Course Highlights

This innovation skills course will:

  • Outline different levels of innovation.
  • Recommend areas to explore for innovation opportunities.
  • Suggest over 100 innovation and change strategies.
  • Offer a framework for fostering innovation.

Course Overview

Discovering new ways of doing things in the workplace is crucial for the success and growth of any organization. From process improvement to enhancing customer or employee experiences, innovative ideas play a vital role in maintaining competitiveness.

This three-part course focuses on equipping participants with the necessary skills for practicing innovative thinking. The interactive program includes an assessment, models, frameworks, and templates that participants can utilize beyond the workshop.

Segment One Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between creativity and innovation.
  • Define levels of innovation.
  • Provide examples of innovation errors that led successful organizations to close down.
  • Identify areas where incremental innovation is often found.
  • Explain the difference between reactive and proactive innovation.
  • Apply Porter’s Five Forces and PESTEL analysis in the context of innovation.
  • Discuss the distinguishing characteristics of innovative organizations.
  • Complete an innovation profile.

Segment One Modules

  • Little Steps to Big: Innovation Fundamentals
  • Motivation: Reactive and Proactive Moves
  • Embedded Success: Practices of Leading Organizations
  • Instincts and Preferences: Managing Innovation Styles

Segment Two Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Ask effective questions to understand the current state.
  • Explain proven patterns of innovation.
  • Troubleshoot common roadblocks encountered by organizations.
  • Emphasize the importance of a balanced approach.
  • Describe various elements used to measure the success of an innovation initiative.

Segment Two Modules

  • Homework: Exploring Three Areas
  • More Than 100: Innovation and Change Strategies
  • Getting There: Overcoming Roadblocks and Striking Balance
  • Measures: Tracking Success (or Failure)

Segment Three Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between creativity and innovation.
  • Define a problem.
  • Identify root causes.
  • Practice multiple ideation techniques.
  • Apply various idea evaluation tools.
  • Describe high-level best practices for forming an innovation team.
  • Outline common errors organizations make when engaging with their innovation teams.

Segment Three Modules

  • The Creative Process: An Essential Element
  • The OP Process: Six Steps to Idea Success
  • Getting the Band Together: Forming an Innovation Team
  • Team Traps: Pitfalls to Avoid

By the end of this instructor-led training course, participants will be able to effectively facilitate innovation sessions when back on the job.