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If you want to get ahead, you need to innovate.
Innovation has always been the greatest hope for economic growth throughout history. And it always will be.
The promise of innovation is profitability by doing something better, faster or cheaper.
It’s also the promise of possible solutions to some of the toughest technological, business and social challenges of our times.
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.
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Sponsored open enrollment programs are not-for-credit, rapid-value-add courses that are short in duration and high in intensity. They are sponsored by one organization that selects the program design and delivery and enrolls five participants. Remaining seats are available through open enrollment. Programs are taught at the level determined by the sponsor, for example, supervisory level, managerial level, or executive level.
· Modular - choose up to four half-day topics
· Block - Combine one or two full-day topics
· Packaged - Select one of our proven programs
Incentive: Sponsor and send up to five people, FREE!
There are financial incentives for sponsoring an open enrollment program. When a program reaches twenty-four participants, the sponsor’s five original participants attend at no charge. Incentives start when twelve are enrolled.
Contact: Dan McCarthy
Sponsor Be a Catalyst for Innovation: $1,000 per participant, plus incentives
Open enrollment price: $1,399
Early Bird: $1,260
USNH* Alums: $1,134 by early bird
*USNH = University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.
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).
Scholarships are offered to New Hampshire-based leaders from public service and education sectors, as well as state and local government and non-profit organizations. Please click on the link for more details and the scholarship application form.
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Sponsor chooses location
Sponsor chooses hours up to 16 hours of instruction time.
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. Minimum enrollments apply.
Snow dates are subject to this cancelation policy.
For detailed information, please see our cancelation policy.
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 future opportunities.
Be a Catalyst for Innovation equips leaders with the skills to create a culture of innovation right where they are - amid compressing deadlines, accelerating demands and decreasing resources.
Innovation is a set of skills. Skills can be learned, practiced and improved.
One of the first skills is a cognitive skill, associational thinking, which is drawing together disparate ideas. You practice associational thinking by questioning, observing, networking and experimenting.
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.
What is innovation?
Innovation is different than an invention.
Invention is something new. Innovation is taking something new to market. Inventions can be measured by their patents. Companies on the top patents recipients list are not necessarily the same ones on the world’s most innovative companies lists.
Innovation is something new that will create economic value.
It is an executable idea.
Sharpen the leadership skills required to build a culture of innovation.
Find room in your schedule, your budget, and your study time for innovation.
Learn the steps to take when you need to sell your innovation to others.
Counter the innovation killers in your enterprise: the status-quo, the nay-sayers, the doubters.
Create opportunities for all individuals to innovate, no matter their position.
Promote bold and innovative behaviors that arise from your team.
Recognize and stay ahead of disruptive innovations in your field.
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.
Reading assignments on the topic of Innovation within an organization
Individual innovation assessments
Book: “The Innovator’s DNA”
The Landscape and Language of Innovation
Individual Best Practices of
Disruptive innovators – and the lessons they provide
Organizational Best Practices of innovation:
The 6 “S’s” of Organizational Best Practices
A Strategy for returning to work – committing to new insights
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
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.
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.
UNH Paul College Launches Innovation Executive Development Program
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, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
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 $1,399 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 Executive Development Programs at 603-862-3311 or email Exec.Ed@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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“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
The business perspective on Innovation is so valuable and useful in the context of public education.
During Be a Catalyst for Innovation I learned that Innovative thinking is something that can be learned, and best yet, if providing the right environment for your employees can be fostered. The reward being, once a team or individual makes the initial breakthrough, other technologies or ideas are just a hop, skip or a jump away.
The mix of lecture, discussion, and hands on product innovation exercise engaged all types of learners in the conference and gave me ideas on how I could bring this experience back to my own team to begin a process of innovation in our daily work.
Michael McIntire, Manager Media & Collaboration,
IT Academic Technology, University of New Hampshire
“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
"I liked just about everything..."