Letter from the Editors

  Innovation. Is there a buzzier or more overused word in business today? It’s everywhere. The word that is. It’s hard to read a Linkedin post or a business article or a company tagline and not see this word. We all know you have to have innovation so what many do is to get a…

Innovative Attendees

Kevin Brennan Angela Castelli Ross Clites Julia Edwards Amy Gwin Zach Gzchoviak Chris LeBeau Nicholas Mahrt Pat McGauley Angela Minges Jenna Murphy Susan Nichols Jennifer Oertli Mike O’Neill LeAnne Rudin Jeff Stevens Sharon Tucci Tom Townsend Sonja Shin

Sticky Business Cast

Roundtable guests drop wisdom about innovation in start-ups, corporations and cities. Amy Gwin interviews Pat McGauley, Angie Minges, & Dan Reus.  

Pat McGauley as interviewed by Jennifer Oertli

    What are the barriers to innovation? The culture. A culture that isn’t supportive crushes innovators. Senior management has to allow for a culture of failure without fear of punishment. Big companies can succeed by starting pilot or simulated programs, putting a number of boats in the water, and letting innovation become contagious within…

Angela Minges as Interviewed by W. Ross Clites

    What are the barriers to innovation? Risk Aversion (fear of failure), fractured resources, and the right mentality. This last part pertains to open mindedness and not getting fixated on the short-term, quick fix. 2. What is the one thing you’ve learned in innovation that you could pass onto others? It all comes down…

Chris LeBeau as Interviewed by Amy Gwin

    What are the barriers to innovation? People feeling inadequate, intimidated, the “I’m not creative” mindset. A lack of curiosity, you have to feel like you can ask questions. A lack of humility, ego always gets in the way. Do you want to win or do you want to be right? The market can…

Julia Edwards interviewed by Jenna Murphy

Jenn (L) Julia (R)   What are the barriers to innovation? Rules. The barrier could be the person who is trying to innovate with an inability to free their minds. Sometimes, when you’re really passionate about something, it’s hard to have clarity. You have to know when to step away. Another barrier is the unwillingness…

Mike O’Neill interviewed by Jenn Cloud

  What are the barriers to innovation? Some people just don’t like change and/or uncertainty. We need to recognize that it’s going to evolve anyway and the desire for stasis is one of the biggest limiters to people coming together to move forward. 2. What is the one thing you’ve learned in innovation that you…

Sharon Tucci as interviewed by Zach Gzchoviak

  What are the barriers to innovation? Money Implementation Fear What is the one thing you’ve learned in innovation that you could pass onto others? Have a business plan. Tell me one thing you would do in your organization that would immediately increase innovation? Adopt new technology earlier.

Tom Townsend as interviewed by Sonja Shin

  What are the barriers to innovation? -Internal politics within organizations -Pressure to keep quarterly earnings -Inability to be patient as investments grow -Rewards based on sameness vs daring. What is the one thing you’ve learned in innovation that you could pass onto others? The bigger idea the longer it takes others to acclimate The…

Nick Mahrt as Interviewed by Susan Nichols

  What are the barriers to Innovation? We have a division called “Urban Youth Sports” promoting the promise of athletic and academic achievement for youth who have a calling to achieve. Our barrier is the difficulty alerting St. Louis communities to the 65 underutilized parks and sports facilities not being used in the City —…