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Intrapreneurship Academy: The Place to Activate Your Intrapreneurs

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

To quote Richard Branson, “Innovation happens when people are given the freedom to ask questions and the resources and power to find the answers.”

For the connectivity and content industry to continue to grow and thrive we must empower our bold thinkers. People are looking for a place and a forum to ask questions and get resources so that they can return to their organizations and act as intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurship Academy at The Cable Center is that place.

Woman's Empowerment Panel 2021 at ANGACOM Moderated by Jana Henthorn

Grit. Innovation. Confidence. Resilience. These are just a few of the unique qualities these trailblazing women leaders embody. Join Jana Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center; Amy Blair, SVP and Chief People Officer, Liberty Global; Su Guaglione, Senior Marketing Director, EMEA, CommScope; Sandra Howe, Board Director, Minim; and Dr. Andrea Huber, Managing Director, ANGA, as they share their personal and professional journeys as empowered women in the broadband business. From overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities, to sharing success stories and leadership lessons, watch and learn how they made their mark in the industry — and how they continue to empower women for leadership.

Fireside Chat with Jana Henthorn, Robyn Bolton, and Dr. Pamela Meyer

You can thrive during unplanned change and unexpected opportunity. And, you can learn the skills and mindset to effectively innovate from within. Join Jana Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center; Robyn Bolton, founder, Mile Zero, Intrapreneurship Academy course designer and leader (Driving Innovation); and Dr. Pamela Meyer, agility expert and author, Intrapreneurship Academy course designer and leader (Leading With Agility) as they discuss how today’s leaders can accomplish both while driving measurable success and impact.

Driving Innovation: Investing in People and Process

Problem-solving is a valuable skill. But is it as valuable as problem-questioning in today’s work landscape? Robyn Bolton, innovation expert and designer and leader of Intrapreneurship Academy’s Driving Innovation course, unpacks the traditional workplace paradigm of “falling in love with a solution” instead of with a problem — and why a shift in mindset and approach are key to successful innovation.

Driving Innovation: Investing in People and Process

As instructor of our Intrapreneurship Academy course, Driving Innovation, Robyn Bolton is our in-house expert on all things innovation and intrapreneurship. Since 2017, Robyn has been teaching Driving Innovation participants the process of innovation, cultivating the skills and mindset needed for them to effectively innovate from within.

Driving Innovation: Investing in People and Process

The pandemic has changed many things in the world of work, and the Intrapreneurship Academy at The Cable Center, in partnership with C2HR, was interested in understanding the 2021 priorities of human resources (HR) professionals across the connectivity industry. The HR Priorities Survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2021.

Developing Agile Employees Who Can Thrive in the Age of VUCA

Instructor of the Intrapreneurship Academy course, Leading with Agility, and author of The Agility Shift, Dr. Pamela Meyer empowers leaders, teams, and organizations to adapt, innovate, and thrive during changing contexts for sustainable business impact.

Diane Christman Interviews LaShaun Solomon & Brenden Rowe

The Cable Center’s Diane Christman sat down with IA graduate LaShaun Solomon and her sponsor Brenden Rowe to discuss how our course Driving Innovation provides the strategic tools needed to actuate measurable impact in any department.

Here’s what’s next for The Cable Center and how we are activating our vision…

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The expression, “May you live in interesting times,” has never hit closer to home. These past 12 months have certainly been very interesting for us all.

Cable Center Talks Building a More Agile, Intrapreneurial Industry

The Cable Center revealed a new five-year business plan Tuesday that included an expansion of its Intrapreneurship Academy. It will now offer two courses under the Academy’s umbrella: Driving Innovation and Leading with Agility.

Mavericks Lunch and Learn: Resilience and Leadership with Mike Fries

Are entrepreneurs responsible for the majority of groundbreaking innovations? Are most innovations the result of that “light-bulb” moment? Are innovators born or made?

Diane Christman Interviews LaShaun Solomon & Brenden Rowe

Diane Christman, Cable Center SVP and Chief Programs Officer, talks with Art Bell, author of memoir Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor.

Mavericks Lunch and Learn: Resilience and Leadership with Mike Fries

Jana Henthorn, and Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries, discuss the challenges media and tech industry leaders have continued to face in the ongoing global pandemic and the importance of resilience and positive leadership in this unprecedented business paradigm.

From Plug & Pray to Plug & Play: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard and Jana Henthorn

Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard and Jana Henthorn's fireside chat during last month's virtual Cable-Tec Expo sparked our appreciation for the innovations that started it all.

SPOILER ALERT: Intrapreneurship is here to stay

Hear from intrapreneurship experts Janice Silver, Cable Center's VP of marketing and programs and the director of the Intrapreneurship Academy, and Diane Christman, Cable Center's chief programs officer and SVP of development, on how IA cultivates agility and success and why leveraging intrapreneurs within your company is more important than ever.

How to Transform Working From Home into the Best Thing to Happen to Innovation in Your Company

While the pandemic has created many challenges for companies across the industry, it has also opened the door for innovation. From a rapid shift to WFH to transitioning to a virtual hiring and onboarding process, HR continues to rise to the occasion.

