Author Archives: Michael Graber

The Two Must-Have Keys to Innovation

Hello friends, It’s that time of year again: new year’s resolutions, hot cocoa, and a frantic pressure to put together a plan to somehow be innovative as the calendar starts anew. Let’s pause on the panic and look closer at innovation. It takes two factors to make innovation real at an organization: 1. Concepts 2. Culture Work on both at the ...

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Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Raj Sisodia, Part Four

Raj Sisodia is the Professor of Global Business, Babson College, Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Raj has written ten books and over 100 academic articles.   Q: How does short-term investment work with Conscious Capitalism? A: It doesn’t. Most speculators are shrewd masters. The biases toward quarterly bottom line stock price gains mean that only eight months or less ...

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Interning at an Innovation and Strategy Firm

The Southern Growth Studio has on-going internships programs with Rhodes College, CBU, the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, as well as the Temple Israel Fellowship program. This Summer my son, David Graber, also served as an intern. This is his story. This was my first summer wearing a collared shirt. More jarring, this was my first summer using phrases ...

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Conscious Innovation

Readers of this column understand how the role of business itself is morphing. Technology has met customer preference and disrupted many categories. Think of Airbnb, Lyft and Uber, as well as UberEats. Look at the unimaginable growth of Apple and Amazon. Examine, too the function of innovation as a formal discipline and the rise of Conscious Capitalism. Here is what ...

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Three Phases of Embedding Innovation

Failure is real and should be feared. Ironically, fear of failure is the most potent saboteur. This is a fact proven time and time again in the world of innovation. Many expensive and time-consuming efforts to build innovation capability and capacity inside of organizations fail for a few simple reasons. Either they import a framework completely from the outside without ...

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Strategic Planning Rights and Wrongs

Strategic planning is one of those phrases like creativity or innovation. It means something different to each person who hears it based on his or her experiential application of the concept. In the broadest strokes there are three types of strategic planning. One: What strategy? Haven’t had one in too long and we’re doing okay. For organizations that have not ...

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Demystifying the Path of B Corp Certification

From the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference, the largest gathering of Conscious Capitalists dedicated to elevating humanity through business.   Practicum: B Corp 101 Led by Kim Coupounas, B Lab   What if your company managed its impact with as much rigor as it manages its financials? Here are the areas of measurement: Governance. Workers. Community. Customers. Environment. It’s tough ...

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Conscious Business with Brian Schultz

Founder/Owner and CEO of Studio Movie Grill While working as an aid to Senator Arlen Specter Brian Shultz had a vision. Actually, he saw a movie and there he had a vision. The experience at the theater gave him an idea. This particular venue blended a theme restaurant and movie theater. They served “warm beer and roller-skate place type food.” ...

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