Razor-thin margins. Increased global competition. A roller-coaster economy. The pressure to keep up with lightning-quick product development cycles. In today’s leaner, meaner organization, it often feels like it’s impossible to keep up with the competing demands on time, much less find ways to get ahead of the curve.
But companies can create and sustain their competitive advantage in an uncertain world – if they put a premium on innovation. Research makes it very clear that we are in a new era in which today’s competitive advantage may become tomorrow’s albatross unless leaders make innovation a strategic priority. In fact, a recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. And without innovative leadership, the results can be catastrophic. Think Blockbuster. Eastman Kodak. Hostess Brands.
Because innovation is still an unnatural mindset for most leaders, companies can’t just hope that innovation will happen. It requires commitment, attention, and, most of all, action. Doing the work it takes to embrace innovation may feel daunting. But the good news is recent research shows that innovators aren’t born, they’re made, and innovation is a skill that can be learned—by anyone.
This insight is the foundation of a new online learning program called Innovator’s Accelerator. Created and taught by world’s leading experts on innovation—Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gregersen—Innovator’s Accelerator gives emerging leaders tools that will transform them into innovators ready to be catalysts for change in their organizations.
Built to meet the needs of today’s leaders, Innovator’s Accelerator delivers content that goes far beyond what’s found in traditional learning programs. Delivered digitally to the desktop or mobile device, the content is engaging and interactive, with dozens of videos and plenty of peer-to-peer inspiration—and healthy competition. It’s designed to build skills quickly and prepare leaders to innovate immediately.
Because the content is delivered digitally in just a few hours each week over the course of a six week period, it’s a great solution for companies who don’t have the bandwidth—or budget—to send employees offsite.
Each of the teachers who lead Innovator’s Accelerator has decades of classroom teaching experience at some of the world’s most prestigious universities—Harvard, Wharton, INSEAD—and have sparked innovation in some of the globe’s most powerful companies:
Clayton M.Christensen (DBA, Harvard Business School) is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and is the founder of Innosight. Regarded as one of the world’sforemost experts on innovation and growth, he is the best-selling and award-winning author of eight books, including The New York Times bestseller The Innovator’s Dilemma. His research has transformed startups, Fortune 500 companies and national economics.
Jeff Dyer (PhD, UCLA) is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at Brigham Young University. He is the co-author of The Innovator’s DNA, and his book, Collaborative Advantage, won the Shingo Prize Research Award. Dyer regularly consults and speaks on innovation and strategy and his research has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Economist, Fortune, BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal. He previously taught at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and was manager at consultancy Bain & Company.
Hal Gregersen (PhD, University of California, Irvine) is the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chaired Professor of Innovation and Leadership at INSEAD. His trilogy of books, The Innovator’s DNA, Leading Strategic Change and Global Explorers, reflects a lifelong commitment to developing leaders who make a difference. He regularly delivers inspirational keynote speeches on innovation and change throughout the world and is founder of the 4.24 project, dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions of adults to ultimately cultivate and sharpen the curiosity of the world’s children.
Innovator’s Accelerator comprises state-of-the-art content delivered over six weeks (30 hours), including:
Many people believe that the most innovative ideas come from people working together, so Innovator’s Accelerator has been created specifically for exclusive business cohorts. Companies can create their own cohort(s) or let their employees join a mixed cohort with participants from other organizations.
As technology and globalization continue to change the business world at record-breaking rates, companies have to focus on innovation to have the greatest chance of survival. And now that research shows that innovation can be learned, there’s never been a better time to invest in training that supports innovative thinking in business leaders.