In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with award-winning author and innovation specialist Whitney Johnson.

With nearly 2 million followers on Linkedin, she is one of the most popular speakers and experts on innovation, and we speak about her new book Smart Growth: How to Grow your People to Grow your Company.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • 00:00:45 – Whitney’s journey from Wall Street to her time with Clayton Christensen, and finally to her work as a disruption advisor
  • 00:03:00 – What is growth and the S-Curve popularised by E. Rogers?
  • 00:06:00 – Why growth does not feel consistent, and why it can be so slow and frustrating at the beginning
  • 00:09:30 – How people can be in a state of Flow in their S-Curve for a long time.
  • 00:12:00 – Why it is so hard to create and innovate as you get older, and the importance of starting with small steps to form a habit
  • 00:16:30 – Your journey of moving through several S-Curves throughout your life, and sometimes multiple simultaneously
  • 00:21:00 – Using S-Curves to get the best growth performance out of teams, and entire companies as a portfolio of S-Curves
  • 00:26:00 – How to have a challenging conversation with someone else who might need to grow, but it might become uncomfortable

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