INNOVATION SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Guidance to help you find new and better ways of doing your work, engaging stakeholders and delighting customers.

Discover new product and service opportunities, drive breakthroughs in thinking, find new ways of working, and work better together with our outcome-driven Innovation Services and Programs.  

In today’s fast-changing world, the importance of innovation is indisputable. In fact, it’s recognized as a leading indicator of an organization’s ability to sustain success.

But asking your people “to be more innovative” without clarity on why, how, and for what outcome, impedes your organization’s ability to create the value that innovation is meant to produce.

Our Innovation Services and Programs are designed for organizations on the move, leaders and their teams who want to drive thinking breakthroughs and build new capabilities. We bring a structured process, research-based practices, decisive navigation, forthright dialogue and tireless creativity to help you and your teams achieve outcome-driven innovation in your work context.

Our outcome-driven Innovation Programs and Services help you find new and better ways of doing your work, engaging stakeholders and delighting customers.

Bottom line, we make it easier for you

to get to better, faster, simpler;

to achieve tangible outcomes,

to grow, transform, and create new value.

OUTCOME-DRIVEN INNOVATION SERVICES

Innovation Strategy

Why Use this Service?

You need to set direction, create alignment, and build commitment for innovation in your organization. The focus of BridgePoint Effect’s Innovation Strategy service is to provide a structured process to guide your thinking as you answer the who, what, where, when, why and how questions about innovation in your organization.

Who Is this Service Designed For?

  • Senior leadership teams responsible for setting direction, creating alignment and building commitment for how innovation is achieved as a key organizational strategy
  • Newly forming innovation team that needs to understand how they can best serve the organization, or an innovation team that finds they’re in transition and needing to streamline, rethink or reposition its efforts
  • People who want to get the details right, develop the big picture, and take a structured approach to building a relevant, pragmatic and executable plan for creating value through innovation in their organization

Outcomes and Results

Whether your focus is on fostering everyday innovation across the organization, or to address product, service or business innovation, BridgePoint Effect’s Innovation Strategy service will make it easier for you and your team to think strategically, find answers to your most challenging questions and leave with all the data you need to build a pragmatic go forward plan.

How Is It Delivered?

Through a structured process that is collaborative and highly interactive, we guide your team as you assess your current state, explore options for future state, build a shared vision and set direction for moving forward.

This service integrates the Stormz Digital Facilitation tool. Benefits to you are:

  • Pre-work necessary for the workshop can be completed easily and efficiently online by all participants. All data collected is immediately available for use in the workshop and easily added to the overall Workshop Results Report
  • Streamlined and efficient collaboration coupled with electronic capture of your thinking as it unfolds
  • Data, insights and decisions made during the workshop are immediately available to you after the workshop at the click of a button – no need to wait two weeks to get your final Workshop Results Report
  • Team members from outside your central place of business have the option of travelling to the workshop or participating from afar using Zoom video conferencing and Stormz – they can participate as if they are in the same room as you

As we initiate our engagement with you, our team will collaborate with your team leads to clarify the goals and outcomes for your workshop, and identify how our workshop design needs to be customized to support your work context. Once this is understood, we assess creative means to use pre-work for participants to gather relevant data and prepare them for the workshop, and develop a preliminary workshop design. From there we work to integrate the workshop design into our Stormz Digital Facilitation application and once again, engage you to review and improve our design. Next, the pre-workshop package is released to the participants, the workshop is conducted and upon its conclusion, you’ll get a Workshop Results Report so that you and your team have all the data you need to write your Innovation Strategy and communicate key messages to stakeholders about what you’ve decided.    

Deliverables

Planning and Initiation Meeting; Pre-workshop preparation package for participants; Workshop Results Report with structured data upon which you can write an Innovation Strategy; key communications messages to immediately share with your Board, managers and staff about your strategic direction.

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Organizational Growth Indicator

Why Use this Service?

The Organizational Growth Indicator (OGI) is a proven organizational diagnostic tool that measures an organization’s ability to drive real growth through new value creation and adaptive change.

