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THE DNA OF
IDEA CHAMPIONS WORKSHOPS

THE DNA OF IDEA CHAMPIONS’
www.ideachampions.com
IDEA CHAMPIONS’ workshops are highly
engaging, insight-invoking experiences
that provide participants with a unique
opport...
1. INNOVATION READINESS
A lively mix of context setting, icebreakers, and presentations that
move people from a resistant
“innovation is not my jo...
2. PROBLEM REFRAMING
G.K. Chesterton once said, “It’s not that
they can’t see the solution, they can’t
see the problem.”
And so it is with many...
3. ASSUMPTION BUSTING
Of all the obstacles to innovation, the
all-too-human tendency to be ruled
by limiting assumptions is the most
insidious –...
4. CREATIVE THINKING
All Idea Champions
sessions include the
teaching and practice
of creating thinking
tools and techniques
that enable partic...
5. IDEATION
One of the deliverables of our sessions
are powerful, new business growth
ideas – both incremental and
breakthrough. Parti...
6. ACTION LEARNING
All Idea Champions sessions
are a mix of thinking and
doing. Taking our cue from
decades of adult learning
research and 25...
7. CONVERGENCE
It’s one thing to “get out of the box”
– it’s quite another to do something
practical with the insights and ideas
that eme...
8. GREAT TAKEAWAYS
Each person
who participates
in an
Idea Champions
session receives
a set of visually
compelling
materials to
reinforce and...
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
"Idea Champions offers pragmatic tools and insights
that enable innovation. Their approach is engaging,
encouraging and cr...
"Idea Champions has been a partner with the
Chubb Business School for four years and has helped us
drive the skillset and ...
"As I reflect on your Ingenious Leadership session,
I continue to find that the takeaways from that single day
have proved...
"Idea Champions' highly engaging approach,
combining creative energy and business practicality,
is a real winner. Their pr...
"Idea Champions continues to be a terrific partner
as we proceed on our innovation journey.
They are highly knowledgeable ...
More client testimonials
© ideachampions, 2014
www.ideachampions.com
845.679.1066
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The DNA of IDEA CHAMPIONS WORKSHOPS

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The DNA of IDEA CHAMPIONS WORKSHOPS

  1. 1. THE DNA OF IDEA CHAMPIONS WORKSHOPS THE DNA OF IDEA CHAMPIONS’ www.ideachampions.com
  2. 2. IDEA CHAMPIONS’ workshops are highly engaging, insight-invoking experiences that provide participants with a unique opportunity to make rapid progress on pressing business challenges at the same time they are learning valuable tools and techniques they can apply on the job to raise the bar for innovation. The DNA of each session is composed of eight integrated elements. What follows is a brief summary of these eight elements.
  3. 3. 1. INNOVATION READINESS
  4. 4. A lively mix of context setting, icebreakers, and presentations that move people from a resistant “innovation is not my job” mindset to a receptive, “I am a proactive agent of innovation” mindset.
  5. 5. 2. PROBLEM REFRAMING
  6. 6. G.K. Chesterton once said, “It’s not that they can’t see the solution, they can’t see the problem.” And so it is with many business people. Tasked with tough challenges and huge time constraints, they too often rush into solution finding without framing the best possible problem statements – a phenomenon that guarantees nothing but wheel-spinning and frustration. Which is why, whenever possible, Idea Champions’ sessions include a groundbreaking module on the art and science of framing the right questions.
  7. 7. 3. ASSUMPTION BUSTING
  8. 8. Of all the obstacles to innovation, the all-too-human tendency to be ruled by limiting assumptions is the most insidious – the often invisible mix of outdated beliefs, false conclusions, and habits of thought that blind us to glorious new possibilities. That’s why all Idea Champions sessions include a deep dive into the phenomenon – at least one action learning challenge, debrief, and mindshift technique that allows participants to identify and transform their assumptions into powerful questions to resolve with others.
  9. 9. 4. CREATIVE THINKING
  10. 10. All Idea Champions sessions include the teaching and practice of creating thinking tools and techniques that enable participants go beyond left-brain dominance and tap into a higher realm of innate brilliance. These tools and techniques are easy-to-learn, highly effective, and can be immediately applied on the job.
  11. 11. 5. IDEATION
  12. 12. One of the deliverables of our sessions are powerful, new business growth ideas – both incremental and breakthrough. Participants not only get out of the box and ideate, they develop and refine their ideas.
  13. 13. 6. ACTION LEARNING
  14. 14. All Idea Champions sessions are a mix of thinking and doing. Taking our cue from decades of adult learning research and 25 years of inthe-trenches experience with a wide variety of industries, we are firm believers in the value of hands-on, action learning. Our goal? To spark the kind of insights, illuminations, and ahas that translate into sustainable behavior change that makes a difference.
  15. 15. 7. CONVERGENCE
  16. 16. It’s one thing to “get out of the box” – it’s quite another to do something practical with the insights and ideas that emerge from that experience. Which is why all our sessions end with “convergence” – the process of jump starting raw possibility into bottom line results. • Idea assessment • Sub group formation • Action Planning • Declarations of intent
  17. 17. 8. GREAT TAKEAWAYS
  18. 18. Each person who participates in an Idea Champions session receives a set of visually compelling materials to reinforce and extend the principles, tools, and techniques we teach. Some of these materials are used, real-time, in our sessions, some are used in the weeks that follow.
  19. 19. CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
  20. 20. "Idea Champions offers pragmatic tools and insights that enable innovation. Their approach is engaging, encouraging and creates an impetus for participants to apply the learning immediately." – Michael Serino, Senior Director, Merck
  21. 21. "Idea Champions has been a partner with the Chubb Business School for four years and has helped us drive the skillset and mindset of innovation throughout the organization. This partnership has resulted in an approach that focuses not only on the skill of creative thinking, but on the application of that learning. Several ideas from Chubb Business School have been pitched to our Venture Fund Team and received funding for development and implementation. Definitely solid ROI!" – Mary Ann Heenehan, Corporate Groups Development Manager
  22. 22. "As I reflect on your Ingenious Leadership session, I continue to find that the takeaways from that single day have proved to be much more valuable to me than some of the more extensive consulting inputs I have received from large brand name consultants my company interacts with. The practical emphasis you made on the human side of innovation hits the mark.” – Harry Kiskaddon, Vice President, Alcoa
  23. 23. "Idea Champions' highly engaging approach, combining creative energy and business practicality, is a real winner. Their process and practical tools helps people experience innovation in the moment, and more importantly, enables them to apply the learning back home with their own teams." – Mike Canning, CEO Duke Corporate Ed
  24. 24. "Idea Champions continues to be a terrific partner as we proceed on our innovation journey. They are highly knowledgeable about developing an innovative culture, know what to do and, more importantly, know what not to do. They are also wonderful facilitators of group training — both entertaining and educational. I recommend Idea Champions to any company looking to build their innovation capabilities!” - Darcy Smith, VP Subsidiary HR, Highmark
  25. 25. More client testimonials © ideachampions, 2014 www.ideachampions.com 845.679.1066

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