Defining What It Means to Be a Workplace Innovator

by Mike Petrusky on August 31, 2018

Trying not to be be afraid of failure is difficult. We’re under tighter deadlines and pressure to perform at work with less, which leaves little room for error. But during this week’s featured podcasts this is exactly what we came to realize separates real workplace innovators from the rest of the industry. The courage to fail. When cultivating the workplace of the future, we’re bound to uncover a few ways that don’t work before we find ones that do. Adi Gaskell and Kate North reveal exactly what that means to them, and why failure is often necessary to find success. 

Inspiring Innovation in the Workplace

Adi Gaskell | Director and Consultant, The Horizons Tracker, innovative thinker and published writer

“Trying to live in a perpetual state of testing one’s assumptions, never believing you know everything or you’ve got everything figured out. Always be testing what it is you think you know. The knowledge and support is out there, I think we’ve just got to get innovating.” 

Workplace Evolutionaries at IFMA’s World Workplace 2018 in Charlotte

Kate North | Vice President of Workplace Innovation, Colliers International

“I think the ability to understand not only satisfaction but if there are indicators that can really begin to see performance those are all important pieces of data that can help us drive more informed decisions.”

Serving as Global Chair of Workplace Evolutionaries at IFMA, Kate is building a community of practitioners, strategists and innovators who are striving to “be the change” they wish to see in the modern workplace. Also as Vice President of Workplace Innovation at Colliers International, Kate understands that the need for change comes from a global perspective. 

Kate and I discuss our excitement for the upcoming IFMA World Workplace conference held this October in Charlotte, NC. During the event, the Workplace Evoluntionaries [WE] community will be talking about how facilities managers can look holistically at IT and HR to encourage everyone to come to the workplace table. She also reveals that during World Workplace, the WE community is bringing together leaders from sustainability, real estate, and technology industries to discuss some of the main shifts we’re all experiencing at work and how as collective communities we can support one another. Exciting stuff!

I asked Kate what her definition of a workplace innovator was, which led us to talk about the World Workplace theme yet again. Kate believes a workplace innovator is

“…someone that is willing to move into that discomfort through their own curiosity around what is seeking to emerge…”

and continue to learn by staying educated and possibly trying a few options that don’t work – to find one that does. I couldn’t agree with her more. Our role as workplace innovators is continually evolving, and while we might experience failure, we’re bound to experience success as well. 


Mike Petrusky

Mike Petrusky is host of the “Workplace Innovator Podcast” and Director of Events and Growth Marketing at iOFFICE. He joined iOFFICE in March of 2018 with a mission to energize the company’s live events. He is a dynamic speaker, podcaster, and seasoned marketer who has a passion for sharing iOFFICE’s unique brand of thought leadership to CRE & FM leaders in the digital workplace.

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