Mar 23, 2020 Michelle Royal No Comments

What Does a Virus Crisis Have to Do With Innovation?

Countless economic development leaders, leaders of entrepreneurs, and consultants of large companies are all dealing with the question: “How can I manage my personal stress, family stress, and community stress while social distancing and supporting other community members?”

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Oct 16, 2017 Michelle Royal No Comments

RIDG Nominated for Excellence in Service Award

We are excited to announce that RIDG is a finalist for the Excellence in Service award in this year’s 14th Annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards. A big thank you to the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), all board of directors, and team members for this wonderful nomination. The event will be held at the Mahaffey […]

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Oct 03, 2017 Michelle Royal No Comments

The Five Powers of Million Dollar Teams

We have been working with high-level executive teams over the past ten years to build the skills that accelerate the velocity of growth. We would never take credit for the ultimate outcome of the teams with whom we work. It is their company and they put in the day to day hours, focus, and hard […]

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Aug 14, 2017 Michelle Royal No Comments

Marketing Mastery: What Words Are You Using That No One Cares About?

Your client is telling you, all the time, what they need. Are you listening? [Full Transcript] Hi everyone, it’s Michelle Royal, CEO of RIDG, where we build better innovators. Notice I said build “better” innovators, meaning we already know you’re smart. You got this. We are just here to hopefully improve it a little bit […]

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Apr 10, 2017 Michelle Royal No Comments

What is Disruption Readiness, Anyway?

To be disrupted means to interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem and also drastically alter or destroy the structure of something. Almost daily we hear our clients tell us they want to become the disruption, create the disruption, or leverage the innovation process to become the disruptor. Regularly, they [...]

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Mar 15, 2016 Michelle Royal No Comments

Serious Play for Leaders

Recently, I attended an event at the iconic Salvador Dali Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Nathan Schwagler from Dali Innovation Labs was facilitating a session on community leadership with a group from Leadership Florida. He kicked off the event with a thought provoking, visually-driven mini-lecture on how to see the world differently. "When we [...]

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Mar 01, 2016 Michelle Royal No Comments

The New ROI (Remember Our Information)

Jim Engelmann is about one thing, and one thing only — increasing engagement. I had lunch with him recently and his passion for this powerful mission was overwhelming and awe inspiring. From increasing attendee participation by 1,000% over the course of a three-day conference to ensuring employees are paying attention to imperative messages at an […]

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Feb 24, 2016 Michelle Royal No Comments

5 Simple Ways to CRUSH IT in 2016!

Gary Vaynerchuk aka Gary Vee has quickly become a household name (at least in the homes of entrepreneurs) and his brand has evolved dramatically since Wine Library TV. I have been following him for over 5 years now and have watched a ton of his video content from The #AskGaryVee Show, The DailyVee, and now even […]

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Feb 16, 2016 Michelle Royal No Comments


"We want to learn to laugh in the face of the inevitable, to smile even at the looming of death." - Will Durant The entrepreneur seeks. Period. They seek to learn, to achieve, to overcome, to lead, to earn, to connect, to make real the possibility they know can be reality. The entrepreneur is strengthened [...]

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Nov 30, 2015 Michelle Royal No Comments

Interesting vs. Important

A foundational question for evaluating a breakthrough in your business or in your life is, “Am I pursuing something simply because it is interesting?” Ask yourself if what you’re pursuing is interesting or if it’s important. If it is important, it will always be interesting. Not all interesting questions are important. Follow the path that […]

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