Beyond Optics: The True Power of Diversity to Unleash Innovation and Drive Success

  Research shows that 86 percent of companies support diversity and inclusion, understanding its value in the workplace from both an ethical perspective and a financial one. So why doesn’t the composition of our corporate leadership represent this understanding? Women hold just over 14 percent of executive roles in Fortune 500 companies, despite being 50 percent of the population.  Source: …

How to Stifle Innovation & Limit Growth

  Succeed at Innovation by Avoiding these Pitfalls No one sets out to fail at innovation, but when failure happens it often follows a familiar pattern. Innovation expert John Coyle, SVP of Culture & Innovation with Maddock Douglas, shares the warning signs.   Find more short videos from Coyle and others at www.cvdl.org/videos.

Outperform Your Competitors

  Innovation & Trust: How the Little Guy Won the Battle Against its Big Competitors Ace Hardware Corporation had its biggest sales year in decades in 2013 – a success that came through innovation and trust. David Ziegler, retired Chairman of the Board of Directors shares the journey in this short video. Hear more on Ace’s innovation and out-of-the-box thinking …

How Trust and Partnerships Make Innovation Possible

  Innovation Requires Looking Outside Your Organization Faced with the challenge of growing a key segment of their business, Ace Hardware Corporation’s leaders knew it would take some creative work. By relying on internal and external trust, as well as some out-of-the-box partnerships, the company found unexpected avenues of growth that led to their best sales year ever. David Ziegler, …

Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Company

Brain drain is a real concern for small businesses. A talented colleague’s capacity may expand faster than the business around her, making it tempting for the team member to leave for more responsibility and a bigger pay check at a larger firm. Chicago’s Tasty Catering has found a unique way to keep high capacity colleagues on the team: help them …

Olympian & Innovation Catalyst to Join Ace Hardware Global Chair at Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

Executive Event is a Partnership between Chicago Conscious Capitalism Chapter and Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership     CHICAGO:  Olympic silver medalist John Coyle, now a senior vice president with innovation agency Maddock Douglas, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at an April 4th event designed for senior leaders. Coyle will be joined by David Ziegler, Chairman of the …