When it comes to innovation and transformation, you definitely want to tune into what Seth Kahan, author of the bestseller Getting Innovation Right has to say. We help you do just that with this episode of the Leading Learning podcast. Jeff talks with Seth about what it means to get innovation right, why so many organizations don’t, and of course, how innovation factors into the business of lifelong learning.
As a listener to the podcast, you are in for a real treat. If you are registered for the upcoming Leading Learning Symposium, this will be just a taste of an even bigger treat: Seth will be joining us there as a member of the faculty.
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[00:18] – Preview of what will be covered in this podcast with Seth Kahan, member of the faculty for the Leading Learning Symposium, founder of Association Transformation, and author of Getting Innovation Right.
[01:33] – Introduction to Seth Kahan and some background information about who he is and what he does.
[02:39] – What do you think associations need to do in order to reinvent themselves for the 21st century? Seth explains the two big areas he looks at including knowing the market and leveraging the value that they are generating for their members.
[03:53] – What’s an example of how associations can become relevant and bring knowledge and value to others parts of the global economy (beyond it’s members)? Seth shares his favorite example involving Barbara Byrd Keenan (former CEO of Institute of Food Technologists) who led an initiative called the Power of Three and became recognized globally for her work.
[05:26] – Is there something other organizations can do or a process they can follow in order to be more innovative? Seth discusses findings from his book, Getting Innovation Right. He shares the two main things he has found that distinguish a leader who gets it right from a leader who gets it wrong.
[07:49] – A discussion about how staff/board can lead innovation and embrace it within an organization. Seth explains the different circumstances that leaders are in when they innovate and the dangers of being complacent.
[09:23] – What would a transformed association sector look like 5 years out? Seth talks about the difficulty of looking 5 years ahead because of the dramatic changes that are occurring and what associations need to be thinking about in order to keep up.
[11:31] – What’s driving value in the corporate membership models and what are some examples of this? Seth discusses what he calls a generative business model and the different types of knowledge you can generate. He also explains why trade associations and professional societies have an edge and what they need to do in order to be successful.
[14:15] – What do you think about collaboration between associations and the broader business sector (regarding innovation)? Seth discusses the importance of creating a systemic approach and how beneficial it can be.
[16:25] – When you look at innovations regarding education, what are some things that you are excited about? Seth shares his belief that everything is related to education. He also discusses how the Internet and new technology will continue to have a dramatic impact on us on a global scale.
[19:45] – What are your lifelong learning habits? Seth shares that he reads and listens to a variety of text. He reveals how he surrounds himself with different sensory input in areas he wants to learn more about.
[21:19] – As an upcoming faculty member at the Leading Learning Symposium, what are you like as a facilitator? Seth shares how he likes to structure his classes and the importance of high levels of collaboration.
[23:00] – How to connect with Seth:
[24:24] – Wrap-Up
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[26:06] – Sign off