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Innovation Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Transformation

Innovation Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Transformation

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Innovation Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Transformation


What does it take to be a leader of innovation? Do you need to be a brilliant agitator like Steve Jobs? A driven workaholic with a passion to change the world like Tesla’s Elon Musk? There’s more to success than being loud and charismatic; truly innovative leaders are always looking for ways to take existing ingredients—the same ones everyone else has access to—and combine them in unique ways. This course helps participants develop the mentality needed to become a champion of innovation and inspire an organizational culture that values and encourages new ideas. They will learn to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom and industry models that have defined their business.

Taught by NYU Stern Clinical Associate Professor Luke Williams, a leading innovation consultant, speaker and author of the international bestseller Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, participants will delve into the motivation and mindset of an innovation leader. The course combines presentations and discussion with hands-on activities where participants apply disruptive innovation principles to business issues and scenarios. They will leave with practical exercises that help guide teams through the innovation process, from examining hypotheses to generating ideas to crafting a compelling pitch.

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This course builds upon the concepts and skills taught in Change Leadership: Strategies for Organizational Growth in a Dynamic WorldSave 15% by taking both courses in our Leading Innovative Transformation bundle.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. This program is also eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NASBA.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Motivation

    Develop the attitude and critical thinking skills needed to become a disruptive leader of innovative teams and organizations
  • Mindfulness

    Build an awareness of thinking habits that keep teams and organizations locked into the status quo
  • Methods

    Practice using tools, frameworks and exercises that help break teams out of tired habits in order to discover innovative ideas and opportunities

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Professionals interested in growing their company, influencing organizational culture and inspiring innovation among their teams
  • Professionals who want to recognize ingrained practices in their industry that may be holding them back
  • Professionals looking to learn new innovation tools and methods they can apply across multiple settings


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 1: Ideas as Recipes for Generating New Value and Wealth

  • Introduction to understanding the value of ideas and innovation
  • Applying disruptive leadership to innovation challenges

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Session 2: Provoking Organizational Processes and Behaviors with Innovation Hypotheses

  • Identifying the assumptions and conventions that influence the way producers and consumers think about your business
  • How to break through the boundaries of your industry situation
  • Generating deliberately unreasonable "what if" questions

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Day 1 Conclusion and Evaluations

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 3: Building and Leading Innovative Teams

  • From command and control to connect and collaborate
  • The importance of innovation leadership
  • Building and leading innovative teams

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Session 4: Pitching Innovative Ideas to the Organization and External Stakeholders

  • Establishing the inadequacy of the status quo
  • Delivering unexpected insights and opportunities to foster curiosity
  • Building belief in the value an idea delivers

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations

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