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NEW members learn to disrupt the status quo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Network 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.

"Women 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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"Disruptors 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 advised.

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.”

Organizations 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.

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