Gary Oster, DSL
Director, M.A. in Business & Design Management

School of Business & Leadership
Regent University
1000 Regent University Drive,
Virginia Beach, VA 23464




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Ramping Up Corporate Innovation
Virtually all corporate executives consider innovation to be critical to the success of their organization in the near-term, and yet, very few companies have active, successful innovation programs. The subject of innovation has been unnecessarily muddied by unreadable academic theory and “best practices” completely divorced from actual workplaces and employees. Without using the frustratingly dense jargon, this seminar draws a clear line between simple, standard innovation policies and procedures and the new profits they should produce.

Discovering Profitable Ideas
Fresh ideas and innovation are the lifeblood of every modern corporation in the dynamic global marketplace. Not all ideas have the same value. This seminar considers specific, proven creativity techniques used to generate dozens of practical ideas that lead directly to new products, services, processes and, most importantly, increased profits.

Eliminating Innovation Antibodies
Innovation antibodies, also called the “devil’s advocate,” are malcontent employees who assume the most negative possible perspective—one that sees only the downsides, the problems, the disasters-in-waiting. They are determined to slow or eliminate innovation and change in the organization. This seminar helps corporate leaders recognize innovation antibodies, interpret their goals and purposes, realize the danger they pose, and provides steps to take so that they are effectively neutralized.

Promoting Emergent Innovation
Almost every organization has “underground innovators,” employees who develop products, services, ideas or processes informally and outside of regular corporate channels, without the knowledge or permission of appropriate company authorities. They exist and work “off-radar.” Emergent innovation is the intentional process used to seek out, recognize, and spread “underground” innovation methodologies already successfully at work in the organization.

Inexpensive Prototypes and Successful Corporate Change
An accurate measurement of progress of innovation in organizations is the speed and extent to which simple visual representations of concepts and ideas are developed and shared between employees and customers. The use of inexpensive, quickly produced prototypes needs to be the core competency of every modern organization and a primary mode of thinking and operating for the innovation team.

NOTE: The duration of each seminar may be twenty minutes to four hours, depending on the specific requirements of the host organization.