Innovation: From Vision To Reality


Innovation is a requirement for business survival today yet most organizations fail to create detailed policies and practices to promote innovation. Those that do, show higher long-term growth in revenue, profits and company worth.

Many of the world’s most successful innovators, from Thomas Edison to choreographer Twyla Tharp, concede that innovation cannot be forced, but it can be developed. That is, we can enhance our capacity to generate ideas, innovations, and adopt what Tharp calls the “creative habit.” Developing the understanding and practice of these creative habits is the foundation for a contemporary process that fosters innovation in the workplace.

It takes careful management and planning, as well as corporate commitment, to generate profitable returns from good, innovative ideas. Innovation is not a single event or activity; it is a collaborative process that begins with those people who touch the business across all functional and departmental areas. While creative ideas are key to innovation, without a process in place to nurture and turn them into something that has market potential and then implement them successfully, they have no value. There are a number of factors that prevent innovation from occurring in organizations. Being able to recognize and work through these factors will help you to create an innovative culture in your organization and help you to make your business successful.

Session Focus

This dynamic workshop will include discussions about how to create a culture within your organization and/or department that supports the creation and development of innovations. You will assess your current culture of innovation and identify how to create a culture more supportive of innovation. We will engage you in the entire process of creating, developing and implementing innovations and have an opportunity to create your own innovations, which you will test, identify barriers to launch and develop actions to ensure their successful launch. You will gain knowledge in how to use the innovation process to improve create and/or improve products, services, processes and structures.

One key learning for all participants will be the awareness that the trick to innovation is not in the tools, but rather, it is in knowing how to take the tools and use them through a process from idea generation to innovation implementation.

Who Should Attend?

Managers and staff who need to understand how to create new and innovative approaches to their work, employees, customers, structures, processes, products and services. This learning program applies to individuals from both the private and public sector, regardless of industry.

Key Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of what innovation is and is not
  • Learn what other organizations have done by reviewing their innovation benchmarks
  • Assess your culture of innovation
  • Identify the barriers to re-shaping your culture to be more innovative
  • Learn various brainstorming techniques to generate ideas
  • Identify innovation team resources
  • Capture visions and ideas from employees
  • Apply different brainstorming techniques to expand on these visions and ideas
  • Develop the questions about the Innovation that must be answered
  • Create scenarios that describe the Innovation after its launch.
  • Identify the benefits of the innovation to the organization, department/plant, staff and customers
  • Describe the fit to the organization’s strategy and objectives
  • Estimate the business potential for the innovation
  • Create a Business Case that includes the innovation’s benefits, costs, impacts, etc.
  • Identify what has to be done and how to do it for a successful launch of the Innovation
  • Determine what risks might prevent a successful launch
  • Develop and test a prototype to confirm both the feasibility and any required refinements to the Innovation before launch
  • Create a launch plan for the Innovation
  • Launch the innovation

Course Duration

2 Days