Be a Catalyst for Innovation

Be a Catalyst for Innovation

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You can dream! - Now let’s do!

For business leaders and entrepreneurs who are:

  • willing to break with management traditions,
  • open to tinkering with their ideas,
  • eager to lead others to unleash theirs, and
  • prepared to experiment with new execution and delivery strategies.

It is for the dreamer in all of us and the doer in some of us. If you can dream and you want to learn how to “do” – to lead as well as roll up your sleeves for creative new innovations – this course is for you.

How Much is a Good Idea Worth?

“Be a Catalyst for Innovation” applauds the role that innovators have played in the growth of companies, industries, and economies worldwide. Innovators and entrepreneurs do the work that matters most to long-term growth – the work of originality, creativity, and experimentation.

Innovation has always been the greatest hope for economic growth throughout history.  And it always will be. The promise of innovation is potential solutions to some of the toughest technological, business, and social challenges of our times.  New ideas are the only source of growth not subject to the laws of diminishing returns. Unlike people, machines, and physical resources which run their normal course and wear out, new ideas are bounded only by the imagination. They are a treasure trove of unbounded future opportunities.

If you are not good at predicting the future, then help invent it – through unleashing new ideas, both yours and others, and help achieve exciting and unexpected results. Learn how to reshape the sense of what is possible. Learn the “art of possibility” – and along with it the exhilaration of managing new vistas and launching bold new innovations.

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Primary Program Objectives

Learn how to successfully execute “Big Ideas”

New “Big Ideas” don’t do well in pre-existing management structures and processes.  Big ideas are a disruptive presence in the marketplace, and need distinctive new approaches to the workplace.  These challenges require more than a “How to” approach to innovation.

As a result, this course is a “What if” course!   “What if” you thought differently about how to create new products and processes, and were able to compete more boldly? “What if” you could become a force for innovation in your company and a beacon in your industry? “What if” you changed the way you see things, and the things you see change? “What if” you became a catalyst for achieving growth beyond historical norms?  Individuals and companies who have achieved market leadership often started out being considered upstarts, outliers, or wild cards.  “What if” you were thought of as such - someone who engages in “professionally deviant” behavior – as most innovators and creative and successful people are often viewed?  “What if?”

In addition,

  • Discover how to be a genuine “selfcatalyst” innovator
  • Learn what is involved in being a “difference maker” in leading others to be innovators
  • Understand different “Innovation Styles” and processes
  • Discover what successful innovators do to achieve their success
  • Simulate how to drive innovation within your organization

 

“What will make the course a success in the eyes of those who attend?”

The answer is simple: “Be a Catalyst for Innovation” will be a success if it opens your eyes, engages your imagination, and encourages you to think bigger, broader, and more creatively, and to aim higher, farther, and more confidently than you ever have before. It will be a success if it equips you to act more boldly as a leader of innovation and more decisively as a competitor.

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Costs, Dates, and Registration

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March 24 & 25, 2015

 

Fee:  $1,699.00 per person.    10% discount to UNH alumni.
Early bird:  $1,530 when you enroll by February 10, 2015

 

Fees are inclusive of: All pre-work and program materials; meals during the program (breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon breaks); and 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

 

Registration and Cancelation Policies:

No penalty and full refunds for cancelations up to 30 days.  UNH reserves the right to cancel this program up to 14 days in advance.

For detailed information, please see our cancelation policy.

Learning Experience

A sample schedule for the 2 day Lead Innovation Within Your Organization program follows. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and a more detailed agenda will be presented to enrolled participants.

 

Pre-work

 

Day 1

Day 2

Reading assignments on the topic of Innovation within an organization

 

Individual innovation assessments

 

Case studies

 

 Book: “The Innovator’s DNA”

Morning

Session

The Landscape and Language of Innovation

  • What is innovation?
  • The context for innovation
  • Approaches to innovation
  • The Innovator’s mind set

Individual Best Practices of

Innovation

 

Disruptive innovators – and the lessons they provide

 

  • Being a self-catalyst before being a catalyst
  • Breaking with traditions

Afternoon

Session

Organizational Best Practices of innovation:

 

The 6 “S’s” of Organizational Best Practices

 

 

 

Innovators’ DNA

 

A Strategy for returning to work – committing to new insights



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Who should attend?

This program is essential for middle and senior managers who have responsibility for products, processes or new technologies and who lead, supervise, and motivate others.  This program will also benefit the sales and marketing directors who support them.

