I have a singular yet simple purpose: to inspire and accelerate growth through innovation in organizations all over the world. I counsel senior executives and help their teams develop fresh strategies and creative approaches to their most pressing competitive business challenges, in three main ways:
My advisory approach synthesizes various thinking methods to develop winning strategies for growth and innovation. I bring three decades of advisory experience to the table, along with the deep research into winning practices contained in my books, articles, and workshops. The goal of an advisory engagement is simple: explore innovative possibilities and develop elegant strategies that address a specific set of challenges, move the business forward, and increase the odds of company success.
The key deliverables of an advisory engagement include: 1. a creative roadmap containing both alternative strategies and guidance on implementation; 2. an internal team capable, inspired and equipped to field-test the new strategies and approaches generated; and 3. a strong foundation for the company to conduct similar strategic endeavors on its own when faced with new challenges in the future.
I work closely with senior managers, groups and teams as a session facilitator, strategic coach, and innovation catalyst. Armed with a robust repertoire of coaching and facilitation techniques from my experience as a master kaizen (continuous improvement) facilitator and executive coach, I work to bring the highest level of creative potential to light. The goal of a facilitation engagement is to pull out and harness the best thinking of the individual or team, and point it toward the challenge at hand by involving people in an effective process focused on producing actionable strategies and solutions.
The key deliverables of a facilitation engagement include: 1. a custom agenda designed to deliver a strategic conversation in a meaningful way; 2. a highly interactive session that avoids “the 5 D’s: dull, dated, derivative, dense, distracting; and 3. a strong directional pull based on the intellectual and emotional investment of participants, now eager to act on the possibilities they’ve produced.
I design custom training while also offering a number of popular executive briefings, seminars, workshops, and bootcamps on strategy, innovation, and lean. The goal of a training engagement is singular: expand capability through education. Based on my experience as an instructional designer for University of Toyota and adjunct professor for Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Graduate School of Management, my workshops revolve around my core philosophy of learning by doing.
The key deliverables of a training engagement include: 1. a baseline awareness level of a chosen skillset or method; 2. introductory preparation through advanced application (as appropriate) of a skillset or method; and 3. when requested, extensive preparation for internal trainers responsible for spreading, scaling, and embedding the adopted skills and methods in the company culture.