Horseshoe Valley Resort, Barrie, Ontario
May 26-31, 2019
Peter Drucker said ‘what you do different’ is a critical element of strategy. Where uncertainty is normative and context is everything in the 21 st Century, businesses must embrace all facets of complexity [personal, contextual, interpersonal]. As professionals and practitioners, we must listen to our guts and act intuitively. The market demand is to be strategic in delivering value to customers. The personal demand is to develop robust decision-making competencies to engage successfully in globally competitive business eco-systems. In other words, we must be innovative.
We can learn about innovation, as well as about global competition, business eco-systems, and even leadership. We can do different things as practitioners, professionals and planners. However, that is simply doing different things. Innovation is “doing things differently”. At heart, innovation is disruptive.
We invite you to participate in the STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN APPLIED INNOVATION that will disrupt your everyday normalcies. The goal is to give you an opportunity to transform yourself into a 21 st Century Strategic Leader with the capacity to embrace the challenges of change and innovation and capture the full human potential across the entire organization.
APPLIED INNOVATION PROGRAM is an experience-based learning environment that will introduce you to new ways of thinking and develop your capacity to lead with contextual intelligence.
CONTEXTUALLY INTELLIGENT LEADERS can diagnose the multi-dimensional complexity of contextual factors inherent in a situation, such as global supply chains. They adjust, both intentionally and intuitively, their behavior to make decisions in context. They are able to handle all the external, internal, interpersonal and intrapersonal factors that contribute to the uniqueness of each situation and circumstance. They transform data into useful information, convert information into knowledge, and assimilate that knowledge into practice. They extract wisdom [not just understanding or knowledge or awareness] from experience and build their capacity to lead.
COMPETENCY GOALS: By participating in this Applied Innovation Program, you will face multiple challenges and learn to
- Identify and manage individual and institutional bias
- Create choices [divergence] and disruptive ideas through aggressive outward exploration
- Build empathy and understanding while exploring new perspectives
- Use strategic scenario planning to craft an innovation skills portfolio
- Use coherence and convergence to make choices
- Design and develop iterative low-fidelity experiments
- Learn from real world team dynamics and collaboration
- Focus organizational purpose and grass roots buy-in
You will Imagine, Innovate and Build your applied innovation capabilities.
Topics are bundled along these development lines:
Introduction: Applied Innovation, Bias, Invisible Leadership
- What is Applied Innovation
- Individual Bias Review
- Team Guiding Principles
Complex Problem Solving and Divergent Thinking
- Team Complex Problem Statement
- Art and Activist Viewpoints – Divergence
Value Chain Analysis
- Existing Expert Review
Strategic Scenario Planning
- Framing Scenarios
- Scenario Deliverables: Time, Plot, Actors, Indicators
Convergence and Coherence
- Innovation Box
- Scenario Plausibility
- Frequency Analysis of Scenario Actors
Experiment Design and Execution
- Assumptions: Verity and Test
- List of Experiments to Test
- Tests: consulting, product, service, platform
Team Dynamics and Reflection
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Values and Vision
- Team Plan
- Job-to-be-done Statement
- Go-to-launch Offering
- Operating/Business Plan
Iterate: Fringe Mapping – Individual
- Individual Hypothesis
- Individual Stakeholder Map
- Job-to-be Done Stakeholder Map
Iterate: Fringe Mapping – Group
- Co-created Hypothesis and Maps -Integration
- Team-built Stakeholder Map
- Team-built Job-to-be Done Stakeholder Map
Iterate: Scenario Planning – Individual
- Individual Hypothesis
- Individual Scenario Plan
- Individual Job-to-be Done Scenario Plan
Iterate: Scenario Planning – Group
- Co-created Hypothesis and Scenarios -Integration
- Team-built Scenario Plan
- Team-built Job-to-be Done Scenario Plan
- Individual Contributions
- Competitive Advantage
- Ready-to-launch: Presentations
Applied Innovation Portfolio – Personal
- Individual Portfolio Framework
- Adjustments Across Horizons
- Complete Applied Innovation Portfolio – Personal
Applied Innovation Presentation – Group
- Group Portfolio Framework
- Adjustments Across Horizons
- Complete Applied Innovation Portfolio – Shared
You will be introduced to various tools that you use in Program situations, and subsequently apply at work:
Where groups recognize that bias is a mistake in reasoning or evaluation caused by placing emphasis on one’s beliefs or opinions, regardless of contrary information, and acknowledge that bias limits their thought processes when thinking, analyzing data, describing issues or solving problems in general, and analyze the 5 ways in which they might limit themselves:
- Selective Perception: where we allow our personal perceptions to determine how we view the world
- Defensive Bias: where we overvalue the usefulness of our products, techniques, ideas, because they are ours, despite inherent limitations
- Recency Bias: where we place more emphasis on the latest information and neglect previous data, hence skewing how facts are collected or analyzed; recent information should not be misinterpreted as the norm
- Ostrich Effect: where we ignore negative information and fail to confront issues and improve the situation as soon as we identify gaps
- Choice-supportive Bias: where we feel positive about a recommended decision [by an authority or a group], despite evident flaws, and ignore the outcomes and how it will affect the business on the long run
Where groups generate as many ideas or options as they can discover, in an environment in which separate opinions are deferred in order to find new relationships between facts and data.
