Getting Your People Off Their Ifs, Ands, or Buts
Engaging Innovation is a high-powered, fast-paced, biz-oriented workshop for managers, staff, and senior executives who need to become significantly more proactive about helping their organization become an innovation powerhouse.
Whether you are at the beginning of your innovation journey, reigniting enthusiasm for innovation, or looking to jump start some big ideas for the coming year, Engaging Innovation gets the job done in an amazingly short amount of time. Speed matters. There is never a dull moment. Groups are given exercises that not only spark insight and brilliance, but are structured to deliver real business results.
And knowing that "one size does not fit all", we customize the session to perfectly fit your group's stage of innovation development. Form follows function. There is never any dumbing down, talking at, or preaching to. We bring a consciously crafted, authentic, and inspiring process that dependably shifts innovation readiness, engagement, and behavior.
Our goal? To significantly increase the odds of every single participant becoming a proactive force for positive change in your organization — regardless of their job description.
The truth is spoken here. Innovation, you see, is primarily about people — how they manage, lead, and support a culture of innovation without having to pretend they are Steve Jobs. In order to do so, however, they need to go beyond the rhetoric that often accompanies "innovation initiatives" and actually identify the specific kinds of innovation they are ready to take on: incremental, adaptive, generative or transformational — what we refer to as the "Innovation Continuum".
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: The group is primed with a short, rapid fire, interactive presentation on the power of innovation to catapult their company to the top tier in the marketplace. Our presentation is infused with inspiring anecdotes, best practices, and data from recent research and case studies on innovation.
Mixed-function/mixed-role groups of 5-6 identify the current reality of their company's internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external threats and opportunities. The groups agree on top priorities and present their findings, with gusto, to the full group. The full group then agrees on the biggest-picture priorities that must be addressed and the cultural behaviors that are needed to address them.
Typically, we reshuffle the group into functional teams and have them quickly generate a short list of top priorities they must address to jump-start innovation in their department. By now, they are working at lightning speed, using our time-tested creative thinking techniques to brainstorm potential innovation initiatives. Each team then completes a "Big Idea" sheet — putting just enough meat on the bones of their favorite innovation-sparking idea to make a coherent, 2-minute presentation to the group. Much applause ensues.
Finally, the moment you've been waiting for. Each person identifies one new behavior they will commit to in order to support a culture of innovation. Participants then find three people, one at a time, to share their commitment with. The level of creativity, productivity, alignment, and enrollment that participants experience — in spite of the doubt and resistance they may entered the session with — blows their minds.
Bottom line, Engaging Innovation demystifies innovation and provides people with an effective, energizing, and empowering way to realistically explore the cultural risks, benefits, pitfalls, and pleasures of participating in their organization's innovation journey.
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