ArticlesJude Kelly OBE:
Project Manager Extraordinaire

by Alison Duffy

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Thomas Edison:
Father of Innovation Management

by Roger Neill

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101 Things to Know About
Managing Projects

(that they probably didn’t tell you on the training course)
by Roger Neill

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Introducing the Innovation Cauldron®

While most organisations create a steady stream of incremental innovations, many have great difficulty creating real breakthroughs.  We have designed the Innovation Cauldron® to create an environment for such organisations, in which breakthrough innovations can happen or wicked problems can be solved.

An Innovation Cauldron® event is a remarkable, themed event in an inspiring venue.  It takes place over three days, during which participants are given time and space to think, explore and express themselves.  They explore ideas using a variety of creativity techniques from business and the arts, and are supported, encouraged and pushed to the edge by experienced facilitators.  By working with others, individuals share ideas, collaborate and create something new together.  It is intense but also hugely enjoyable.

In advance, participants are advised that they will be doing something very different and they must be willing to suspend their disbelief.  Just as in theatre, they must be willing to enter a different world for a short while to experience something potentially transformational.

During the three days, the group goes on a journey together.  By day three, they are brought back to ‘normality’ in order to make it as easy as possible for them to take what they have worked on back into the business and to make it work.

This Innovation Cauldron® event provides a melting pot for ideas.  It creates an environment in which diverse views, experience and knowledge can be brought together in order to create step-change.  Participants are invited to work together to share ideas, to explore possibilities and to shape solutions, in a manner they have not experienced before.

If you would like to talk to us about creating an Innovation Cauldron® event for your organisation, please contact us by
email or call us on 01869 810160.

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Innovation Masterclass in Manila - 8 November
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Manila Masterclass

Introducing Innovation Triage® - a tool to help identify hidden barriers to breakthrough innovation.
Innovation Triage® is a diagnostic tool that we’ve been developing with our clients over recent years.  It’s designed to assess thoroughly where organisations and teams are in terms of breakthrough innovation. 

It identifies the key barriers, which are sometimes hidden from senior management, and recommends the appropriate treatment.  It is built in response to the latest innovation research studies conducted by colleagues at City University London, and our own extensive experience in innovation.

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Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership - Alison shares her experiences from her first year of study.
As one of the first intake for this new, multi-disciplinary Masters at City University London, I feel like a pioneer.  There are twenty of us, all different ages and from a variety of backgrounds including large corporates, consultancies, arts organisations, charities and public sector.    

Masters in Innovation, Creativity & Leadership, City University, London

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Turning Ideas Into Action Masterclass goes to Sydney in April 2011
Monday 18 April at UTS in Sydney (10am-4.30pm)

Roger’s 2011 trip to Australia took him to Sydney where he delivered our popular innovation masterclass, Turning Ideas into Action.  This workshop-style event included a variety of compelling case studies from around the world.  It focused on the major barriers that seem consistently to get in the way of implementing innovation projects in companies large and small.

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Turning Ideas Into Action Masterclass - Thursday 11 November at Cass Business School
Led by Roger Neill, Managing Partner of Per Diem and Director of the Centre for Creativity, City University London.

Come and join us at our Turning Ideas into Action Masterclass.  It will be focused on the barriers that seem consistently to get in the way of implementing innovation projects in companies large and small.  For many organisations, the problem is not so much coming up with breakthrough ideas, rather it’s getting them through to the market place intact.

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Brand Renovation Masterclass - 7th October 2010 at Cass Business School
We thought you would like to see the list of ‘commandments’ we put together at our recent Brand Renovation Masterclass.

Ten (plus) Commandments of Brand Renovation

Have a vision and a leader to steer towards it

Define the desired destination and directions
Know your consumer
Be aware and respond to the environment - keep up with changing times and keep ahead of the pack

Establish continuous improvement and step change

Know what you are good at, write it down, share best practice and build on it

Remember the DNA that is woven out of strengths - acknowledge the founding myth and retain or retrieve core values and ideas

Dismantle and remove what’s bad

Consider disruption to be a good thing

Be disciplined

Keep it simple, avoid complexity

Be flexible within boundaries

Discover how to be different, better and special

Understand and embrace cultural difference

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Creative Leadership Masterclass at Cass Business School

We held the first of our intensive, one-day Innovation Masterclasses on 9th September at Cass Business School. 'Creative Leadership' was the topic and our starting point was based on two pieces of recent research. The first was IBM's 'Capitalizing on Complexity', a global study of CEOs, which ranks 'creative leadership' as the number one desired leadership competency. The second was NESTA 'Everyday Innovation - How to enhance innovative working in employees and organisations' research study, conducted by Prof Fiona Patterson and her team at the Work Pschology Group. Fiona provided a rich and thought-provoking insight into the research findings.

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Innovation Masterclasses
Our intensive one-day Innovation Masterclasses focus on three specific aspects of innovation that seem to cause problems ‘Creative Leadership’, ‘Brand Renovation’ and ‘Turning Ideas into Action’.  The Masterclasses will tackle key issues for those in marketing, sales, R&D, supply chain, project management, design, or any other aspect of innovation.

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City University London launches the new Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership
The Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership is a two year, part-time course that comprehensively covers the whole range of leading-edge skills and knowledge in the field.

It is centred on an area in which so many organisations still feel rather ill-equipped and we are not aware of anything else quite like it out there.

Is it something you might be interested in doing?

Or one of your colleagues?

Is it something that your organisation might support financially?

Read more about it at the City University.

City University London Press Release, June 2009
City recruits former Saatchi director to inject creativity into the curriculum.

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Facilitation Masterclass
On Thursday 6th November 2008 we held our new Facilitation Masterclass at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

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Ideas into Action Masterclass
On Tuesday 24th June 2008, we held our ‘Ideas into Action’ masterclass at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

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