Getting your innovation training right

Innovation training. Few companies do it. Most should. In fact, we believe innovation training is a core capability lacking in virtually every firm we meet. Innovation should be an embedded core competence in virtually every modern firm. Most often, it is not.

Today we work with a growing number of companies to help them develop innovation strategies, innovation capabilities and create more innovative organizations. Through the prism of strategic innovation, an increasing number of executives come to realize that their focus on current, on-going operations have taken too much time and attention over “creating the future”. “Strategy” has become staid, repetitive one-year action plans. Slowly, gradually, many executive teams unbeknowingly slide into a year-after-year repetition of the past.

Enter, strategic innovation. In an increasing number of firms we meet, we are now seeing firms scale of their strategic ambitions, their strategic creativity and their strategic and organizational capability. For many, innovation training is one core method of building their new future. Rather than relying on consultants alone, the firms wants to build their innovation skills in-house. “As innovation becomes an important skill set, large organizations will seek to obtain training for their employees” , says Jeffrey Phillips.

Now, few HR departments have much experience with innovation training programs. Phillips’ article “How to Assess an Innovation Training Program” is an excellent piece of advice. Phillips, a long-time advisor and consultant on innovation has written a timely and well-argued blog article.

For any company or team looking to start their innovation training, this is well worth the read. “We stand on the brink of an innovation training “land rush” with few rules and little information to identify the best programs. Evaluating an innovation training program is critical. Assess programs based on their depth, the experience of the trainers, the referenced body of knowledge and the inclusion of practical examples and hands-on exercises. Ignore certifications, because no standard exists», says Phillips.

Read the article here