I have developed facilitation skills which support a team, or individual, in systematically solving problems or making decisions. Through discussion with the client and supported by a "Toolbox" of techniques which I call FaST - Focused and Systematic Thinking, I can tailor the approach to the problem or decision at hand.
There are many things that can go wrong in innovation and my 20 years of experience in different innovation roles combined with my project management experience (I am PMP certified) puts me in a position to advise on and support the development of new processes and fine tuning of existing processes.
Success in innovation depends upon individual team members having certain thinking skills that are not often taught in school or university. Within Ciba and BASF I have developed and delivered training courses in the skills used in problem-solving, decision-making and innovation. Follow-up coaching and mentoring was a key part of this training process.
The company culture and the way people interact is more important to successful innovation than any hard skills in science, engineering or design. The tools I work with have been developed to facilitate effective interactions and so develop the best possible result from the skills available.
Not sure if our bespoke innovation is for you? Try one of our open training seminars. These are similar to our in-house seminars but focused on individual users rather than a team.
In one of our open seminars you will meet other participants from a range of companies and industries but with similar interests in innovation and problems solving. There will be plenty of opportunity to network and learn from each other. In fact, the structure of the seminar is designed to ensure this.
When we have a problem we often just jump in, find an idea and then assume that the problem is solved. This is like deciding we want to grow something, taking one seed, planting it and hoping that we will get something to harvest. The Concept Garden web application is a set of tools and techniques to help with the different stages of problem solving. There are tools to study the problem (prepare the ground), generate ideas (plant the seeds), select the preferred options (thin the seedlings), build the ideas (grow the plants) and record the final concept (harvest the fruit). The Concept Garden is a web application consisting of a set of tools and techniques to help with the different stages of problem solving. There are tools to study the problem (prepare the ground), generate ideas (plant the seeds), select the preferred options (thin the seedlings), build the ideas (grow the plants) and record the final concept (harvest the fruit). The Concept Garden is a web application that cosnists of a series of "thinking tools" to help with this problem solving process.