a thriving business community in Arlington, Virginia. They acknowledge the vital role that small businesses play in the local economy and understand that supporting these businesses is crucial for the overall economic development of the community. Through programs like BizLaunch and relaunch, they provide the necessary tools and resources to help small businesses thrive and succeed in an increasingly digital world.
In this episode, co-host Adam Chen talks with Roger Thompson, former executive at FirstService Corporation and current consultant and doctoral candidate. Roger expands on the idea of design and how the structure of a meeting, of a team, and of a company can impact the effectiveness of ideation and brainstorming. Additionally, we discuss the responsibility of leaders and leadership to create a culture in which intrapreneurship can thrive and bias can be combated. RESOURCES The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.
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