Innovation Skills

Innovation is the ability to incrementally or boldly change and improve products, processes, services, or solutions in a way that creates distinctive value for the organization. Innovation is necessary for an organization to reach its full potential, yet many organizations lack this critical skill. Everyone in the organization can develop the capacity to be an innovative force; the Innovation Skills workshop from CMOE is designed to help individual contributors and leaders engage in innovative thinking and use their talents and experience to influence the organization in a profound way. The program exposes participants to the skills they need to

  • Constantly look for new ideas and creative solutions.
  • Keep an open mind and challenge the status quo.
  • Propose and communicate innovative ideas.
  • Position and promote innovative ideas and proposals.
  • Contribute to a culture of creativity and innovation.
  • Support innovative ideas from others.

The Innovation Skills workshop is available as a standalone course, or it can be combined with CMOE’s Managing Change workshop for a more-comprehensive learning experience.

Objective & Outcomes

  • As a result of the Innovation Skills workshop, participants will be able to
    Prepare their minds to think creatively.
  • Explore and direct the flow of ideas in productive directions.
  • Evaluate situations and generate innovative solutions to solve business challenges and issues and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Overcome barriers and obstacles to innovation.
  • Confidently communicate innovative solutions.
  • Make important connections and see things from a different perspective.
  • Convert ideas into action.
  • Build on their natural innovation abilities and strengths and better manage their opportunities for improvement.
  • Identify resources to develop ideas and create a culture of innovation throughout the organization.

Our Approach

CMOE takes an innovative approach to the development of our workshops—and this program is no exception. To ensure its effectiveness and transferability to the workplace, the Innovation Skills workshop includes the following design elements:

  • Discussions
  • Short presentations
  • Business simulations
  • Models and skills
  • Individual feedback
  • Real-world experiences and examples
  • Tools and job aides
  • Action plans

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind."

~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”

~ Anonymous

“Innovation is the vital spark of all man-made change, improvement, and progress.”

~ Theodore Levitt, Harvard Business School Professor

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