We believe that any organisation could and should be innovative. Innovation can occur from different sources and come in various forms, but only companies who build internal innovation capabilities can sustain growth and profitability. Think of Apple, Google or Salesforce.com and how often you read about their innovation culture or processes.
Six Paths Consulting helps companies build innovation capabilities by developing people and teams, implementing innovation processes and optimizing their organisational structure to support innovation.
These are some of the typical workshops proposed within project assignments that can also be delivered as stand-alone programmes.
1. Blue ocean strategy® workshop
The process and tools behind formulating Blue ocean strategy
Course duration: 1 or 2 days
Target group: senior or middle management
- Learn the blue ocean strategy principles and formulation process and how you can create a leap in value for both your buyers and your company, by applying it in various scenarios, e.g. business model innovation, product / service innovation or improving customer experience
- Understand and learn how to use the ‘BOS’ tools to drive fundamental innovation initiatives or to creatively pursue any commercial opportunities
- Strengthen your organization’s innovation capabilities by providing the participants with sound innovation processes, tools and by stimulating an innovation mindset
- Develop a market opportunity-centered business plan and ‘go-to-market’ proposals
Blue Ocean Strategy workshop brochure
2. Creative thinking and innovation workshop
The concepts and tools for boosting creativity and innovation in individuals, teams and organisations
Course duration: 2 days
Target group: middle management
- Enhance performance and results through innovation and creative thinking
- Learn practical frameworks and tools that can be used by participants to help them structure successful innovation in various areas of the business
- Explore different techniques for managing creative organisations (for example: managing stakeholders resistance and skepticism, educating teams to become more innovative etc.)
- Contribute to the development of an environment of creativity and innovation in the organization
Creative thinking and innovation workshop brochure
3. Change management workshop
Manage change and transitions in a proactive and engaging way
Course duration: 1-2 days
Target group: middle and lower management
- Acquire concrete techniques and develop constructive behaviours to manage change and transitions in a proactive and engaging way
- Learn about the role of leadership and leadership styles in relation to change, what change management is, drivers and barriers to change
- Learn practical frameworks and tools for structuring change initiatives, such as the 8-Step Change Management Process and Stakeholders Communication Strategy
Download PDF: Change management workshop brochure
4. Tipping point leadership workshop
Techniques for executing innovating strategies fast and at low cost
Course duration: 1 day
Target group: top and middle management
- Understand the potential barriers to strategy execution
Anticipate the likely organizational consequences and prepare for change
- Explore different techniques that can help to implement a strategy more quickly, even within constraints of limited budget and resources , by acting on disproportionate factors of influence
Download PDF: Tipping point leadership workshop brochure
Our work with companies involves an assessment of the current innovation capabilities and recommendations on how is innovation defined internally, measured and rewarded. Innovation processes are crucial for organisations and our role is to recommend and implement the most appropriate ones.
Of course, there is no such as thing as one recipe fits all. Different organisations embrace different organizational structures and practices that suit them best.
For example, BMW has used a very centralised approach to innovating, with dedicated project teams assigned from all parts of the organization: engineering, design, production, marketing, purchasing, and finance gathered from various locations to the Research and Innovation Center to improve communication and to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts.
On the other side we have organisations like Google embracing a decentralised approach, allowing each employee to contribute to the creation of new products and services – see for example the famous 20% rule, where employees were allowed to work on any project they want one day per week (apparently this started to change recently with Google working with dedicated teams of experts to come up with more breakthrough innovations outside their traditional focus, for example Google Glass).
Our role is to help companies find the organisational structure that best fits their strategic objectives. We strongly believe that it’s strategy who shapes structure and not the other way around: innovative companies build innovation cultures. Needless to say the top leadership is crucial for changes to be implemented fast.
Our work involves analyzing the current situation, making recommendations based on the best practices and implementation.