  • Leaders who want a more innovative workplace
  • Leaders who need to improve a process
  • Leaders who need to make faster decisions
  • Leaders whose path is being disrupted by something new
  • Leaders with difficult problems to solve

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email:  exec.ed@unh.edu

phone:  603-862-5203

Program Instructors

 

 

Benjamin S. Porter

Benjamin S. Porter

Ben Porter is a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and a member of the Decision Sciences Faculty.   He has taught courses raging from Project and Program Management to Information Technology and Management of Innovation.  He is an experienced, executive level consultant and educator with 30 years of management consulting and business executive experience working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. His demonstrated abilities include successful strategic projects for global clients and pre and post merger integrations. Mr. Porter holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University.

Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Gough is a Sr. Lecturer in Management at the University of New Hampshire in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.  He is President and CEO of Genovation, Inc., a global growth strategies firm that designs and implements Intelligent Decision Systems using technologies to provide client companies with information system tools and real-time datasets for quick-response decision making. He was President of Corporate Broadcasting Network, and President and CEO of Organizational Dynamics, Inc. an international management consulting company. He also has held or currently holds various community and board positions including at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has frequently appeared on nationally televised programs such as the Lehrer News Hour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Evening News. Dr. Gough is an alumnus of Bates College and received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

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Press Release

UNH Paul College Launches Innovation Executive Development Program

August 11, 2014

Two-Day Senior-Level Program Appeals to Leaders of Growing Businesses

DURHAM, N.H. – The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire will offer a new two-day executive development program, Be a Catalyst for Innovation, Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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This program brings together senior-level managers and executives from growth-oriented organizations to address barriers to innovation in the workplace. It is essential for middle and senior managers who have responsibility for products, processes or new technologies and who lead, supervise, and motivate others. This program also will benefit the sales and marketing directors who support them.

 

Participants benefit from UNH faculty members who have delivered custom innovation programs for several years. The new open-enrollment program curriculum includes timely topics such as:

 

  • Incremental and breakthrough innovations
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Technology cycles
  • How collaboration takes place
  • Cases of exemplary innovative organizations

The program will be presented by Paul College faculty members Benjamin Porter and Robert Gough Jr.

Porter is a lecturer of decision sciences at the UNH Paul College. He has taught courses on project and program management, information technology, and the management of innovation. An experienced, executive level consultant and educator, he has 30 years of management consulting and business executive experience working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. His demonstrated abilities include successful strategic projects for global clients and pre and post-merger integrations. Porter holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s in industrial administration from Purdue University.

Gough is a senior lecturer in management at the UNH Paul College. He is president and CEO of Genovation, Inc., a global growth strategies firm that designs and implements intelligent decision systems using technologies to provide client companies with information system tools and real-time datasets for quick-response decision making. Formerly, he was president of the Corporate Broadcasting Network, and president and CEO of Organizational Dynamics, Inc. an international management consulting company. Gough is an alumnus of Bates College and received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

“Innovation is the only source of sustainable growth in business today,” Gough said.

The cost is $1,699 a person. UNH alumni receive a 10 percent discount. Fees include pre-work and program materials; meals during the program (breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon breaks); and 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). More information can be found at http://paulcollege.unh.edu/executive-education/open-enrollment-programs/be-catalyst-innovation.

Individuals interested in participating in the Paul College executive development programs should contact Patricia Walsh, executive development programs coordinator, at 603-862-5203 or email patricia.walsh@unh.edu.

The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics offers a full complement of high-quality programs in business, economics, accounting, finance, information systems management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and hospitality management at UNH. Programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive development levels. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. For more information, visit paulcollege.unh.edu.

 

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Testimonials

“I left the Be a Catalyst for Innovation course inspired and full of enthusiasm to bring more innovative thinking to my organization! Not only did I learn about how other successful companies stay innovative, I also learned specific tools I plan to use. I would recommend that anyone who is able to influence either a small functional team or the entire organization take this course because the lessons here can be applied to any part of business (or life for that matter) when a more innovative way of thinking and doing is needed.”

-Kim Wierman, Director
FIRST Robotics

 

“This was valuable time well spent in order to see things differently that will help me in many ways both personally and professionally.”

-Kerry Carter, Managing Director
PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

 

"I liked just about everything..."

-Participant 2014

 

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