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Dr. Ciela Hartanov on Being Agile and Innovative Without Creating Burnout


In this episode we talked with Dr. Ciela Hartanov and discussed the top 5 most important things that a leader needs to do to be agile and innovative without burning people out.

Dr. Ciela Hartanov is the founder and managing director of humcollective, a boutique strategy and innovation firm that helps companies, executives, and teams make sense of the forces shaping the future and prepare strategically.

Ciela was part of the founding team of The Google School for Leaders and Head of Next Practice Innovation and Strategy at Google, where she developed projects designed to shape the future of leadership and work. 

Ciela has been a featured speaker at a wide range of conferences from The House of Beautiful Business to the HR Leaders Forum in Australia. She has been quoted in Psychology Today and Forbes and is sought after for her thought leadership on the future of leadership and adaptable organizations.

Her book, Reclaiming Sensitivity, is scheduled for release in early 2023.

Join us as we discuss with Ciela to be agile and innovative without burning people out. Learn the story of how Dr. Hartanov started her journey into creating the systems Google uses to shape leaders and create innovative strategies. Hear why providing space and stability around innovation is vital if you want to generate results. Listen to Matt and Ciela discuss the difference between designed strategies and adaptive strategies and why each are equally important.

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Ciela’s Top 5

1. Chart the direction, not the destination.

“When we are talking about innovation, we need to know directionally where we are going but hold very loose to the outcome and destination that we are seeking.” – Dr. Ciela Hartanov

2. Recognize and reinforce stability.

“You can’t just be full-on all the time in uncertainty and novelty. It can be really fun, but it’s only really fun if you have some stability and certainty to come back to.” – Dr. Ciela Hartanov

3. Focus not on scale but network effect.

“When we are talking about innovation, I encourage every organization not to think about scale but to instead think about network effect. The reason for this is that good ideas will go viral, we know that from our day-to-day lives in social media.” – Dr. Ciela Hartanov

4. Reinforce a culture of awe and wonder.

“Wonder is a foundation for being able to have harder conversations.” – Dr. Ciela Hartanov

5. More experiments, less metrics.

“The reason why innovation can often lead to burnout is that you say ‘be innovative, run experiments’ but then you hold metrics over them. That is very stressful and is the opposite of creating space for innovation and learning.” – Dr. Ciela Hartanov

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