Who should attend
- Managers, senior executives, and board members of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations who wish to improve their leadership capabilities
- Especially valuable for those who are initiating and driving innovation strategies in their organizations.
About the course
Breakthrough Ideas for Nonprofit Leadership
Nonprofits cannot grow without some commitment to innovation. Organizational change and innovation for nonprofits are key to high-impact service delivery. A nonprofit leader has the responsibility to provide the opportunity for change, as do the individuals to be an active part of the innovative change. This could lead to a pattern of growth and renewed birth for the organization. Through this program, you will explore the concepts of process- and design-based innovation.
- Explore the theory of innovation in organizations and make direct applications to the culture and strategies of your nonprofit organization
- Learn new concepts around the idea of prototyping — designing small experiments that test new ideas for your organization
- Identify key leadership traits necessary for leading in a highly innovative and high-risk environment; look at personal leadership traits as they relate to a culture of innovation
Innovation as Learning
- Recognize innovation as a learning and knowledge creation process
- Understand problem finding, problem selecting, solution finding, and solution selection phases of innovation
- Discover the role of knowledge brokering in innovation in your nonprofit organization
Build to Learn Pt. 1
- Understand Building to Learn as a core practice in design thinking
- Recognize personal and group barriers to Building to Learn and acquire new tactics to overcome challenges
- Identify different approaches to Building
Build to Learn Pt. 2
- Learn how to Build to Learn about a new product
- Learn how to Build to Learn about a new process/system
Bringing it Back to Work
- Compare and apply Building to Learn to existing organizational practices
- Prepare to integrate new practices until they become existing routines
Achieving Strategic Innovation
- Explore how to balance the near-term and long-term, core vs. exploratory, imperatives for long-term success
- Learn frameworks to align strategy & innovation
- Explore how to successfully tackle big, long-term mission objectives
Beautiful Constraints – A New Path for Nonprofit Innovation
- Examine how we've become path dependent—stuck with routines that blind us from seeing the opportunity in our constraints
- Ask Propelling Questions to break free of our old ways and put the most pressing and valuable constraints at the heart of our process
- Adopt a Can-If mentality to answer these questions—focused on 'how,' not 'if' this can be possible
- Rediscover resourcefulness, and the ability to create abundance in the face of scarcity
- Activate the high-octane mix of emotions necessary to fuel the tenacity required for success
Wolcott is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Jap...
In the face of looming challenges like childhood obesity, environmental collapse, and soaring health care costs, we need dramatic and sustained innovation. The driving question behind my research is how technology and organizations can support the innovation process to solve these challenges. In ...
Jim is a visionary, entrepreneurial human services CEO with a demonstrated track record of social innovation, dynamic fundraising growth, and operational success. His executive experience is paired with a rigorous education, including a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. ...
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