Use it when:

  • Your organization, division, or team is on the move, focused on growth or wanting to get more from your innovation efforts.  You need strategic decision support to drive growth, new value creation or respond to adaptive change.
  • You’re concerned about how ready your people are for the challenges ahead and you’re wondering what you need to do to support them.
  • You need to benchmark where you are today to demonstrate results in the future.
  • You need “hard” metrics around the “soft” people issues and culture dynamics that link to actual business performance around these kinds of situations:
    • Leadership Team Alignment and Performance
    • Strategic Initiatives and Resource Allocation
    • Organizational “Readiness” for Change and Growth
    • Business Unit Consolidation
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Board Management Related to Organizational Capacity and Results

Who Is this Service Designed For?

  • Senior, middle, and first-line leaders who need a sight-line into their organization, specific countries, regions, divisions, business units or teams
  • Human Resources leaders who need to assess return on investment for leadership or other staff development efforts
  • Boards of Directors

Outcomes and Results

Whether your focus is on organizational growth, transformation or innovation, BridgePoint Effect’s Organizational Growth Indicator service will make it easier for you and your team to get hard data for decision support and to move you more confidently towards your goals. It will help you prioritize your most compelling areas for attention and leave you with a solid benchmark upon which you can show progress towards your goals.

How Is It Delivered?

Through an online survey that takes less than twenty minutes to complete, we measure twelve key factors that determine an organization’s ability to grow and transform effectively.

After understanding your organizational context, goals and intended outcomes for using the OGI, we work with you to identify the most suitable areas in the organization for assessment. We then work with you to build a plan for the administration of an initial survey that acts as a benchmark of the current situation in the organization, and a follow-up survey (typically within 12-18 months) to show progress towards your goals.

Once the first survey is completed, we conduct an in-depth analysis of the results and prepare a preliminary report with recommendations. We share this with the sponsoring leader(s) in a briefing meeting where we identify your priorities for sharing a more detailed report with your leadership team. We then prepare a final report, with detailed recommendations, and three priority next steps that will have positive impact in tangibly moving your organization towards its goals.

Deliverables

Pre-survey support and administration; leader’s letter to participants: preliminary OGI results report, recommendations and briefing; final report and detailed debrief with leadership team; repeat survey and reporting process in 12-18 months.

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PROGRAMS FOR ORGANIZATIONS ON THE MOVE

Better Faster Simpler: Tackling Real Work Challenges to Create Value and Maximize Results

In every business, there’s always a dilemma that needs a better solution.

Have you ever wondered why your people aren’t creatively problem-solving business issues for you?

Whether you’re a founder or a leader in a small or medium-size enterprise, if you’re facing a changing landscape, you’re likely feeling the pressure to find better, faster, simpler, and more cost-effective ways to meet your goals and improve your bottom line.  

This program offers a creative way to tap the wisdom inside your organization: to tackle the things that bug youthe stuff that you know, if fixed, would streamline work and ultimately save you money, time and effort.

Think of this program as creativity meets on-the-job employee and leadership development. This is a way to get your people aligned around your issues and to help them overcome the fear of doing things differently, while at the same time finding a productive and morale-boosting way to find new and better ways to do their work.

With this program, it is possible to train your people to be experts in solving your business issues and creating new value for your organization. And at the same time, inspire and equip your teams to work better together, streamline work, and make positive contributions to your bottom line.

How Is It Delivered?

Through a combination of learning and on-the-job activities delivered over the course of 4 months, we deliver a customized training experience through a structured, repeatable process you can replicate and use over and over again.

Leaders with their teams:

  • Identify a business issue that requires new thinking,
  • Support each other through a targeted experiment to discover new ways of working that will resolve the issue by overcoming inertia and confronting their fears of doing something different, and once the experiment is completed,
  • Capture and share ideas, insights and key learnings so that other teams and the organization as a whole, benefits from their experience.

