Introduction to the Courses
Many of today’s managers are continuously challenged to take a broader view in positioning and handling the dynamic environment they are in. This often results in a need to get more in control and all sorts of tools and concepts may help them to address this need. But, as one moves towards more control and transparency, the outcome not necessarily leads to improved or more relevant innovation. It turns out that in general, managing an innovative organization needs the art of identifying and initiating small, high impact interventions. Especially interventions that challenge people to be pro-active and take responsibility. Innovation management is about creating self-organized excellence. It is about stimulating robust dialogues between the internal and external stakeholders. Finally, it is about creating new ways of adding value. So, as a consequence managing innovation is not easy but can be learned.
Innovation: Management or Leadership?
The difference between innovation managers and innovation leaders is that managers will primarily use concepts and practices with a proven effect. Innovation leaders will on-top of that define untraditional patterns and paradigms that may still need to be proven.
Our courses help to become a good innovation manager and to avoid unnecessary mistakes. The courses will support the future innovation leaders to step on a steeper learning curve and create a robust starting point to define new ways of creating business. In the courses we offer, innovation is also associated with realizing dreams, vision and objectives in a context with many uncertainties.
In the nineties, we were deeply involved in designing a Technology Innovation Management Training program (TIM) for Philips under the direction of the Philips Centre for Technical Training (CTT). Apart from making the design, we have trained hundreds of (coming) middle managers at Philips, Philips’ partners and key suppliers.
Considering the trends in innovation, we came to the conclusion that the existing framework needed an update into a contemporary design and challenging program. This resulted in three courses:
- IMC-1 for unexperienced innovation managers
- IMC-2 for innovation managers with several years of experience
- MBI (Managing Business Innovation) for senior innovation managers taking up a major transformation
All three courses have an unique modular structure that can be customized, e.g. to support a major transformation, to the needs of one specific company, or in agreement with a network of organizations.
The teaching methods and ways of learning we designed are not bound by time and space. We are convinced that learning should not be limited to specific days and to classroom settings.
- Concepts can be studied upfront, online and individually.
- Sharing experience is best done amongst colleagues.
- Application of concepts requires the own working environment as playing field.
- Mastering skills needs practice with other people.
- Challenging underlying assumptions and discovering personal values will be most effective in individual coaching sessions.
By the modular design and variety of working methods we can offer courses that balance conceptual learning and experiential learning, (sub) group learning and individual development, head and heart approaches of an issue, content knowledge and mastering skills.