Mentoring for innovation managers


There is a way to do it better - find it! 

Thomas Edison

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 in your innovation process, we are here to assist you and your organization. You can build on our accelerator program or use your own. To goals is to achieve the maximum results given the available means.

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



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4+ hours of 1:1

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join our community of innovation managers

Build on 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 at Fluor Corp. 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.

At Children's National I ran the innovation program for Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellows, which was rewarding and challenging in its own way.

Over the years, 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!



Outcome Guaranteed

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

That means that I am personally guaranteeing your success!

How mentoring works

Dr. Floor Blindenbach-Driessen will be your mentor and help you create and execute your innovation management strategy.

If you are interested in our mentoring service for innovation managers, please contact us. We would love to learn about your plans and goals and discuss how we can help you get there.

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


Outcome Guaranteed

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

That means that I am 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 don't have any say over the innovation process in your organization
  • 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.

Otherwise, mentorship is perfect for you!