Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

Trust Trumps Everything

A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, "Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer". Today's chapter comes from Deb Mills-Scofield, an innovator, entrepreneur and non-traditional strategist...

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The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why


I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo. To get regular reality checks, I spend time with college kids creating for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aimed at solving wicked problems. They truly challenge the status quo and it is, fortunately, invigoratingly contagious.

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The Truth About Your Network

Deborah Mills-Scofield live on disrupting your network. Deb recently challenged audiences at 2013 Business Innovation Factory's 9th annual summit (BIF9), and also at the UnleashWD Innovation Summit 2013, on one of her favorite topics: networking (and survival).

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If You Aren't Scared, You Aren't Leading


Do you find leadership daunting? Even scary? I do. Frankly, I think we should. Leading others carries a huge responsibility. It is not for the faint of heart, for those afraid of being wrong, for those who want comfort and stability, or for those who need external affirmation.

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Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business


I believe the distinction between social and non-social business is a false dichotomy. And yet, it's one we continually want to make. We talk about "social businesses" — those that are mission-led and focused on creating positive social change — and "non-social businesses" — those that focus on revenue and profit.

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Lessons in Rebellious Optimism


Innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t more risk-o-philic, they just define risk differently – not following one’s passion and purpose is a greater risk than financial or reputational security. Perhaps this is a basis for Rebellious Optimism.

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