NEW members learn to disrupt the status quo
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
of Executive Women members learned to foster a workplace culture of innovation
by disrupting the status quo at the NEW Greater Philadelphia learning event,
May 7 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.
are great disruptors, because they know how to play where no one else is
playing,” Whitney Johnson, author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen
When You Dare to Dream, told 120 NEW members at the dinner event. Johnson
shared strategies for promoting and implementing disruptive ideas by
recognizing triggers and barrier to innovation.
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think about what their competitors are not doing,” Johnson explained, urging
attendees to "take the right risks” and "play to distinctive strengths” to create
a culture of innovation. Embracing constraints and battling entitlement are
also other key personal-disruption maneuvers. "Step back or sideways to grow,” she
While disruption can be uncomfortable, Johnson said "putting failure in its
place” and being discovery-driven are essential to innovation. "If it feels
lonely and scary, you are probably on the right track.”
sending large groups to the event include Altria, Bottom Dollar Food, Campbell
Soup Co., Deloitte, Giant Food Stores and Saint Joseph’s University.
The NEW Greater Philadelphia committee caught up at the region's learning event.