Mentoring for innovation managers

Mentorship

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow - William Pollard

Being an innovation manager is an awesome job. You get to work with all these enthusiastic people working on the next great things.

At the same time, it can also be very lonely. You, as the only innovation expert in the organization, trying to help all the innovators. That can make it at time seem like an impossible job.

For innovation managers like you, we have started a mentorship program so you can exchange experiences with your peers and have someone to spar with. Mentorship enables you to discuss with peers the challenges that all innovation managers struggle with - innovation budgets, project selection, metrics, portfolio management, employee engagement etc.

Many roads to rome

Whatever the methodology, processes, tools, or metrics you use, we are here to assist you and your organization with the innovation efforts. To goals is to achieve the maximum achievable results given the available means.

We have many free resources available for you and the innovators in your organization:

You always may tap into our resources, tools, programs - but you don't have to. You can also bring in your own. After all, there are multiple ways to Rome!

 

If you are interested in our mentoring service for innovation managers, please sign up for an intake call. That way we can learn about your plans and goals and discuss how we can help you get there. There are no obligations to this call.

Annual
program

Join the community
of innovation managers

120 Minutes of 1:1
sessions/month

Avoid common
pitfalls

join our community of innovation managers

Build off the available innovation expertise to create, manage, and optimize your innovation portfolio. Execute projects in a shorter time frame and at lower costs, while maximizing the return on investment of your innovation activities.  Avoid costly failures while undertaking more innovation initiatives.

I have been there...

In my first job as chemical engineer. I got recognized for my innovative ideas and became "performance consultant" - an innovation manager in disguise. Certainly a fun job. We held many brainstorm, value engineering sessions, and you name it.

I observed an abundance of innovative ideas of which few made it to practice. Innovation is typically described as a combination of project management, team work, risk mitigation, and collaboration. The engineering firm excelled in all these capabilities, yet still struggled to innovate and generate new revenue streams from their innovation activities.

Now, 20 years, a PhD, and a lot of experience later, I have learned what works and what does not in the context of professional service organizations. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you and help you succeed!

 

$9750/year

Outcome Guaranteed

Your success is important to us. In the first mentoring session, we will set goals together. If these mutually agreed upon goals are not met at the year, you will get your mentoring fee back. Guaranteed.

That means that we are personally guaranteeing your success!

How mentoring works

You and your organization will have the support of me, Dr. Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen to help you create and execute your innovation management strategy.

If you are interested in our mentoring service for innovation managers, please sign up for an intake call. That way we can learn about your plans and goals and discuss how we can help you get there. There are no obligations to this call.

Let's set up an intake call to discuss how we can assist you:

Why use a mentor?

According to the management literature, all organizations should innovate all the time to keep ahead of the competition and survive.

However, we know from our research that about 70% of service firms innovate only when an opportunity arises. Less than 30% of all firms have a structured innovation process.

Even in the service organizations that do have some sort of structure, it is often not the same as you find in a technology or manufacturing company. Innovating in the services industry is just different. For example, it is not uncommon to find that one innovation manager is responsible for all the innovation activities in the firm, even for an organization with over 1000 employees. In addition, the budget these innovation managers have to work with is orders of magnitudes smaller than the billions of dollars Amazon and Google spend on innovation.

We know how to help you be successful in these circumstances and are looking forward to share our experience and expertise with you.

Create a sustainable and humming innovation engine, given the available means

 

Giulietta Marani,ICTU

Giulietta Marani, a dedicated and talented IT advisor with ICTU understood that blockchain, big data, cyber, and many other technologies puzzled the branches of the Dutch government – their main client.

Giulietta asked for permission to use her personal development training budget to take the RSM New Business Development in 2016. There she envisioned how ICTU could help by creating an inspiration lab – a collaborative environment to build and test (the impact of) new technologies. She wrote a proposal for the inspiration lab. During the course, she detailed the opportunity and defined the path forward.

She shared the path with her boss and director, who agreed to further exploring. Giulietta got the change to use her personal development training budget in 2017 to get coaching. Less than six months later, her team produced a white paper about the inspiration lab, which was very well received by their clients. The idea of Inspiration lab was adopted and written down in the multi-annual strategy of ICTU. Now twelve month later, the team is working with several clients on projects that test (the impact of) new technologies. Giulietta is building the ICTU Inspirational lab from there on, as the coordinator of the lab. 

The current question is, how to scale and involve more employees and branches of the Dutch government.

Your mission

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to implement an innovation management strategy for your organization that:

  • Makes the most out of the available means
  • Makes innovating a rewarding experience
  • Guides your most talented employees to success
  • Fosters a sustainable pipeline of innovation projects
  • Delivers results

$9750/year

Outcome Guaranteed

Your success is important to us. In the first mentoring session, we will set goals together. If these mutually agreed upon goals are not met at the year, you will get your mentoring fee back. Guaranteed.

That means that we are personally guaranteeing your success!

Who is mentorship not for?

Mentorship is not for everyone so here are some handy guidelines.
  • Mentorship is not for you if you only want to learn but not take action.
  • Mentorship is not for you if you are not open to feedback and adjusting the way you do things.
  • And, mentorship is not for you if you have over 5 years experience as an innovation manager and are managing an innovation portfolio with more than 50 innovation projects.

Otherwise, mentorship is perfect for you!