Innovation: How Is It Done?

Creating a new idea is only one side of innovation. The other is getting the idea into reality, and that is a "political" process. This program explores that process, drawing upon the organizational history of past innovations. The word "innovation" calls to mind new products, but in fact, a few accounting scheme, a new social program, a new personal practice, and a new partnership can all be innovations.

Course Benefits:

Program participants will gain:

  • The ability to decide which innovations are worth the effort
  • Methods for taking an innovation from start to finish
  • Insight into creating the conditions that will make innovation more probable in their units
  • Skill in supporting the process of innovation
  • New ways to solve problems

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Better understand what your organization needs
  • Think "laterally" and re-think process with new "metaphors"
  • Better "sense" the politics of change in your organization
  • Know what's involved in moving an innovation from bright idea to real program

Course Content:

  • What do organizations want?
  • Where do ideas come from?
  • What part of the organizations will display the most receptivity for innovations?
  • Which innovations are likely to succeed and which will not?
  • Identifying one's "power position" with regard to innovation
  • Gaining support for innovations, "selling" them to upper management
  • Developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Maintaining momentum in the project

Who Should Attend:

  • Supervisors, managers, and administrators seeking to create a more receptive climate for innovation
  • Marketing or sales specialists; project leaders
  • Anyone with a bright idea