Episode #17: Melanie Parrish’s Favorite Mistake Responding to a Request for Proposal and “The Experimental Leader”

Episode #17: Melanie Parrish’s Favorite Mistake Responding to a Request for Proposal and “The Experimental Leader”

My guest for Episode #17 is Melanie Parrish. She is an author, speaker, podcast host, founder of Experimental Leader Academy, and Master Certified Coach. She is the author of The Experimental Leader book and an expert in problem solving, constraints management, operations, strategic hiring, and brand development, Melanie has consulted and coached organizations ranging from a Fortune 50 company to IT start-ups.

In today's episode, Melanie shares her “favorite mistake” about the contracting process with a client. Why was she “naive” about this process? We also discuss what it means to be an “experimental leader” and a “new kind of boss.” How can we cultivate a culture of innovators? What should we do when some experiments seem like “mistakes”? 

You can get a free promo copy of her book by going to book.experimentalleader.com and using promo code podcast100.

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"Well, I think my advice would be don't write an RFP unless you've helped create the RFP."

"[You think you know] the answer? You're probably just wrong. You probably don't know the answer. You know, it might be a mistake. I mean, you might luck into the answer, but you don't know the answer until you try it."

"It's really important that the experiments be safe to fail, which means I always want experiments to be either 24 hours or seven days. If it takes you longer than that, you haven't prototyped well enough."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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