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Creating a culture of innovation: UnionBank holds 21st Leadership Council

In line with its commitment to building and developing leaders from within its ranks, UnionBank held its 21st Leadership Learning Council (LLC) discussing how team leaders can share and inspire innovation among themselves and their team members.

Dr. Paddy Miller, Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, gave insights on how to create a culture of innovation in the workplace. The renowned Innovation corporate speaker recommended that leaders should become “innovation architects” where they create an ecosystem in which team members and fellow leaders engage in key innovation behaviors as part of their daily work.

“You don’t have to be a Steve Jobs to create innovation. You can start small. Daily actions and solutions that are creative and imaginative that are centered in your line of work, which brings the sense of ‘innovation as usual’ to your employees can espouse a systemic and sustainable system in the workplace,” Dr. Miller said.

UnionBank Chairman and CEO Justo A. Ortiz shared Dr. Miller’s thoughts. He said that for UnionBank to rise to the challenges in digital banking, leaders should “unlock the creative potential of the organization by taking a lot of small steps,” which in turn can “bring opportunities and solutions that are focused on making things better for customers in the long run.”

Dr. Miller believed that what he calls the keystone behaviors of innovation: focus, connect, tweak, select, stealthstorm, and persist ­will guide team members and organize their innovative instincts on a regular basis thereby creating the best ideas that will matter most to the organization.