Karen Hayward

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Karen Hayward is a Managing Partner and CMO of Chief Outsiders. Karen is a results-oriented marketing, sales and operations executive with a proven track record for building and executing strategic programs that accelerate revenue. Karen’s industry marketing awards include a DemandGen Top 10 Award for "Using Sales and Marketing Automation to Fuel Corporate Growth" (2008 - CenterBeam) and a Stevie Finalist recognition for "Best Marketing Department" from the American Business Awards. In 2004, Karen was named a “Selling All-Star” by Selling (a monthly publication of Institutional Investor. She has also been a featured speaker at Interop 2007, On24 Webcast on Lead Farming, and a guest lecturer at USC East Bay. In 2010, Karen was recognized by CRN as one of the "Power 100: The Most Powerful Women of the Channel" for driving top-line revenue growth and revving up CenterBeam's social media program. Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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What Does it Take to Innovate? Part 5: Choosing a Development Methodology and Testing, the Second and Third Phase Gates

What Does it Take to Innovate? Part 5: Choosing a Development Methodology and Testing, the Second and Third Phase Gates

Fri, Oct 1, 2021 | Posted by The Chief Outsider

Why innovate? Your business depends on it.

By Angus Robertson, Ahmet Abaci and Beth Somplatsky-Martori

In the first blogs in this series, we talked about how to get started with innovation and ideation, and building a business case – essential components in what we are calling the “Stage Gate Lite” approach to fostering and accelerating new product and service ideas within your organization.

Now it’s time to talk about what happens when the rubber hits the road. And trust us – this can be a very messy part of the process. We are reminded of a quote from that famous innovation guru, Mike Tyson, who once said that “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” At this point, though you may have some glancing blows aimed in your direction, we hope in this blog to give you some processes on how to handle this turmoil and maintain your course.

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