What You Will Learn

The R&D departments of most companies clearly value innovation and organic growth, even if they’re not so good at systematically managing development cycles. Then once you leave the realm of R&D, and consider the way innovation methods can revolutionize all of a company’s processes, and even its business model, you begin to see that most companies simply fall short of their potential.

This popular BMGI course will open your eyes to the full vista of what it means to be an innovative organization. How do you create the fertile culture and climate for innovation and innovative problem-solving? What methods, techniques and people do you need to make innovation more predictable and manageable? And how will you organize, govern and manage the system so it yields impressive results?

BMGI principals consultants will address these questions in a provocative workshop environment. As “researchers of the research,” they’ll summarize the state of the art on innovation from leading academicians, thought leaders and practitioners. And they’ll show you what front-running companies are doing to foster and spread innovation capability across all functions and processes.

It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date. Roger von Oech
On the innovation strategy front, our experienced consultants will discuss such topics as disruptive innovation (Christensen), open innovation (Chesbrough), Blue Ocean strategies (Kim and Mobourgne), lead user innovation (Von Hippel) and market growth strategies. This session will also explore innovation metrics, communication plans, setting up growth councils, incubation units and innovation labs, as well as business model innovation.

On the management of human talent, your facilitators will discuss cognitive models for problem solving and zero in on the adaption-innovation cognitive style to discuss how to build high-performance, collaborative teams. They'll also discuss how organizational climate and culture impacts innovation.

On process and methods, our experienced consultants will discuss the innovation lifecycle and enabling tools. In addition, you’ll get a glimpse of certain innovation techniques, such as Lateral Thinking (DeBono), Ethnography and TRIZ. You’ll see how innovative thinking and innovation techniques can help you solve process and operational problems when other methods (like Lean Six Sigma) fail.

In the end, you’ll walk away with the beginnings of an engine for systematically driving organic growth, consistently innovating processes throughout your organization and achieving associated measurable and sustainable results.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Articulate world-class innovation practice and identify the companies leading the way.
  • Identify gaps and shortfalls in one’s current approach to innovation—and identify the unarticulated and unmet needs of customers and constituents.
  • Develop a roadmap and framework for implementing a predictable, repeatable process for innovation throughout an enterprise.
  • Overcome obstacles, create the passion necessary to get innovation momentum started and drive cultural transformation.
  • Develop and manage a pipeline of innovation projects to evolve products, processes and business models.
  • Understand the teambuilding and people aspects of innovation, and identify innovators hidden inside their organizations.
  • Understand new methods and tools for driving, managing and accelerating innovation.
  • Grasp the links and relationship between innovation and such other problem-solving methods as Lean Six sigma.


How You Will Learn

This is a highly stimulating workshop in which participants interact with instructors, learn from discussions with each other, engage in hands-on exercises and simulations, break down innovation case studies and otherwise experience what it means to systematically deploy and implement innovation on a broad organizational scale.

One highlight of the workshop is when participants complete a personality profile (Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory, or KAI)—establishing the fact that some people are simply more innovative than others. But the fact of the matter goes deeper: both innovators and adaptors are needed for the successful commercialization of new products and services, and even for making process innovations that are sustainable over time.

Your instructors will facilitate breakout sessions and debrief best practices on idea management systems, identification and execution of innovation projects and what’s involved in sponsoring rapid-innovation events.

Other highlights and modalities include customized consulting and guidance you’ll receive from your workshop leaders, who’ve done the same for hundreds of executives. As with all of BMGIs workshops and courses, this course has a heavy emphasis on practical application and implementation.