What You'll Learn
The Innovation Fast Track course has been created by, with, and for industry professionals. It’s designed to provide you with the multidisciplinary foundation upon which innovators rely to drive transformative change. The foundation includes:
How to apply user-centered design strategies to explore opportunities and ensure adoption by your intended audience
How to navigate organizational silos, structure competitive analysis, develop rapid business cases, and more
How to apply evangelism, storytelling, and presentation skills to articulate a vision, create advocacy, and win funding
How to define requirements and roadmaps and combine company-wide resources to bring innovation to market
Pre-Work: Define Opportunity Areas
Before attending the first class, you will be asked to complete an Opportunity Assessment Canvas. This will lay a practical foundation for defining what you want to get out of the course.
Week 1: What Is Innovation?
How do we define something as seemingly intangible as innovation? By exploring leading theories, practical application, and result-based outcomes.
Week 2: Unpack and Amplify Ideas
Going from the theoretical to the practical, we will unpack and score your most compelling ideas to set priorities, evaluate impact, and assess value.
Week 3: Clarify the Value Proposition and the Path Forward
Apply best practices to summarize the value proposition and define key activities, audiences, resources, revenue potential, and risk management.
Week 4: Evangelize and Package the Story
Innovation lives or dies by your ability to tell your story. Learn how to bring your vision to life through storytelling to drive advocacy and adoption.
Week 5: Pitch the Opportunity
The moment of truth. Participants have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas and convert their audience into advocates.
Post-Course: One-on-One Private Coaching
Included in Innovation Fast Track is a one-on-one coaching session at the conclusion of the course, to be used in whatever manner you choose. You can work with the course lead to refine your idea or sharpen your story, explore career paths and advancement, or gain insight into ways to create organizational change to foster innovation.
Upon completion, you will be empowered with tangible frameworks and best practices to deliver innovation, including:
Skill and Tools
Practical skills and tools to fast-track compelling, innovative experiences to market
Acting as a Change Agent
The ability to break down silos and drive structural change to unlock the innovation potential of your organization
The ability to articulate your vision to key stakeholders to gain alignment and buy-in
An industry-proven tool kit that will give you a competitive edge in accelerating your career in any organizational context
Enroll as a Team or Organization
The practice and application of innovation methodology is highly collaborative and team-based — which is why we believe that learning is better together. We can offer your organization a curriculum customized to your industry and market challenges. Think of us as an extended part of your team, working toward a shared goal: to address organizational and market challenges and create innovative solutions for your stakeholders and customers. Your team identifies the challenges; we customize and design presentations, exercises, case studies, and breakout sessions to help you achieve your goals. Scheduling is flexible, and we’ll work around your time constraints. Learn more.
Who Should Attend
Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for managers, executives, and aspiring leaders. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. The following are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. If you have a passion for innovation, this course is for you.
Years of Experience
For professionals with at least seven years of work experience; appropriate for both established and aspiring leaders
For professionals looking to harness their own innovation potential and managers who want to foster the potential of their teams
C-suite through middle management, including those in strategy, design, marketing, technology, R&D, product, sales, consulting, and finance
No formal prerequisites, but you should be passionate about innovation and looking to challenge the status quo
Why The New School
of participants mastered new tools and ways of thinking that were immediately applicable to their jobs
of participants felt faculty were knowledgeable and topics were relevant to their business
participants would recommend the program to a friend
You may be considering other programs that can teach you how to harness the power of innovation to close gaps in knowledge, achieve your goals, and advance your career, such as an MBA or another type of higher education. Although such programs have value, they are typically costly and impractical for the working professional. And they also tend to employ a shotgun approach where a laser is needed.
The Innovation Fast Track program was designed with the working professional in mind, providing a cost- and time-effective curriculum that cuts through typically unwieldy academia to get to the heart of practical, real-world-tested strategy and tactics to drive substantive transformation, as proved by industry leaders and experts.
- > What is innovation fast-tracking and why is it relevant today?
Innovation fast-tracking is about leveraging industry-proven processes to foster innovation and accelerate its advocacy and adoption. It’s about learning how to effectively navigate or optimize existing organizational structures to create streamlined “fast lanes” to innovation. It is highly relevant to all industries because it’s the only competitive advantage in a marketplace where you disrupt or get disrupted.
- > Will I earn a certificate?
Yes; you will receive a Certificate of Completion in Innovation Fast Track: From Vision to Delivery. Please note that this is not a degree-granting program. It is a practical, actionable, real-world curriculum designed for working professionals.
- > Whom will this program benefit?
People in any career can benefit from this program, since all industries depend on the ability to innovate. The methodologies taught are universal and applicable to all kinds of companies and organizations.
- > Are there prerequisites?
- > What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers the entire five-week course and a post-course one-on-one coaching session. You will also receive valuable IP in the form of original Canvasses you can apply to explore and benefit from any opportunity or challenge.
- > What projects will I work on during the course?
During the course, you will work on whatever initiatives you would like. We provide the framework and tools for you to plug in your own custom innovation projects. At the culmination of the course, you pitch your ideas to the class and industry leaders.
- > How is an online/virtual live format different from an on-campus format?
Other than the fact that you are not in a physical classroom, there is not much difference at all. This course is completely immersive and interactive. The exercises you complete are shared in class and in breakout sessions with the course leads, participants, and industry leaders.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:30 P.M. EST
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