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The Innovation Leadership Accelerator

A 12 Week Part Time Program for Emerging Innovation Leaders

Your Hosts | The Experience | Time Commitment | Who Should Apply? | Guest Mentors | Detailed Program | Investment |

The ILA program is built for those who believe that innovation is not just about launching new products and services. It’s about creating trust and the safe space for inspiration and performance, so we can lead our teams to solve the bigger challenges, together. We created this program to move your learning and practice past the easy-to-find one-off workshops and conferences that only scratch the surface. This takes more of your time and our time, and we think it’s worth it. The program is a unique combination of in-person workshop intensives, project-based learning, group coaching, peer coaching and one-on-one coaching by the program hosts

Our goal is to get you in the deep work of product and organizational transformation, all in 12 weeks. Are you ready?

Applications close August 9th.

PROGRAM STARTS SEPTEMBER 9TH.

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Program Pillars

The ILA is designed to support your leap from skilled practitioner to a courageous leader and visionary within your organization. The program is designed to create lasting impact for you and your organization through the program’s expert coaching as well as the curated community: you will be learning  side-by-side with other dynamic leaders.

The Program is built on four pillars of leadership.

Facilitation Mastery: The skill to plan and lead any gathering of any size.

Applied Design Thinking: From Workshops to real work, the confidence to lead Design Sprints of any length and lead teams to real outcomes that deliver real business value.

Coaching Mindset: We believe in the power of coaching to help people grow. Coaching others takes confidence in your own abilities and learning to be comfortable in ambiguity. This also means the courage to allow others to coach you.

Self-Mastery: The ability to know yourself and manage yourself

Who Attends and Why?

Because innovation leadership is a cross-functional team sport, the ILA program thrives from its diversity of attendee experience and backgrounds.

Creative People

An explosive growth of leadership roles is happening within Product, Design, Research, and Digital -- exciting but also the group that have had the least guidance and support in their careers.

Sales People

Sales, Account Management and Marketing serve as voice of the customer. Innovation starts in the areas of the organization closest to the customer.

Operations People

Innovation is created and adopted across a work force because of the insights, collaboration, and support from leaders within HR, Finance, Legal, and Operations.

Time Commitment

The Innovation Leadership Accelerator is  a 12 week, part-time program. It runs from September 9th through December 6th. The kickoff and closing workshop intensives are during the week. Otherwise, you don't need to take time off from work to participate — we designed the program to fit your current work and personal schedule while still having a lasting positive impact on your work and the teams to lead. A detailed syllabus is at the bottom of the page

To get the most out of the program, expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week:

  • 1 - 2 hrs on reading and materials.

  • 2 hrs applying frameworks to your internal innovation experiment.

  • 1 hr in your Triad Peer Coaching Group.

  • 1 hr participating in an online group call every other week.

We expect that participants will typically spend about 8 hours per week total. They’ll set aside more time each week to:

  • Connect with other participants outside of their triad.

  • Review what they are learning with co-workers and managers.

  • Apply their insights to their organization’s product, service or operations.

Your Hosts

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Jay Melone is the founder of New Haircut, a product innovation firm and leader in design sprints. He helps organizations fall in love with the products they make and how they make them. His approach makes innovation trusting, real, and achievable.

Jay has 20 years of deep product expertise, helping organizations like Rosetta Stone, Pearson, and Papa Johns build amazing products & cultures of work.

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Daniel designs conversations for a living. An independent design facilitator and coach, he works with teams and organizations to frame and sustain productive and collaborative conversations. He’s worked with clients of all shapes and sizes on product, service and organizational innovation.


He hosts The Conversation Factory podcast and is the author of the upcoming book, “How Conversations Work” a handbook for changemakers and innovators.

SOME OF Our Favorite Clients

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Expert mentors

Community is crucial to growth as a leader, that’s why we’re inviting some of our favorite advisers and collaborators to join us for the workshop intensives and to host deep dives during our coaching calls. These amazing professionals are hard to get time with and we’re very grateful they’re willing to spend some of it with us and you.

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 Meeta Patel is the founder of Design Catalyst. She brings combined design thinking & business thinking expertise to deliver deeply impactful corporate innovation. Meeta was previously the Global VP of Design Thinking at SAP.

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 Helge Hellberg coaches people in leadership positions or people who desire to get there – women and men who realize their self-responsibility to create exactly the professional and personal fulfillment they want.

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Bree Groff is a transformation expert and Principal at SYPartners. She’s on a mission to help companies and people not just embrace change, but get good at it. Bree holds an MS in Organizational Learning and Change from Northwestern University, and is a visiting lecturer at Northwestern and Parsons.


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 Jim Kalbach is a noted author, speaker, and instructor in user experience design, information architecture, and strategy. He is currently Head of Customer Experience at MURAL, the leading online whiteboard. Jim has worked with eBay, Audi, SONY, Elsevier Science, Lexis Nexis, and Citrix.

Testimonials

What other leaders say about our workshops:

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"Such a fantastic workshop! I learned so much and really walked away with a new mindset"

 Kai Haley

Lead of Design Relations and Sprint Master Academy Google

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"What a phenomenal experience. I'm now completely re-inspired about what's possible!"

