ConAgra’s CEO on the Topics of Change and Innovation

Sean Connolly is the CEO of the company my wife works for…ConAgra. In this 3 minute interview with Fortune, he addresses the questions:

1. “Regarding change, how do you get everyone to stick with you as you’re trying new stuff?” Answer: “We let employees know we’re trying to build something that’s special, and everybody’s invited to participate in that. And when you feel like you’re part of something special, it can be incredibly exciting.”


2. On creating a culture of innovation: “The first thing we did was make external focus one of our company values…meaning we don’t want to spend our time on inter-office politics, PowerPoint presentations, and meetings–we want all of our team focused on the customer, emerging trends on what entrepreneurial companies are doing to delight customers better than the giants, etc.

Stages of Company Growth and Customer Focus


Connolly goes on, “But it starts with everyone from top to bottom, from side to side–have an external focus on our consumers, our customers, our competitors, and our communities. And that external focus goes a long ways toward jump starting innovation.”