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Empowering Employees To Drive Growth

March 20, 2019

Perhaps the most under-utilized assets in companies today are the ideas in their employees’ heads.

Imagine a workplace where every employee feels they can do the best work of their lives. They are encouraged to autonomously develop insights as they work with customers and products. Those insights lead to ideas which they share with their fellow employees, with corporate partners, and even customers, refining and improving them along the way.

Each employee can choose which idea they are passionate about and join teams to quickly develop Minimum Viable Products for in-market experimentation. After several iterations, certain teams have customer-validated data proving their products have merit and will help drive company growth. With self-evident data in hand, each team pitches their products to senior leaders who enthusiastically bless them for formal funding.

Such a workplace is not some imaginary utopia. We’ve observed many aspects of this vision in several innovative companies that empower frontline employees. With the Intrapreneurship Empowerment Model, we are providing you with a framework to bring these best practices to your company.

In this webinar, you will take-away the understandings of the Intrapreneurship Empowerment Model:

  • Time & Freedom
  • Dedicated Innovation Team
  • Design Thinking
  • Open Collaboration
  • Experimentation
  • Align for Yes

On demand recording

Meet our panelists

Hugh Molotsi

Hugh Molotsi – In his 22 years at Intuit, Hugh was both a serial innovator and innovation leader. He helped lead the formation of numerous new businesses as a front line employee and later coached and assisted other intrapreneurs in his role as an innovation leader. Hugh has experienced the many challenges and setbacks in our efforts to cultivate a culture of innovation. He also experienced the rewards of these efforts through higher employee engagement and revenue growth. These experiences inform the prescription for developing effective grassroots innovation programs in the enterprise. In 2011 Hugh was awarded Intuit’s first Founders Innovation Award.

Jeff Zias

Jeff Zias: As Intuit’s Grassroots Innovation leader, Jeff has been able to spend years focusing on his true passion – helping other employees boldly innovate in ways that improve customer’s lives. Along with a small team of other passionate Intuit change-drivers, he’s been at the center of rolling out 10% Unstructured Time, Design Thinking, Idea Jams, Lean Experimentation, internal-incubation and ‘Customer Benefits-focus’ across the company. The cultural shift at Intuit has been large, successful, and eye-opening. The bumps, bruises and scars picked-up along the way comprise useful information he enjoys sharing with other corporate innovation enthusiasts.

Mike Watson, VP Engineering Synerzip

Mike Watson, VP Engineering at Synerzip, is a veteran engineering leader with over 15 years of experience leading software teams. Mike’s passion is in helping software product development organizations transition into strong Agile practices and cultures within. He has experience working with large and medium public companies (such as Motorola and Tangoe), as well as mid-to-late stage startups (such as 4thpass, Solbright and Quintessent). Mike has been fortunate to work with a few of the leading minds in modern agile process development.

Mike’s passion is driving and evolving software programs, teams and processes tailored to the people, technology and business goals of the organization. He has managed and lead diverse software organizations. His hands-on approach ensures the development of sensible solutions that solve real-world problems. Having a BS in Computer Science from Washington State University, he possessed the technical prowess to dig into development and troubleshooting with his teams.

Mike’s technical specialties include Kanban/Scrum, highly scalable enterprise software, SaS/Cloud compliance, Application Security, System Integration and Mobile Commerce.