4 Ways to Cultivate Insight-Driven Collaboration in Your Product Organization

Four hands each holding one gear together to work

In the rapidly evolving landscape of product development, fostering an environment where collaboration is driven by customer insights is crucial for sustained success. Organizations that effectively integrate customer insights into their operational strategies tend to outperform their peers. Rutabaga’s platform facilitates this integration, enhancing team synergy and strategic alignment. Here’s how you can foster insight-driven […]

Embracing Mastery: A Year of Learning and Looking Ahead

An open dictionary with the word learning in focus

Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared a blog post reflecting on a year of striving for mastery in various aspects of running a startup. As we turn the page into a new year, I find myself looking ahead, ready to embrace the multitude of roles and challenges that lie in wait. This past […]

Why Innovation Efforts Fail

Several arrows miss the target

A recent McKinsey survey found that 94% of business leaders are unhappy with their innovation efforts. Meanwhile, research by Capgemini reports that 80-90% of innovation labs fail. Yet, the need for innovation isn’t letting up. Companies that don’t innovate are at serious risk of being disrupted. We all know iconic brands that no longer exist, […]

Day in the Life of a Founder: A Journey of Mastery and Gratitude

Dwayne King

It’s a funny title right? Every day is so radically different from the last at an early-stage startup, it’d be impossible to pin down what you do. If someone asked me, ‘What did you do today?,’ I’d have to go look at my calendar, emails, and Slack messages to reconstruct my day. A friend said […]

My Story (In Celebration of International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day)

Allison McKeever

On the 9th anniversary of International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, I want to share my “why” for co-founding Rutabaga, a transition in my career that marks my entry into entrepreneurship. In short, I was tired. I’ve been consulting or working for organizations from Fortune 500s to small and medium sized enterprises, to start-ups for over a […]

Comfort In The Discomfort

Stranger in a dark alley

Recently, a former colleague (and now a colleague again), Johnny Servin, forwarded an email he had saved that I had sent the team after a meeting. He said he still refers to it, and it’s 5 years old. I hope some of the thoughts in it may be helpful to others as well. First, some context: […]

Humility And The Beginner’s Mind

I’m a big fan of the Hidden Brain podcast. If you haven’t listened, you should. This morning, I enjoyed the episode, “Rebel With A Cause” featuring Francesca Gino from HBS, and it had so much to unpack. I’ll focus on one aspect of her work: The meaning of humility and the beginner’s mind. The first thing […]