MGSM Executive Education has a suite of four programs centered around innovation.
While there are degrees of overlap, each program complements the next as they target “whole of organisation” innovation for senior leaders, through to hands-on practical programs for managers to use on projects.
There are even two programs related to the mindset you bring to innovation, which can be used on a daily basis.
Innovation Lab; 23 – 24 Aug
This program is not your usual classroom based learning event but is a truly experiential lab environment where participants will utilise tools and explore the concepts of innovation to build the skills needed in a world of rapid change.
“The facilitator was very effective – great stories which brought the concepts to life. I now know how critical emotional intelligence is to an “effective” life. The people in the group – mix of backgrounds, organisations and experience. The diversity was really useful.”
Lean Start Up is just one of the concepts introduced in this program. This Harvard Business Review article clearly and concisely explains what the lean start up philosophy is and how the methodology works, especially in relation to increasing the chance of success for start-ups and new units in organisations: Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything.
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Navigating Wicked Problems; 18-19 Aug
This program is designed to provide the frameworks, tools and techniques needed to navigate in environments defined by ambiguity, where clear problem definitions and solutions do not exist.
“This is probably one of the most enlightening courses I have ever attended. My background is very process and project driven, so I assume all problems can be solved and have a tendency to apply the same standard process across the board. I didn’t even know problems could be defined as “Wicked”.”
This HBR article suggests that many strategic issues are intractable, do not have a right answer, are hard to define and impossible to completely understand at any one time – i.e. they are “Wicked”.
It provides a useful guide “The 10 Properties of Wicked Problems” and provides numerous examples of organisations that have identified the difference between hard, persistent problems and this special category of wicked problems. The article also has a case study of an organisation that has thrived by adopting a conscious Wicked Problem identification and adaptive strategy: Strategy as a Wicked Problem.
The Innovation Architect; 11-12 Oct
Professor Paddy Miller from IESE (one of Europe’s top business schools) is here for the next Innovation Architect in October, our flagship international program for 2016.
In this program participants will utilise evidence-based approaches, learn key skills and be introduced to the newest strategies on innovation within an organisational context.
“Incredibly entertaining, intellectually stimulating presenter.”
“I had to lobby to come here – it is not the sort of thing a science/research organisation normally considers for professional development. I will however be recommending to colleagues across the macro-science system in NZ.”
Here is Professor Paddy Miller’s co-authored Harvard Business Review article, entitled The Case for Stealth Innovation. This article will give you a great insight into what the program is, and what it isn’t.
Design Thinking; 16-18 Nov
This hands-on course is designed to introduce you to a dynamic new way of approaching business conundrums: Design Thinking.
“An immersive experience-based workshop that can help solve business problems in a creative and collaborative way, always with the customer at the heart.”
Here is a short HBR article that captures the essence of what design thinking actually is. It neatly posits some essential elements of how successful designers work, and how these can be applied in general business thinking and problem solving processes.
The Design Thinking program explores this further, and supplies techniques that you can use in your role, with your team and in your organisation: The Four Phases of Design Thinking.