Innovation thrives within a culture that reinforces the right practices, behaviors, and mindset. The most innovative companies focus on culture across all levels of the company, from the boardroom to the individual contributor. A culture that embraces experimentation, moves quickly, and shares lessons learned can inspire high performing teams. To build a culture of innovation, companies must design reward structures, communication structures, support structures and training structures to fully empower their employees.
What are the main factors that impact an innovative culture?
- A culture based on trust instead of fear
- A strategic commitment to innovation
- Shared language for innovation across all levels of the organization
- The space and resources for all employees to engage in collaboration, creativity, and risk-taking
Cultural transformations take time and a lot of work. They do not happen overnight. At NewBoCo, we help companies create learning environments that develop and nurture true innovation leaders at all levels of the organization.
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Meet Our Team
Stacy Van Gorp,
Executive Director, McElroy Trust
Stacy Van Gorp, Ph.D. is the co-founder of See What I Mean. See What I Mean helps organizations gain clarity and accelerate progress with proven strategies and tools. Her work includes strategic planning, innovation and facilitation training, and coaching for leaders to effectively implement their strategy with stakeholders. While working across varied industries from philanthropy to user-experience, Stacy’s mission is to connect the people, resources, and ideas to change the world.
In addition to serving as See What I Mean’s leader, Stacy is also the Executive Director of the McElroy Trust, a $50 million foundation aimed at inspiring young people. In this role, she serves as an innovation scout and facilitates investment in innovative and effective ideas that help young people.
She is a native Iowan and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies. Her research focuses on the role of trust in accelerating innovation and overcoming change resistance. Stacy serves on the Boards of NewBoCo, Iowa Campus Compact, The Veridian Group, the University of Northern Iowa College of Education Advisory Board, and the University of Iowa Cystic Fibrosis Family Advisory Board.
Director of Innovation, CSM & CSPO
Mandy Webber has more than 12 years of experience in marketing, business development, and corporate innovation. She has worked at organizations ranging in size from smaller Chicago construction companies to a large global corporation, Transamerica. As an innovation enthusiast, Mandy enjoys training, facilitating, and injecting passion in all things innovation, employee engagement, customer centricity, and workplace culture.
Mandy joined NewBoCo in March 2017 and has led the launch of a corporate innovation program to support existing organizations develop a culture that fuels innovation by embracing experimentation and rapid iteration. Mandy has many innovation and agile certifications including: Edward DeBono 6 Thinking Hats, Innovation Games Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
Executive Director, CSM & CSPO
Eric has been an eager adopter of Agile since 2008. First introducing the principles to the software team at his company, Geonetric, he expanded it fully across the company in 2013 – including HR, marketing and sales teams. This change built upon the self-organizing nature of Agile teams, and eventually resulted in having no traditional management at all. The company’s 80+ employees have developed tools and methods to work both autonomously and together, resulting in a strong culture that drives continued rapid growth, higher net income, very high client satisfaction rates, and strong employee retention.
After leaving Geonetric, Eric founded NewBoCo, with the intent to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The nonprofit has built a local practice focused on adopting Agile in Iowa, but also has a strong network of the best Agile thought leaders in the world.
Eric is a Board Member at Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community.