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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 includes 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.

We shared the latest major research study on all this, “Innovation for the Recovery”. It identified many of the key issues - and we suggested some radical ways of dealing with them.

One case study was on the seminal thinking, tools and techniques of the great American inventor, Thomas Edison, father of the light bulb and a hundred other ground-breaking innovations. Edison not only had extraordinary creativity, he also organised consistently to turn ideas into reality.

Here are ten big issues that were addressed at the masterclass:

Making sure that the organisation’s goals are fully lined up with the innovation programme
Creating an innovation culture supportive of turning ideas into reality
Dealing with financial constraints, lack of time and resource
Managing and simplifying complex internal processes - and "hurdling" the barriers
Handling pushback and risk-aversion from senior management
Getting everyone into the boat and pulling in the same direction
Managing risk while working at speed
Protecting the "big idea"
Problem-solving emerging issues effectively
Involving consumers, customers and experts directly in the creative development process

If you are interested in hosting this or any other of our innovation masterclasses within your organisation or would like to know where next we will be visiting, please email Roger Neill 

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