Consulting, Workshops & Training

Rolling Out an Innovation Initiative

Your executives have declared that your company is to have a focus on innovation. Now it is up to you and your team to make this happen. Before you do this, you need to consider many questions. This program is designed to help you navigate this process.

How will you define a team to lead the effort?

What does an Innovation Council do?

What is an Innovation Roundtable?

How will you deal with resistance to change?

What resources are available to support the innovation effort?

Will you pilot the roll out with a small number of teams, or roll it out all at once to the entire company? What is the process for rolling it out? What will you learn from a pilot program and how can you leverage that new information?

What do you need in your framework or infrastructure to support innovation?

What sort of Metrics make sense for your firm?

What sort of Evaluation Criteria will you use to weigh the value of innovative ideas?

How will you assess disruptive technologies?

Who will build your Idea Repository, and how will it be managed?

How will you use your suppliers?

How will you use/engage your distributors and partners?

How will you use your customers?

How will you manage an Innovation Portfolio?

How will you collect competitive intelligence?

How will you forecast technology change?

Who is in charge of gathering the innovative ideas? Do some people in the company go out looking for new ideas at conferences and universities (the hunters), while others (the gatherers) take in ideas generated by local teams?

Does it make sense to have a Lead User program?

What sort of talent and skills do you need to nurture an innovative idea? Who needs to be on the Incubation Team? How will these teams be structured and funded?

How can you avoid the rollercoaster that occurs when employees get excited about a new initiative and then feel discouraged when it does not materialize?

Our program for Rolling Out an Innovation Initiative is best suited for the team tasked with rolling out the program. We meet for one day each month for three months, first to hammer out the answers to the questions and then to support the roll out through its first stages.

Audience: Innovation Leadership Teams. This program can also be tailored to an audience of executives and leaders.

Consulting, Workshops & Training

Workshops and training present opportunities to examine key  topics with your team. These sessions are customized to reflect your current challenges.

Workshops are appropriate for senior executives or development groups. We facilitate half-day to three-day sessions.

Contact Leslie Martinich at 512.423.5121 to discuss your needs and how Competitive Focus might help you.