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If you were to take an informal poll of C-suite executives about the most important quality they look for in potential hires, one answer would emerge as a clear winner: innovative thinking. That’s because in today’s fast-moving and global economy, innovative thinking isn’t reserved for the “dreamers” in R&D; it’s a crucial attribute for employees in every department at every level—and especially in leadership positions—that’s called into action every day.
The statistics show what happens when you don’t innovate: Of the original 1955 Fortune 500 list, only 71 companies are still in business today. And recent research from The Economist shows that nearly half of the respondents to their global survey say their companies have no system in place that helps them learn from failures.
Many organizations say they support innovation. They talk a lot about “forward-thinking strategies” and “brainstorming” and other seemingly innovative ideas. But if you dig a little more deeply, you’ll find that it’s still today’s results being rewarded by management, not the work done to create future possibilities. So if it’s going to survive—and if it wants to thrive—a business has to invest in a culture of innovation.
If it’s going to survive, a business has to invest in a culture of innovation.
Helping companies develop this all-important innovation culture is the mission of an online learning program called Innovator’s Accelerator. Created and taught by the world’s leading experts on innovation—Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gregersen—Innovator’s Accelerator gives employees throughout an organization the tools they need to improve their innovative thinking abilities and become catalysts for change in their organizations.
To meet the needs of businesses big and small, Innovator’s Accelerator is offered in two versions:
IA is a concentrated experience focused on developing individual innovation skills. It’s a self-paced, 12-hour that employees can start at any time, working alongside either colleagues from their own company or with others around the world.
IAx is a deep-dive, online learning experience designed specifically for company cohorts. By working together, leaders learn to overcome obstacles and drive change throughout an organization as well as develop a common innovation language that fosters transformation in workplace culture.
Both versions of Innovator’s Accelerator are delivered digitally to the desktop or mobile device and feature video lectures and real-world case studies to give employees valuable inside information on how trailblazing startups—and Fortune 500 companies—have leveraged innovative thinking to drive success.
Each of the experts who lead Innovator’s Accelerator have decades of classroom experience at the nation’s most prestigious universities— Harvard, BYU,Wharton, INSEAD— and have sparked innovation in some of the globe’s most powerful companies:
For many organizations, the transition to a more innovative workforce is daunting. But with experiences like Innovator’s Accelerator, they can now take positive and practical steps to embrace the change and set themselves on a course to success in the new economy.