Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills for Innovative Disruption


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Innovation is a big buzzword that means different things to different people. Where do innovative and revolutionary business ideas come from? According to research by Hal Gregersen, co-author of The Innovator's DNA and executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, mastering five key skills forms the foundation for finding ideas that create value. Phil Budden, senior lecturer in MIT Sloan's TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic-management) Group, also provides his expertise on how to foster innovation within your organization and nurture an innovation ecosystem. This business innovation course helps executives learn to achieve breakthrough insights through self-assessment, catalytic questioning, deep observation, diverse networking, and rapid experimentation through various breakout sessions.

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Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills for Innovative Disruption
Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation
Location: Live Online
Tuition: $4,500
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 2

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Every great innovator, from Jeff Bezos to Steve Jobs, excels at asking the right questions. Day in and day out they seek provocative new insights by getting out of their offices and into the real world, actively observing, networking, and experimenting to generate valuable new ideas. By doing so, they improve our lives and grow our economy, finding new solutions to the most challenging problems we face. Innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs act differently to think differently and, in the end, they make a significant impact.

Building on industry experience, hundreds of interviews, and more than ten thousand survey assessments, Gregersen and Budden deliver unique insights into the behaviors of extraordinary innovators. In this business innovation course you will learn and practice important discovery skills that lead to new and disruptive innovation, ranging from building sustainably innovative teams to product improvement to new market creation in order to generate valuable new economic growth.

These key innovation skills include:

  • Questioning the status quo
  • Observing the world like anthropologists
  • Networking with diverse people to get new ideas
  • Experimenting in small, fast, and cheap ways to reach novel solutions
  • Connecting typically unconnected insights to deliver disruptive new business ideas
  • Nurturing an innovation ecosystem

To put this innovation strategy into practice, you will identify an individual challenge for which you seek a solution and commit to innovating around that challenge throughout the two days. You will also engage in a personal diagnostic assessment to better understand your own innovation and execution- focused leadership skills.


Participant Testimonial

"It is a 'must-attend' course. Hal Gregersen is excellent, knows perfectly his subject and knows how to share his experience. The course provides a lot of tools and methodologies that can be used from day 1 when back at work. Acting differently to make a difference really becomes up to us, no more excuses !" -Patrick B.

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