The Fourth of July is the perfect time to create your own Declaration of Innovation.
Raphael Louis Vitón
Raphael Louis Vitón is an operator, a writer, a professor and a ringleader.
Raff calls himself a Ringleader because he loves to solve problems and empower curiosity through the use of disciplined process, prioritized strategy, and orchestrated serendipity. This passion for a repeatable creative problem-solving engine, led him to join Maddock Douglas a number of years ago as the President, COO, and part owner. Maddock Douglas has become an internationally recognized innovation agency that helps leading corporations invent and launch new products, services and business models. It is the perfect place for Idea Monkeys and the (Ring) Leaders who keep them on track. Separating the essential from the important, is at the heart of the innovation process and a consistent theme for Raff. It is tangible in his featured innovation column for Bloomberg Businessweek and in his book, co-authored with Mike Maddock: "Free the Idea Monkey - to focus on what matters most!" The book (and their role in the company) highlights the essential yin-yang role that mindset & process both play in successful innovation outcomes.
As an international personality of Business Innovation, Raff has held international corporate strategic planning roles and is currently an adjunct professor for the 2-yr Masters Program in Business Innovation at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico (previously he was a guest lecturer for the Graduate Program of the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies).
Raff is an active Board Member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., where he continues to learn about aligning the combined effort of stakeholder communities to innovate and expand the total pool of economic and social value. This ongoing commitment to be an ever more conscious leader, combined with his years of management consulting (specializing in process re-engineering) have helped shape Maddock Douglas' appreciation for an effective world class innovation roadmap + its enlightened culture of innovation that efficiently focuses on thinking big, dreaming big and making big things happen.
Yes, we know, few people understand your brilliance. But what you need to understand is that even as you read this, your name is probably being added to a file full of people who may be causing more trouble than they are worth.
Where there is innovation, there is a warrior; there is an army of one. There has to be, because without such a person nothing meaningful gets done.
Whether you are a happy or unhappy worker, a good or bad manager, an enlightened or naïve leader, you deserve the team you get. Said differently, we all play a role in what our teams and companies become.
Our interest is purely centered on working with teams that know how to support one another as they go about creating and launching industry-changing ideas. To achieve this kind of success, hire the following three types of people:
If you want to grow the firm, you need a different strategy. Enter the Idea Monkey.
Show of hands: How many of you out there in Innovationland have gotten the “what took you so long?” question from your staff when you finally said goodbye to a teammate who was seemingly always part of problems instead of solutions?
A committed (Ring)leader implicitly asks the same question in every meeting: “How does this help us get to our vision?” That’s what happens after you make a sincere declaration—if you are serious.