27 March 2022

Season 3, Episode 7. Hybrid Work and Innovation with Rosemary Rein

Welcome to Innovation Meets Leadership! I’m your host, Natalie Born. In this episode, Rosemary Rein tackles hybrid work and how companies adapt. By effectively utilizing technology, applying positive reinforcement, and providing an avenue for collaboration, organizations can enable a better employee experience.


Rosemary is an author, consultant, and international speaker on leadership, employee engagement, and innovation. She has received the Beyonder Award for her contributions to creativity and was Vice-Chair of the Creative Problem Solving Institute. She was Head of Learning and Development for Wikipedia before moving to Ecuador, where she currently resides.



[00:34] Mapping Out the Employee Experience for Hybrid Work

  • All about Rosemary Rein
  • Organizations on hybrid work
    • The pandemic forced us to adapt to hybrid work. Not everyone was prepared.
      • How do we establish connection and collaboration?
    • Organizations that invest in employee experience are four times more profitable.
      • Mapping the employee experience
      • Using technology as tools


[06:55] Imprinting Positive Reinforcement for Ownership and Innovation

  • Five positive points to every one negative
    • Hybrid work puts in a lot of challenges, so positive reinforcement is vital.
      • Asking for ideas and suggestions
    • Hearing about your achievements and contributions makes all the difference.
  • What employees truly look for
    • It’s not about having more money or freebies, but acknowledgment.
    • Empower people to promote ownership and innovation.
    • Why innovation in an organization fails -
      • Unsustainable workflow
      • Prioritizing today instead of looking ahead
    • Employees are the key to innovation.


[13:20] The Formula to a Culture of Creativity

  • Crafting a culture of creativity
    • Create a space for making safe bets and risk-taking.
      • Executive sponsorship
      • Innovating humanization
    • It is not one department’s job to create innovation, but a collaborative effort throughout the organization.
  • Unlocking the innovation process
    • Start a year-end roadmap planning. Utilize technology for real-time data.


[19:58] Final Thoughts 

  • Reflect on the be, have, and do for yourself. Begin with your “because”.
  • Connect with Rosemary (Links Below)


Key Quotes:

“I think this [pandemic] has been a time for us to reflect on what do we really want from our own personal lives in terms of flexibility, but also, what do we want from the organizations that we are a part of.” - Rosemary Rein

“The companies that were the best places to work pre COVID are still the best places to work because they've been able to make the shift to a collaborative virtual hybrid environment.” - Rosemary Rein

“When you ask employees for their help, and their ideas and suggestions, you're complimenting that employee. So it's not just ‘great job’ pill, it's engaging them in a meaningful way.” - Rosemary Rein

“You need to make innovation as natural as breathing… You need to incorporate this into the DNA of the organization.” - Rosemary Rein

“Innovation really can't be put on the back burner. It has to happen today. And your employees are the key secret ingredient - employee experience with innovation.” - Rosemary Rein

Connect with Rosemary

Website: www.innovationminds.com and https://www.rosemaryrein.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosemary-rein-b753b356/


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