On-the-job mentoring for innovation managers
Receive mentoring and guidance to create and execute your innovation management strategy.
Your roadmap to building a successful innovation management strategy
Build on our expertise and innovation capabilities 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.
Envisioning a culture for innovation, but...
We know. Managing innovation is not easy.
We also know that for most service organizations innovation is a cost center instead of a revenue generator.
That is, initiating innovation activities is rarely the challenge. Diligent execution, bringing promising ideas to practice, timely stopping unfeasible initiatives, and disseminating successes - that are the challenge of many innovation mangers. These are also the aspects that make the difference between a flourishing and faltering innovation process and culture.
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!
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. I will help you create or improve your innovation process, metrics, training program etc.
Please know, our mentoring capacity is limited to 5 organizations.
Let's set up a intake call to discuss how I could help you:
Why use a mentor?
Innovating in the professional service is not the same as innovating in other companies. Few professional service firms have experience with bringing new services to practice in a timely and sustainable manner. We do. I am looking forward to share my experience and expertise with you.
Create a sustainable and humming innovation engine
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, should you choose to accept it, is to implement an innovation management strategy that:
- Makes innovating a rewarding experience
- Guides your most talented employees to success
- Fosters a sustainable pipeline of innovation projects
- Connects teams, business units, staff functions, clients, and external parties
- Delivers results and gives you bragging rights
- Based on nearly 20 years of experience and research we have created a roadmap to build a humming innovation engine in different types of organizations
- Whether you have just a few or a pipeline full of innovation projects, we will help you deliver the maximum results given the available means
To build an innovation management strategy that is smart and delivers results, we use the following building blocks:
Your success is important to us. In the first mentoring session, we will set goals together. If those goals are not met, 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 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.
- Mentorship is not for you if you think you know everything.
- And finally, 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 🙂