How to Transform Working From Home into the Best Thing to Happen to Innovation in Your Company

The seasons may be changing but, for most, there is no end in sight for our new Work From Home (WFH) existence. The prospect of more months of working from the kitchen table, searching for a quiet spot for a Zoom call, and juggling personal and professional responsibilities on a minute-by-minute basis is frustrating and overwhelming for most. It’s also raising questions about the future of work.

In Columbia, Missouri, business is stirring and innovation is found in just as many places as Silicon Valley. Many of these startups are taking off from the Missouri Innovation Center.

In Columbia, Missouri, business is stirring and innovation is found in just as many places as Silicon Valley. Many of these startups are taking off from the Missouri Innovation Center—a nonprofit located within the University of Missouri campus that supports business ventures—and these innovators are doing everything from finding cures for cancers to producing satellite imagery for corn fertilization purposes.

How to Transform Working From Home into the Best Thing to Happen to Innovation in Your Company

Since 1948, The Cable Industry has been a force for American innovation. Below you can peruse a brief history of the industry's most innovative achievements that millions of American consumers enjoy every day.

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Artificial intelligence and machine-learning software played a huge role for Comcast when the ISP experienced its largest surge in internet traffic this past spring during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Internet traffic during the pandemic continues to plateau since it experienced its largest surge in March and April, when more people were working from home than ever before and students turned to distance learning to finish off their school year.

Now, with more people returning to work sites each month and students out of school for the summer, traffic has stabilized.

Here are strategic and organizational factors that separate successful big-company innovators from the rest.

Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field. It’s no secret: innovation is difficult for well-established companies. By and large, they are better executors than innovators, and most succeed less through game-changing creativity than by optimizing their existing businesses.

To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.

In today’s world of professional development curriculum and classes, there are countless organizations and programs that promise to advance careers and benefit companies. From university courses to virtual trainings and workshops, the endless options can at times feel overwhelming. How do you begin to assess a program’s long term value and decide which one is truly worth your investment?

To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.

To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale. Seven years ago, we unveiled research highlighting the existence of innovation’s eight “essentials”—a collection of attributes and behaviors that appeared to underpin superior innovation performance. Since then, we’ve validated the essentials through further research and seen them in action at hundreds of companies.

For even the most experienced leaders, ongoing professional development is essential.

If you’re looking to develop as a leader, where can you turn? Business schools major on technical theory, but often fail to address the practical human reality of work. Consultants are hooked on their own business model—your autonomy is not their priority. And books and magazines talk to everyone’s problems, but nobody’s in particular.

How Broadband Enabled Americans to Cope with a Pandemic

The March - April period marked a historic moment in time for the U.S. when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread fast, and internet usage proved critical to our country's safety and wellbeing. As pointed out last week, NCTA's COVID-19 internet dashboard, which has been tracking cable broadband network performance across the country every week, measured the largest surge in late March

Why we need social intrapreneurs more than ever
  • The COVID-19 crisis illustrates the need for innovation from within companies by "social intrapreneurs."
  • A new report from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Yunus Social Business and Porticus presents best practices from these employees who are working to address environmental or social problems.
Intrapreneurs in Action

Prioritizing innovation today is the key to unlocking postcrisis growth.

John F. Kennedy once observed that the word “crisis” in Chinese is composed of two characters—one representing danger, the other opportunity. He may not have been entirely correct on the linguistics, but the sentiment is true enough: a crisis presents a choice. This is particularly true today.

Intrapreneurs in Action

Diane Christman, SVP and Chief Programs Officer at The Cable Center, was thrilled to sit down with Amy Blair to discuss Liberty Global’s innovation efforts. As SVP and Chief People Officer, Amy is passionate about intrapreneurship and has a rich legacy of support and engagement with The Cable Center.

Do Entrepreneurs Really Create More Transformative Innovations than Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have become rockstars. Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are just as famous as movie stars. These entrepreneurs often grace the covers of business and celebrity magazines. When people think about transformative innovations that have had the highest impact on society,

How to be an intrapreneur

Vice President Sales at Yaymaker, overseeing virtual experiences and corporate events to give people and employees more Yay in their life.

You do not have to be Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to be entrepreneurial. If you work for a company and have ideas to help your company, try to be an intrapreneur.

Four Actions That Derail Innovation (And What To Do Instead)

Innovating — doing something different that creates value — is hard. Innovating within a large organization can feel impossible. In my work with corporate innovators, we always start with great optimism that this time will be different.

Unhappy at Work? Be an Intrapreneur

If you’re unhappy at work, join the club. Many studies over the past few years continue to show the majority of Americans don’t like their jobs. You might not get along with your boss. Maybe the work is unfulfilling, or you don’t feel valued. Whatever the reason, you may wish you could just break away, start your own business, and “stick it to the man!”

Intrapreneurs in Action

Spotlight on Nicolás Ramos Maseras, Head of Finance, Discovery Networks, Argentina
Graduate of Intrapreneurship Academy, Class 6

How can a structured program empower a corporate innovator to catalyze the ideas of fellow disrupters without stifling creativity? Nico Ramos Maseras of Discovery Networks addressed this very question

How To Continue Innovating Post-Pandemic

Innovation is thriving in these uncertain times. In response to the coronavirus, we’ve all seen the

stories of companies switching their operations to produce personal protective equipment and small businesses pivoting to offer pickup, delivery and other products and