"It was impressive to see Ken facilitate very unique, creative and innovative workshops while keeping connected to our business strategies and end goals. He broadened our perspective corporately by helping us see more possibilities and less barriers. Most importantly, he provoked thought and reflection on both an organizational and individual level.”
Jackie Barber, Senior Vice President HR & Governance
“Ken definitely pushed our boundaries and provided a learning experience more unique than we ever expected. He provided us with creative tools for taking on business challenges and a new lens to identify potential opportunities.”
Debbie Pratt, Vice President, Retail Banking
ART + ANALYSIS
Ken’s Innovation and Creativity training program, first developed for First Calgary Financial, is a synthesis of leading thinking on the subject of innovation. Ken combines his twenty years of artistic knowledge with innovation techniques developed by the industry's leading thinkers. Field trips to plays, art galleries and artists' private studios provide examples – and follow-up workshops provide opportunities to apply innovation principles to your business.
The result of Creative thinking in business? A team that is more creative, more innovative and more engaged … a team that can offer breakthrough thinking on issues that have stumped the organization.
Innovation and Creativity in Business training program can be customized to your employees' needs. A weekend intensive or multi-week program are all options.
SKILLS FOR DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
The authors of The Innovator’s DNA conducted an eight-year collaborative study of the world’s most innovative companies and CEOs. They uncovered the key skills which, when engaged in consistently, trigger innovation – delivering new businesses, products, services, and/or processes. They are: Questioning, Observing, Networking and Experimenting. Together these simple everyday skills result in Associative Thinking.
The Innovator’s DNA calls this “disruptive innovation” because it disrupts the status quo and leads to profitable ideas.
Ken’s Innovation and Creativity in Business training program uses these key skills as themes for each module. By looking at how artists, writers, actors and filmmakers use these skills to create works that break the mould, participants can analyze the attitudes, habits and behaviours that lead to innovative thinking. Then these same successful patterns can be reintegrated to your work by applying them to business problems that are pertinent to your organization.
Ken developed a seven-week program for First Calgary Financial. Five different skills were paired with a different art event taking place within the city. A private pre-show conversation or private gallery tour was arranged with key artistic personnel, offering insights into the creation of the work. The team visited The Museum Of Contemporary Art Calgary, The High Performance Rodeo, Theatre Junction and metalsmith Jeff de Boer’s private studio.
Every Friday Ken debriefed with the team, identifying how the key theme of the week could be seen in the Field Trip. The group applied these skills to one or more “business challenges” which had been selected in advance in consultation with the project’s executive sponsors.