This training program consists of:

  • A kick-off meeting with your leadership team to guide and orient you through the learning process
  • 2 X ½-day Instructor-led workshops, delivered at your site, each at the start and conclusion of the program,  
  • Team based preparation to identify an issue to resolve, on the job experimentation and reflection on the value of what they learned while tackling your issue
  • 2 facilitated 90 minute online workshops delivered to leaders and their teams using our Stormz Digital Facilitation tool to guide the preparation and reflection stages of the learning process
  • Ongoing guidance for you and your leadership team throughout the engagement (scheduled monthly).

Who Is this Service Designed For?

Small and medium enterprises who are on the move and focused on any of these business strategies:

  • Growth, transformation or new value creation
  • Increasing profit and efficiencies
  • Streamlining work and increasing productivity
  • Leader and talent development

Outcomes and Results

Here’s what you can expect from this program:

  • Resolution of real work challenges that can contribute value to your bottom line
  • Employee engagement
  • Leader and talent development
  • A repeatable process you can learn and employ over and over again in your business
  • Team building and effectiveness
  • Increased morale
  • Leaders and teams that work better together

Deliverables

In addition to a highly engaging and creative learning experience, you’ll get:

  • Creative thinking tools and techniques to generate and evaluate ideas and assess lessons learned 
  • Answers to real business issues
  • A repeatable process for continuous improvement you can adopt and use on your own

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Taking the Risk on Innovation

While innovation is a leading indicator of an organization’s ability to sustain success, few have programs to develop innovation skills in their workforce.

Is this happening in your organization?

  • Building a culture of innovation has been identified as a goal in the organization.
  • Managers are left to guess at what innovation looks like and aren’t sure how to lead it.
  • Innovation is perceived as risky or the responsibility of a select few.
  • Innovation is focused on new products or technologies and operational employees are left out of the innovation equation.
  • Opportunities for business innovation – things that will have a bottom line impact and create value for you and your customers – get overlooked because your people either don’t think it’s part of their job, or they lack the confidence, permission or a mechanism to contribute ideas and take risks on doing something new.

If you’re wondering…

How to make the need to “be more innovative” relevant, practical, personal and achievable for everyone on your team?

Our Taking the Risk on Innovation Program will help you and your people build the awareness and behaviours to make everyday innovation a reality.

Think of this program as the “need to be more innovative” meets “on-the-job employee and leadership development.” This program will train your people to understand what it means to be innovative and create new value for your organization. And at the same time, we will inspire and equip your teams to face the risk of doing something different, in a guided experience that focuses on finding ways to work better together, streamline work, and make positive contributions to your bottom line.

Read the case study: Go Take a Risk: How to Conduct an Experiment in Risk Taking and Innovation

How Is It delivered?

Through a combination of learning and on-the-job activities delivered over the course of four months, we deliver a customized training experience through a structured, repeatable process you can replicate and use over and over again. The training models an innovation process and helps your people understand how to engage in that process productively.

Leaders with their teams:

  •   Identify a business issue that requires new thinking
  •   Support each other through a targeted experiment to explore possibilities and find solutions

Once the experiment is completed:

  • Capture and share ideas, insights and key learnings so that other teams and the organization as a whole, benefit from their experience.

This training program consists of:

  • A kick off meeting with your leadership team to guide and orient you through the learning process
  • 2 X ½ day Instructor-led workshops, delivered at your site, each at the start and conclusion of the program
  • Team-based learning to identify a business challenge to address, conduct on the job experimentation to find solutions to the challenge, and reflect on the value of what they learned while tackling the business challenge. This learning is supported by:
    • 2 facilitated 90-minute online workshops delivered to leaders and their teams using our Stormz Digital Facilitation tool to guide the preparation and reflection stages of the learning process
    • Ongoing guidance for you and your leadership team throughout the engagement (scheduled monthly).

Who Is This Program Designed For?

