7 Instructional Hours

Corporate Innovation

Innovation for Leaders

About the program

In business, you’re either moving forward or standing still, and those who stand still don’t last. Progress is driven by new ideas and fresh perspectives about every element of organization.

Innovation is about more than new products – faster, thinner, more powerful or connected. And there is significant potential beyond shiny objects.

When you approach the entire organization with an innovation mindset, you unlock limitless potential – from value-driven processes and more convenient services to the very business model you use to compete.

No added resources required

This interactive session provides managers and executives with the skills and tools needed to streamline overly complex operations, develop new services and processes, and free up the time, space and funds needed to focus on what matters most. Through exercises and discussions, you’ll learn to align your teams around a new innovation imperative.

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Realize the creative potential within your group
  • Align ideation and creativity with your organization's vision and strategy
  • Appreciate where resource challenges can drive and support new initiatives
  • Translate ideas into execution and action
  • Lead effective brainstorming sessions using best-in-class methods
  • Empathize to discover new customer needs
  • Build an effective innovation ecosystem

Who should attend

This program is intended for public and private sector organizations, including individuals and teams, as well as anyone involved in generating new ideas, products or processes; delivering business growth; or ensuring optimal customer experience.

You might also be interested in: Lean Management

Personal Benefits

  • Evaluate and understand process challenges and lead new process design
  • Improved ability to lead creative brainstorming sessions
  • Increased acuity for discovering customer needs
  • Deliver your ideas with clarity and confidence
  • Greater motivation and alignment to corporate goals and objectives
  • Access to tools that can be applied throughout the workplace
  • Lead and build a culture of innovation and creativity

Organizational Benefits

  • Higher employee engagement and morale
  • Build off recent resource-challenged realities towards new operating models
  • New products or services better aligned with customer needs
  • Achieve differentiation within your industry
  • A proactive, "what's next?" innovation culture

The program covers the following curriculum:

  • Innovation strategy
  • Focused idea development through Storyboarding
  • Low-cost idea development and refinement
  • Prototyping and Presentations
  • Process and Service Innovation

Session Leaders

Session leader includes a senior professor from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable expert from industry. This outstanding teacher is constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

Barry Cross is an expert and thought leader in innovation, execution and operations strategy. He joined Smith School of Business after nearly 20 years in the automotive and manufacturing sectors with Magna, Autosystems and DuPont, where he led many key strategic initiatives, including nearly 30 program launches in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Barry speaks and consults widely in the areas of Lean, Innovation, Strategy, Projects and Execution, enabling organizations to create sustainable value for their customers.  He is the bestselling author of three books, including Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization, and several Most Read articles.

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Upcoming Sessions

    Remote Learning, Canada

  • Nov 10 to Nov 11
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$825 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
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    Remote Learning

  • Mar 8 to Mar 9
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$825 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
All major credit cards accepted.

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Offset part or all of program fees through the Canada Job Grant

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