Evolving Your Business with Innovation and Creativity

  • 1 day(s)Duration
  • MDP929Course Code
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Course description

During this course participants tap into their creative side while learning how to identify and implement new opportunities. The course focuses on driving strategic business objectives and growing market share for your organization. The key takeaway for this course is finding new opportunities and taking current results to the next level.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include:

  • Individual contributors ready to move into first-level leader role (e.g., team leader, supervisor, manager, project manager, etc.)
  • Newly hired first-line leader with 0-4 years of experience and/or no formal training
  • Existing first-level leader with up to 4 years of first-line experience wishing to:
    • Gain new skills/knowledge
    • Sharpen current skills

What you will achieve

  • Explain the similarities and differences between creativity and innovation.
  • Develop a plan to create and maintain an environment where creativity and innovation can flourish.
  • Explain the value of creating and maintaining a Liquid Network.
  • Summarize a four-phase process to create and develop new opportunities.
  • Verbalize the values, features, and benefits of new ideas.

What you will learn

Pre-Course Work

Prior to the course, a prework assignment book is sent to participants that includes the following assignments:

  • Assignment 1 — Define Creativity and Innovation
  • Assignment 2 — The Manager’s Role in Creativity and Innovation
  • Assignment 3 — Steven Johnson: Liquid Networks (NPR)
  • Assignment 4 — 4 Phase Transition Model
  • Assignment 5 — Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model
  • Assignment 6 — GE’s Change Acceleration Process
  • Assignment 7 — Contracting for Coaching/Prepping for the Program

Estimated time commitment: 2-4 hours

Course Outline
Module 1: Set the Stage for Creativity and Innovation
  • Defining Creativity and Innovation
  • The Manager’s Role
  • The Environment
  • Barriers
  • Using Your Liquid Network
  • Exercises
    • Setting the Stage for Creativity and Innovation
    • Set Up Your Liquid Network
Module 2: The Innovation Process
  • Creativity and Innovation Processes
  • Four-Phase Transition from Creativity to Innovation
  • Creativity Mindset: Five Key Skills
  • Exercises
    • Teach Back
    • Case Study: Reconstructing Web Presence
Module 3: Innovation: Moving from Idea to Action
  • Moving from Idea to Action
  • Clear Need, Clear Solution
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Build Out Your Plan: RACI
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Past, Present, Future Tool
  • Elevator Speech
  • Creativity and Innovation Questions
  • Exercises
    • Prepping Your Ideas
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Implementation Planning
Post-Course Work
  • Meet with your manager to review what was learned in the course and your action plan
  • OPTIONAL: Group Coaching Sessions