Organizations who are on the move and focused on any of these business strategies:

  • Building a culture of innovation
  • Increasing profit and efficiencies
  • Streamlining work and increasing productivity
  • Leader and talent development

Outcomes and Results

Here’s what you can expect from this program:

  • Resolution of real work challenges that contribute value to your bottom line
  • Employee engagement
  • Leader and talent development
  • A repeatable process you can learn and employ over and over again in your business
  • Team building and effectiveness
  • Increased morale
  • Leaders and teams that work better together
  • A workforce who knows how to discover possibilities and find innovative solutions

Deliverables

 In addition to a highly engaging and creative learning experience, you’ll get:

  • Creative thinking tools and techniques to generate and evaluate ideas
  • Answers to real business issues
  • A repeatable process for continuous improvement you can adopt and use on your own

Let’s get started … Schedule a meeting

Team Launch

Why Use this Service?

You’re launching a new IT, Project, Innovation, Leadership or work team; you want to set them up for success and need them to launch quickly.

You’ve got an existing team that’s going through a transition and you need to regroup and rethink: Who are you as a team,? Where are you going? Who do you want to be in the organization? What’s your purpose and how will you create value? What do you need to do to work better together?

You’re working on a virtual or distributed team; you need to leverage the diversity on the team and make it easier to work better together.

Who Is this Service Designed For?

  • Existing teams going through transition
  • Intact teams
  • Cross-functional teams
  • Newly forming teams
  • Virtual and distributed teams

Outcomes and Results:

When teams come together, they have two problems to solve. First, they need to figure out what work they need to do and then they need to learn how to work well together. This workshop helps teams solve both these problems. Your team will benefit from:

  • Personal and team awareness about how you approach challenges, prefer to engage in creative process and what this means to how you collaborate, communicate and contribute to team results
  • A common, intuitive language and process to manage yourself and each other as you get work done
  • Tools to run productive and effective meetings and bring the right thinking to work tasks
  • Clarity around what success looks like on this team, your vision, mission, core values and goals
  • A measurable action plan to achieve your vision

Deliverables:

Before workshop:

  •   Take the FourSight Thinking Profile Assessment online – 10 minutes

At the workshop:

  •   Your Thinking Profile Report & Interpretive Guide
  •   Your Team Report and Learner Guide
  •   The Keys to Navigating Your Thinking Preferences
  •   Clarity on who you are as a team, your purpose and how you will behave as you achieve it
  •   An action plan to achieve your team’s vision

Post workshop:

  • Unlimited access to the FourSight online application

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ThinkUP Innovation Framework™

Why Use This Service?

You need a better solution to orchestrate team performance. You want to shift your team’s thinking, and enhance collaboration and value creation in your organization.

  • You’re tired of sending people to training and not seeing a shift in behaviours, hoped-for increases in performance, or promised outcomes
  • You have goals to meet, and you’re concerned about how your team(s) will help you get there
  • You need innovative and creative thinkers focused on solving problems in your business and delivering value to your organization and clients
  • You’re navigating change and need a way to help your team develop the agility and resilience to overcome uncertainty and constraints, and help you lead it
  • You need a way to de-risk new initiatives

Who Is This Service Designed For?

  • Leaders and their teams who want to build capability within the organization while getting important work done
  • Organizations that are evolving how leaders lead and how people work together due to mergers, acquisitions, new partnerships or new needs for collaboration
  • Teams that are navigating change, uncertainty, constraint
  • Leaders who want to fast-track success, achieve and sustain high performance on any kind of team (intact, cross-functional, newly forming, virtual and distributed)

Learn more about this service.

Outcomes and Results:

  • Resolution of real work challenges
  • Value creation for your organization
  • Leader and talent development
  • Team building and effectiveness
  • A proven protocol for collaboration and employee engagement
  • Increased morale
  • Leaders and teams that work better together
  • A repeatable process you can learn and employ over and over again in your business

Deliverables:

  • Customized action learning and organizational development solution that meets the unique needs of your organization and people
  • Innovation skills development in the areas of Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Continuous Improvement; Risk Assessment and Risk-Taking Skills; Relationship-building and Communication Skills; Implementation Skills
  • Personal and team development in areas of Resilience and Agility; Cognitive Flexibility; People Management; Stakeholder Engagement; Team and Cross-functional Collaboration Skills; Emotional Intelligence; Judgment & Decision-making; Service/value orientation; Win-win negotiation skills.
  • A high-performing team able to meet the needs of your organization

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