The School of Life for Business

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We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

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Innovation 

It’s one thing to have a good idea and another thing to put that idea into practice. In this session, we think about what to do once a good idea has struck, from the first prototype to keeping your stakeholders on board as you scale up over years.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Practise prototyping designs and pitching so that stakeholders buy into our ideas

• Consider how to keep multiple stakeholders in the loop and engaged over the long run

• Think through how to keep our project going long term

• Explore our responses to failure and risk, where they come from in our lives, and how we can embrace risk, overcome difficulty, and learn from setbacks
 

Definition

Innovation is the skill of further developing good ideas, putting them into practice and in particular successfully leading a team or organisation through innovative change.


What characterises mastery of this skill?

Innovative employees can often be found in leadership positions. They are confident and willing to take on risks, responsibilities and even accept failure for the sake of significant business development. Atypical ideas and thinking are welcomed by them rather than punished and criticised. In order to lead a team towards innovative change, they actively promote change, emphasize its importance and serve as a strong role model by adapting to change themselves.


What characterises a lack of this skill?

A lack of innovation can be observed by a tendency to rigid rather than flexible thinking. These employees find it hard to let go of doubts, concerns, and anxiety regarding change of their products, services or their company. When discussing potential innovation they tend to emphasize limits. Their passivity might slow down the process of innovation. They prefer to have someone else take the lead in development and implementation of new ideas.
 

Testimonials 

‘It demonstrated the importance of confidence in enacting change, though tempered by setting realistic expectations’

‘I learned how to structure innovative thinking, and combine areas of potential and constraint into innovative ideas’

‘I reminded me to be bold, brave and don't be scared to fail when trying new things!’


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