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Leading Innovation

Exclusive – Go beyond brainstorming and discover how to properly lead all types of innovation using the right leadership skills and behaviors.

GK# 4518

Course Overview


In today’s complex and competitive business environment, most companies rank innovation as one of their top strategic priorities. In a recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, more than three quarters of business leaders surveyed ranked innovation as their top—or one of their top three—strategic priorities.

The challenge is that many organizations struggle to truly innovate. Often they are restricted by a narrow definition of innovation or are limited by thinking of innovation relative to their industry or competitors.

This one-day workshop helps leaders properly implement or support real innovation.


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What You'll Learn

  • Definition of “Innovation” and “Innovation Value Chain”
  • Cultural aspects that enable innovation
  • Characteristics of innovative organizations
  • The elements of an innovation-friendly environment
  • How to assess organizational readiness for innovation
  • Steps in the innovation process and the 12 ways an organization can innovate
  • How to demonstrate the leadership behaviors required to encourage and lead innovation


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Classroom Live Outline


  • What Innovation Is and Is Not
  •  The 12 Ways to Innovate
  • An Innovation-Friendly Environment

1. The Innovation Value Chain

  • Highlights of the Innovation Value Chain
  • Innovation Leadership Behaviors and Tools

2. Define and Align  

  • What's the Problem?
  • What's the Opportunity?
  • Align for Results
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

3. Ideate and Select  

  • Encourage and Support Idea Generation
  • Ask the Right Questions
  • Use Good Judgment
  • Generate New Ideas
  • Are You Innovative?
  • Basic Elements of Innovation
  • Reward and Recognize

4. Design and Develop

  • Communicate with Impact
  • Developing with the Building Blocks of Innovation
  • Failing Fast and Effectively - Pre-Implementation

5. Implement and Measure

  • Create a Plan of Action
  • Action Schedule
  • Delegate Effectively
  • Measuring Innovation - Four Categories
  • Failing Fast and Effectively - Post-Implementation

6. Summary


Perform Phase

  • Suggested Activities
  • Assess Your Organization's Approach to Innovation
  • Identify Steps to Encourage Innovation in Your Team
  • Your Innovation Strategy and Agenda
  • Next Steps



Prework for this course should be completed one week in advance and brought to class.

Foundational people management is recommended but not required.

Though not a formal prerequisite, we strongly recommended students complete complete Active Leadership for IT Professionals (8944).

Who Should Attend


Leaders at all levels: vice presidents, directors, managers, and supervisors



This course qualifies you for the following PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs):

Classroom Live and Virtual Classroom Live

  • Leadership = 7

Follow-On Courses


The High Impact Leadership series of courses will help leaders succeed in today’s complex environment and teaches the skills, knowledge and competencies required to positively impact team performance, contribute to organizational results, and drive innovation to positively impact customers and even their industry.

Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 1 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 1 day

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