1. In your opinion, what makes a company innovative?
Every company that is in business innovates. They have to in order to survive. But that does not make them innovative. Innovative companies constantly question the status quo. They are barely done creating one product, and they’re already prototyping the next. Innovators thrive off of competition and push themselves and their teams to the limits. They embrace failure and see it as a huge step forward along the path to success.
2. What makes your company innovative?
The Millennial Solution is in the business of breaking stereotypes and overcoming barriers to entry. We’ve heard it all. “You’re too young.” “You’re new to the training scene.” “Where did you come from?” We are so proud of what we’ve created by ignoring the haters. We’re innovators because we are the only Millennial experts who are Millennials taking generational diversity training online. We have courses for business owners, parents and managers to take on their own time to finally understand the Millennials in their lives. We are constantly challenging ourselves to take our content and translate it into different mediums, like books, blogs, training platforms and soon, podcasts!
3. What or who are some innovative companies or people that inspire you and your team?
We are most inspired by other Millennial entrepreneurs that we meet in the Washington metro area. They are working multiple jobs getting their companies off the ground. They are freelancing and designing websites in the middle of the night. Getting together with other twenty-somethings launching successful companies fuels our fires and encourages us to keep moving forward.
4. What are some publications, print or digital, you read daily or have read that help you stay on top of your game? These could be books, magazine, blogs, e-newsletters, etc.
We love podcasts like Tim Ferris, School of Greatness and Michael Hyatt. It’s the perfect thing to put on in the background as you’re loading up fresh content to our new platform!
5. What advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders striving to be innovative in today’s business environment?
We would say, just keep going. The successful entrepreneurs are the ones that stick around long enough for the trophy. More than half of all startups fail in the first few years. A big part of that is not believing in yourself. Knowing that we have something incredibly unique to bring to the market has given us such pride and inspiration—from landing Fortune 500 clients to speaking on stages internationally.