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Who should attend
- Presidents and VPs of organizations
- National, regional and international division managers
- Business Unit heads
- Global business leads
- Public Sector Leaders
- Chief Innovation Officers
- Human Resources Leaders
About the course
Excellence in leading sustainable innovation has everything to do with how a leader creates a culture where innovation and creativity thrive in every corner.
While many organizations focus on addressing problems, the most successful ones focus on raising the bar by creating a culture of innovation. Contrary to popular belief, the success of winning organizations rests not on ‘innovative’ leaders, but on leaders who can create, lead and sustain a culture of innovation.
This program will address the critical elements of creating such a culture. While it will focus on the role of leadership in culture, it will identify and investigate the important underlying principles of the cultural experience. It will answer the fundamental questions such as What is culture? What is a culture of innovation? What are the advantages of a culture of innovation? What are the barriers and the enablers? What levers can I pull to give me the best results?
An Innovation Culture empowers organizations to drive innovation, to attract existing and future talent, and to ensure future growth.
This course is a component of the Masters Certificate in Innovation Management and counts towards your completion of masters certificate requirements.
What You Will Learn
- Lead the creation of an innovative culture and empower your employees to sustain it
- Create a high impact innovation culture that will accelerate growth
- Learn how to effectively deal with people who are risk intolerant
- Identify the critical levers of an innovation culture
- Identify the assumptions that create roadblocks
- Pinpoint processes and practices that will support your desired innovation culture
- Identify and use the innovation metrics that matter
- Develop influencing strategies for your network and stakeholders
- Create your own cultural innovation plan that will embed both creativity and execution
Course content details
While many organizations focus on addressing problems, the most successful ones focus on raising the bar. One of the most effective ways to reach new heights is to focus on creating a culture of innovation. Contrary to popular belief, the success of winning organizations rests not on ‘innovative’ leaders, but on leaders who can create, lead and sustain a culture of innovation. This program is Module 3 of the Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership.
Creating a Culture of Innovation
- What is culture and what is a culture of innovation?
- The characteristics and behaviours of a culture of innovation
- How culture forms and how to change it
Leading an Innovative Organization
- The steps to transforming a culture to a culture of innovation
- Levers to accelerate change
- Develop an action plan for a culture of innovation
Experience Innovative Cultures
- Innovation Site Visits
- Learn from a variety of innovative environments
- See cultural innovation up close and personal
- Apply new thinking and strategies to your existing culture
Transitioning from one Culture to Another
- Pulling Cultural Levers
- Identify intrapreneurial behaviors and actions
- Understanding the role of trust in an innovative culture
- Developing strong influencing strategies to break old patterns, bad habits, entrenched behavioral mindsets and typical reactions
Lessons from the trenches
- Round Tables with Senior leaders
- Conversations around real challenges you are facing
- Applications and next steps
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