Value Chain Analysis
Where groups visually analyze a company’s business activities to create competitive advantage, identifying ways to generate margins [profits] by focusing on primary activities that deliver value to customers in the market, and to balance cost/price and differentiation in the face of competition.
Where groups first recognize that every decision is a choice made under a degree of uncertainty, since choices are often based on possible outcomes and best-case predictions about the future, and then seek to identify sets of uncertainties and different “realities” of what might happen in the future, using a planned approach in order to define those critical uncertainties, develop plausible scenarios, and analyze their impacts, involving a 4 step process: Identify the driving forces; Identify the critical uncertainties; Develop a range of plausible scenarios; Discuss the implications.
Where groups evaluate, assess and choose the facts and data that they believe are most relevant to developing a productive, beneficial problem definition.
Where groups consider all of the possible sources of change and develop opportunities and plans in the face of complexity, by going beyond identifiable emerging trends and considering such multiple areas of modern change as global, national and regional economies; worldwide education and talent development sources; geo- political and government situations; legal and regulatory regimes; market demographics and population growth; cultural and religious factors, communications and social media networks, and more, and allowing these fringe forces to enable them to think very broadly in terms of ecosystems by using interdisciplinary approaches to understand how different disciplines are similar, how they are different, how they interface and how techniques from one can be applied to another.
This Applied Innovation Program is co-produced by Mayor Wilson and the Logistics Institute.
Mayor Wilson specializes in running start-ups inside corporations. Representing several decades of strategy, innovation, and operations expertise gained from working with clients around the world, it takes on the “impossible” and finds solutions that are manageable, profitable, and create sustained competitive advantage for corporate clients.
Grayson Bass, Principal at Mayor Wilson, will facilitate this Program. Grayson is a teacher, leader and inventor. With over 13 years of executive leadership experience, he has built and grown businesses in a variety of industries ranging from education and energy to IT and manufacturing. Multi-lingual and with a track record of building and managing diverse teams around the world, he spent two years in Latin America and almost 5 years in Asia. As a person of diverse interests and experiences, he worked with companies involved in Energy, IT, Private Equity, International Trade, Manufacturing, Licensing of Intellectual Property, R&D, Socially Responsible Businesses, Advertising, and Education. He brings a unique skill-set in how to approach and lead organizations and a unique capability to find order in chaos.
As a professional organization, the Logistics Institute develops the whole person, and not just the skills needed to do jobs in supply chain and logistics. The P.Log professional is a leader who transforms organizations as a change agent and builds capabilities in others to implement change; a leader with competitive edge to create customer value, and with competence as a supply chain and logistics practitioner to sustain that value; a leader with the self-confidence to make difficult decisions and accept responsibility for the consequences of those decisions.
By successfully completing this Applied Innovation Program, you will earn the PAIn™ [Professional Applied Innovation] designation as the public statement of your capabilities as a 21st Century Strategic Leader, with the capacity to embrace the challenges of change and innovation and capture the full human potential across the entire organization.
Earning the PAIn™ designation also allows you to earn the P.Log [Professional Logistician] designation by successfully completing two Process Management modules: Supply Chain Strategies and the Qualifier (Q) Module.