We will work together to go beyond innovation theory and theater to make innovation happen and get tangible results.
I start with cutting-edge innovation theory from some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Then I roll up my sleeves and work with you to make things happen. This means collaborating with you, customizing the approach to your unique situation and culture, and learning from one another to quickly create something new that changes the game and propels the business forward.
Big companies often make big announcements about their intention to be more innovative. But they rarely define why innovation is suddenly so important and how they plan to accomplish it. This leaves corporate innovators with a mission but no clear way to know when they are successful.
The Innovation Roadmap identifies what success looks like and maps the key milestones between here and there. Using a variety of tools like executive interviews, trends analysis, future scenario planning, and capability assessments, you will have a clear view on what you need to deliver. You will also have the confidence and a plan that gets you there.
Innovation Readiness Assessment
Doing innovation is a lot harder than talking about it. Many companies realize this fact only after they have invested lots of money and people in new initiatives and partnerships.
The Innovation Readiness Assessment outlines a practical plan to achieve your innovation goals by examining your organization’s current culture and capabilities, honestly assessing the gap (SPOILER ALERT, there will always be a gap) between your current state and where you need to be to be successful, and identifying and prioritizing the steps you need to take to achieve your innovation aspirations.
Go from “What should we work on?” to “We have 3 new ideas and a plan to tackle them all!” in about 3 months.
We’ll kick things off with an honest conversation about your organization, its goals, and your constraints (I assume you don’t have an unlimited budget, loads of people, and all the time in the world). Then we’ll spend time with your customers, gathering truly unique and actionable insights about the problems they’re trying to solve by using Jobs to be Done, a theory and tool popularized by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. From there, we’ll use Design Thinking to define new business ideas and select 3 to further develop, quantify, and test. When we’re done, you’ll have three new business ideas, AND a clear plan to de-risk them over the next 90 days.
Ideas are a dime a dozen which is why it’s rarely the best idea that wins in the market. Instead, it’s the best business that wins.
We’ll quickly convert your idea into a business by clarifying what it is that creates value for your customers, outlining how you will make money, and identifying what you need to have and what you need to do in order to succeed in the market. We’ll then put your business to the test through rapid, low-cost, revenue-generating real-world experiments.
Innovation Leadership Coaching
Even the most “pro-innovation” executives and managers struggle to support and work with innovation teams to produce real business results. This is because they’re working in big organizations, organizations that are successful because they eliminate uncertainty, risk, and variability through the metrics, incentives, and timelines that drive how people do their work and are rewarded.
Leading innovation requires executives and managers to do the opposite of what made them successful. They need to regularly roll-up their sleeves and work with innovation teams (instead of delegate), take smart risks (instead of searching for risk-free options), and move fast (instead of following the corporate calendar).
Using one-on-one coaching, 365 feedback, post-meeting debriefs, and a host of other tools, we’ll work together to help you build the mindset and skills required to successfully lead and support innovation efforts.
Let’s be honest, there are no quick-fixes when it comes to innovation.
Sure, keynote speeches and half- or full-day workshops can be inspiring, fun, and help us feel innovative-y. But, as one-offs, they’re not going to drive the fundamental change and commitment required to make things happen.
My keynotes and workshops are most effective when they are used to kick-off, accelerate, re-energize, or pivot a broader innovation commitment and initiative within your organization.
Keynotes & Panels
Custom created to help you achieve your goals in a way that will resonate with your audience and fit seamlessly into your agenda, keynotes can be the perfect way to develop a common understanding of innovation topics or go deep on a specific item of interest.
- “Leading Innovation: The Unique and Essential Responsibilities of Senior Executives” delivered at CableLab‘s Chief Technology Officer Summit
- “Activating Your Inner Intrapreneur” for Scottish Development International‘s North American All Staff Conference
- “Intrapreneurship: Leveraging Team Creativity for Innovation and Growth” panelist at General Assembly, Boston
Designed as practical, hands-on experiences, workshops give people the chance to learn core innovation skills and tools by applying them to a specific and relevant issue or challenge.
- Creating a culture of innovation: Lay the foundation for better communication and faster decision-making in your innovation efforts
- Driving Customer-Centric innovation: How to apply the Jobs to be Done approach to delight your customers
- Staying Ahead of the Crowd: How to turn ideas into business models that create sustainable competitive advantage
- Move Fast and Make Money: How to test new ideas and businesses to quickly find, de-risk, and make money on the winners