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Leading Business Innovation

 - Episode 25

Fostering innovation and staying ahead – CTO’s approach

Episode Summary:

In this episode of BetterTech, host Jocelyn Houle interviews Dara Meath, SVP & Chief Technology Officer of Build A Bear, a company renowned for its unique and personalized stuffed animal experiences. Dara shares insights into her role, the evolution of her career, and the innovative initiatives underway at Build A Bear. 

The discussion delves into the intersection of technology and retail, with a focus on creating seamless and personalized customer experiences. Dara provides valuable advice for both budding entrepreneurs and seasoned leaders.

Show Notes:

1. Collaboration is the secret sauce of innovation. Foster an environment where team members openly communicate, celebrate wins, adapt to changes, and continuously learn. It’s the magic that propels you forward in the ever-evolving landscape of technology.

2. In the retail tech space, personalization is everything. Balancing it with operational efficiency is the sweet spot. Leverage technology to create individualized experiences for customers and efficiency is the backbone that keeps the heartbeat strong.

3. Large corporations should actively work to break down communication silos, fostering cross-departmental connections to promote innovation.

4. Integrating gamification into leadership development is making learning enjoyable For trying new ideas and it’s fostering creativity.It’s not just about adopting the latest technology; it’s about adopting it strategically to achieve tangible outcomes.

This episode is hosted by Jocelyn Houle, Host at BetterTech.

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