In the fourth of our series of five podcasts with Karen Whitaker, Vice President at Grin + Beam, Lois Sonstegard asks about her experience in creating an environment that encourages innovation. In an organization that wants to be innovative, employees need to feel engaged and comfortable contributing their ideas.
The best employees want to feel as if they’re part of the overall plan. Karen explains how, during her career, she has been successful at creating “safe zones” that promote employee engagement and, as a result, innovation.
So if you want to know:
- How “stay interviews” can help you get a pulse on your team
- What millennials can teach you about employee engagement
- Why it’s important to make critical information accessible to employees
- The most effective way to implement Managed Business Objectives
About Karen Whitaker
As Vice President of Business Development for Grin + Beam, Karen is responsible for leading business and relationship strategies enterprise-wide for this company that offers an innovative approach to oral health.
During her 15-year career in clinical care, Karen has proven to be a true “connector” in the healthcare community. She has worked with public and privately owned companies, start-up ventures and merging entities to help these organizations develop a competitive advantage through strategic positioning, planning and patient education practices.
From corporate settings to the operating room, Karen has had hands-on experience in sales, marketing and clinical education. Her gift for forging relationships is a result of her professional values: accountability, compassion, honesty and reliability. She is a champion for women in the workplace, and her reputation for fairness and equality has never wavered.
About Lois Sonstegard, PhD
Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy. Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy? Is there a “best” approach? Is there a process or steps one should follow?
Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching: https://build2morrow.com/
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