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Innovation Training: Becoming a Master Innovator

Innovation is not an amateur sport. —Jeff DeGraff

Innovation is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and mastered. We provide innovation training to help leaders become “creativizers” through a See One, Do One, Teach One (SODOTO) approach, which is much like the apprenticeship model used in medical school. It involves developing highly experienced, internal innovation leaders who learn first by example, then by working on actual projects. Finally, they share their knowledge with others, replicating the process throughout the organization.

Case Study: The Art of Experimentation in Art Museums

ef20b940-e56f-4301-85ab-d14321d0edf6As preservers of timeless beauty, art museums are structured to move slowly. Museum professionals are trained in the academic model — they compete for resources and attention by taking years (sometimes a decade or more) to perfect a single exhibit. However, that model is being disrupted by generational and societal shifts.

The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, along with the Nelson-Atkins, Carnegie, Toledo, and High museums of art, developed a consortium to explore what it would look like to buck their institutional histories and work in an experimental, fast manner. The results were amazing.






Case Study: Reinventing Retirement for the Millennial Generation

We provided innovation training for Prudential.Prudential Retirement Services is a large business unit of Prudential Financial Inc., and offers diverse retirement solutions to its global providers. As a member of “The Rock,” the company is focused on providing financial stability and security.

Senior leadership understood the changing dynamics of the market. They knew market adaptability required a diverse set of leaders who would prepare their teams to be out in front.  The company now conducts innovation workshops to develop “creativizers” who apply the SODOTO principles.

Click here to read how Donna Dunn, Vice President of Process Excellence, is embracing failure as a faster pathway to success.