The Innovation Champions Program

Focusing on '8 key steps' to becoming a Champion of Innovation in your enterprise

Innov8Central runs a series of workshops presented by Dr Anton Kriz and Dr David Cunneen of the University of Newcastle.

The workshops are structured to provide participants with comprehensive and concrete innovative tools.

They also provide participants with insights into how they can drive positive change in their organisation by being more aware of their own innovative capabilities including strengths, weaknesses and ways of interacting. This is best approached as a group exercise (Innovation Circles) where participants share ideas and learn equally from each other.



Watch the interview with Champion Gail Cotterill 2012:


The program is providing the knowledge and skills to create a culture of innovation across all levels of an enterprise and use the new knowledge to perform highly and execute smartly in all key business areas. It is not about doing more- but about being ‘smarter’. 

Program Structure


There are eight identifiable steps in the Innovation Champion development process.

The program of workshops have been built around the steps and developing participants through instruction, facilitation and working with a ‘Circle’ of other individuals. 



Step 1 – Benefits of innovation, champions and circles;

This workshop starts with facilitation to bring the circle together and introduce the Innovation Champions program.

- Overview of the processes involved and the benefits for the individual participant and enterprise.

- Gives participants a more comprehensive understanding of innovation and jobs to be done (JTBD).

- Identifies the benefits of innovation and introduces and commences the use of key innovative tools used throughout the program.

- The participants begin to understand other enterprises and the respective innovation status quo - this helps in the process of generating new ideas for each respective area. 


Step 2 – The personal qualities of the innovator;

- Introduces several approaches for understanding self and others.

- Explains two key components of innovation and how well participants are equipped for both.

- Focuses on emotional, social and political intelligence and the capabilities of the innovation champion.

- A diagnostic tool is used to assess key competencies and innovative capacity of the participant.

- Builds an understanding of strengths and weaknesses when it comes to enterprise and innovation and also channelling the efforts and talents of others.


Step 3 - 360 degrees of innovation;


This stage opens up the participant’s thinking on how innovation operates within their enterprises.

- 360 degrees is symptomatic of the totality of innovation for an enterprise.

- Innovation is not simply about products but also processes, management and also the business model.

- Showcase of the range of aspects involved in building a comprehensive innovation program. A diagnostic tool is used to assess the level of innovation operating throughout the participant’s role and enterprise.

Introduce more details about setting up a JTBD




Step 4 – Creativity and idea generation;

- A key base level component of innovation is idea generation and creativity – this step focuses specifically on developing understanding and capabilities in this critical area.

- The nature of innovation can be incremental or quite radical so the level of creativity or novelty can vary significantly.

- Participants will understand the history of creativity and what stimulates and generates creative thinking.

- A number of exercises are conducted to nurture participant’s creative capacity and to help bring out the creative talents of others.

- Start focusing on idea generation around each participants JTBD



Step 5 – Building a strategy and culture for innovation;

- Some top organisations are practicing innovation at all levels and across divisions but much of this is dependent on strategic choice and where an organisation wants to be positioned.

- An Innovation Champion needs to understand the key elements around organisation culture before facilitating an innovative culture in their own enterprise.

- Participants will be introduced to techniques for taking innovation across their enterprises.

- Also shows participant’s how to build a climate for innovation through modifying organisational dynamic including workplace layouts and processes

- A diagnostic tool is used to assess the participant organisations climate for innovation.

- Begin further developing and testing the JTBD  


Step 6 – Utilising the power of open innovation;

- One of the new trends in innovation is the development of an open innovation architecture.

- This step goes into detail about opening up the boundaries and working with various stakeholders as part of a process of generating innovation from outside-in as well as inside-out.

- Open innovation is core business for global companies going forward and is also influenced by the way people are now communicating – email, social media etc.

- The process of opening up the boundaries of the enterprise and working with internal and external sources to harness ideas is supported by new tools and participants work with these as part of the program.

- Refine and challenge JTBD


Step 7 - Empowering champions;

- Champions are by definition people that push boundaries. This causes problems for most enterprises as change challenges the status quo.

- Teaching Champions about themselves and about others is fundamental to the Champions program.

- The aim of this stage is to help participants build on the understanding of themselves and to provide participants with techniques for change management and gaining support from others.

- Managing upwards is a key element of the stage. If the Innovation Champion is the CEO or Entrepreneur, the focus will shift to harnessing the support of the staff and empowering others.

- Start looking at the implementation of the JTBD


Step 8 – Leadership, networking and implementation;

- The final step in the program focuses on execution of the Innovation Champions program.

- Innovation as identified at the beginning of the program is about idea generation but also most importantly making such ideas happen.

- This step in the program focuses on taking the ideas participants and the Circle have generated and putting them into practice.

- Setting Innovation KPIs will be a key part of the program and an Innovation Plan will be developed by participants for their enterprises.

- Discipline is now demonstrated as the key to execution and the Circle is encouraged to follow through with their JTBD and to make positive and effective change in their organisations.


Programs Available:

1. Intensive workshop: 1 full day. 
    Target audience: start ups, micro, small business and SME’s.

2. Extensive Innovation Champion Program A: 
    8 half day workshops- each workshop is run fortnightly.
    Target audience: middle to upper management, all enterprises.

3. Extensive Innovation Champion Program B: 
    Two full day workshops followed by a 2 week gap then another 2- totaling 4 days.
    Target audience: middle to upper management, all enterprises.

4. Masterclass: 1 day at board or CEO level

5. Company specific tailored programs


·  Intensive Workshop $250 p.p plus GST

·  General Champions Program $1,500 plus gst 

·  Master class for CEO's and Boards TBC

·  Company specific tailored programs TBC
Additional development of an Innovation Strategy/System for an enterprise 
Dr Anton Kriz also works with an organisations senior managers to establish an innovation plan/system for the entire enterprise to look at innovation as a strategic pursuit and alignment. The content of the strategy document will be put together in a one day workshop through discussion and brain-storming to deliver a clear strategy which can be implemented immediately.





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