Damon Pieri

Director of Product Management at Pearson

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Program Experience

The next ILA cohort will run from Sept 9 - Dec 6

Opening Intensive Workshop

You’ll be initiated into the program with an intensive, deeply practical 2-day workshop in New York City, Thurs, Sept 19 - Fri Sept 20. We’ll explore and practice facilitative leadership, team trust building, innovation frameworks, and more.

Biweekly Group Coaching

To make those lessons lasting and contextual to your work you’ll join a series of six group coaching calls to help you process your learnings and ask deeper questions. Mentors will host half of these sessions.

Expert Mentorship

To help you go deep and grow your leadership skills in ways that are intimate and valuable to your journey, we’re thrilled to include a series of virtual mentoring sessions from several expert practitioners.

Peer Coaching

In between the facilitated coaching and mentoring sessions, and in order to foster a supportive community within the ILA program, you’ll support one another within your designated peer coaching triads.

Closing Workshop

To consolidate your learnings and help you design your road ahead through hands-on, team-led application, the program will close with another highly immersive 2-day workshop in New York, Thurs, Dec 5 - Fri Dec 6.

Detailed Course Outline

The arc of the program is anchored at the start and the end by two day in-person workshops in New York City. Over the course of the 12 week program, you’ll meet with the whole group remotely every other week for a deep-dive coaching check-in. On alternate weeks, we’ll host an expert mentor to deepen the group’s understanding. And every week you’ll meet with a peer coaching triad to stay connected and go deeper in your coaching, mindfulness and innovation skills.

Questions about the content and what’s coming next? Get answers at any time. You have 24-7 access to the shared slack channel where the whole cohort and the coaching leadership team will be on hand to help.

September 9th: Kickoff Call

Review your innovation culture research and your innovation leadership goals.

Align on group norms and expectations

September 19th-20: 2 Day Kickoff workshop in NYC

Building your Leadership Model

Facilitation Essentials

Leading with Vulnerability

Design Sprint Essentials

Problem Framing and Building your Innovation Challenge Map

Org Change with Special Guest Bree Groff, Principle @ SY Partners

Jobs to be Done with Jim Kalbach, Head of Customer Success @ Mural

September 23rd: Focus on Coaching

Group Coaching Call with Special Guest Helge Hellberg, Executive Coach

Somatic Awareness

Active Listening

Developing your Coaching Questions

Meet with your Triad for the first time. Practice your coaching questions: How are we each living our Leadership Model?

Community: Share your own Jobs-to-be-done work on your innovation challenge

Recommended Reading: The Coaching Habit by Michel Bungay Stanier and the Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

September 30th: Building your Innovation Plan

One-on-One Coaching calls with Jay Melone or Daniel Stillman on your innovation plan.

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on our innovation challenge and/or leadership model

Community: share progress and blocks on your innovation challenge

Recommended Reading: Gamestorming by Dave Gray,  Sunni Brown and James Macanufo

October 7th: Remote Facilitation and Visual Thinking

Remote Facilitation with Mark Tippen from Mural

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on our innovation challenge and/or leadership model

Community: Leverage Mural to enhance an in-person or remote collaboration

Recommended Reading: Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam

October 14th: Peer Coaching and Applied Design Thinking

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on our innovation challenge

Community: Share progress on your innovation challenge

Recommended Reading: Read Sprint by Jake Knapp and Download Duco to plan your sprint

October 21th: Focus on Facilitation

Group Coaching Call with Jay Melone and Daniel Stillman

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on your leadership model and behaviors

Community: Share progress on your leadership model and how you’re implementing it

Recommended Reading: Refresh your Facilitation insights with the Conversation Factory Video Library

October 28th: The Ten Types of Innovation

Prep for November 4th Group Learning Session with Meeta Patel - submit an innovation case study challenge

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on your leadership model and behaviors

Community: Share your innovation case studies to slack for group feedback

Recommended Reading: The Ten Types of Innovation by Larry Keely and Helen Walters

November 4th: Innovation Coaching

Group Learning Call with Meeta Patel of the Catalyst Group

Laser coaching on your innovation case studies

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback

Community: Update your innovation plan on Slack and prep for your one-on-one coaching calls

November 11th: Evolving your Innovation Plan

One-on-One Coaching calls with Jay Melone or Daniel Stillman on your innovation plan progress

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on your innovation challenge and/or leadership model

Community: share progress and blocks on your innovation challenge

November 18th: Living your Leadership Model

Group Coaching Call with Jay Melone and Daniel Stillman

How are you applying your insights?

Triad meeting: Practice Coaching and Feedback on your innovation challenge and/or leadership model

Community: share progress and blocks on your innovation challenge

November 25th: Looking towards 2020

Thanksgiving week

Triad meeting: What have you learned so far? What will 2020 look like when you double down on your insights?

Community: share your 2020 vision with the group

December 2nd: Changing is Hard

Group Learning session with Special Guest

Triad meeting: What have you learned so far? What will 2020 look like when you double down on your insights?

Community: Update and share your final innovation presentation slides

December 5-6th: Closing Workshop Intensive in New York City

In-person extended Triad session - revise your leadership model and next steps

Group Share out of your Leadership Insights

Innovation Acceleration presentations and feedback from expert panel


Investment

The fee for the program is $6,475. $500 is due on acceptance of your application.

Payment plans and limited scholarships are available.

Attendees

Each cohort welcomes up to 18 participants.

Applications

Participants may be invited by the coaching committee, but all participants are asked to apply below.

Applications for this cohort end on Friday, Aug 9.