Innovation & Idea Generation
World class organisations invest time thinking about “What else can we be?” We can help with all aspects of business innovation from product and service innovation to operational and business model innovation. If what you need is new ideas, our approach seeks to leverage or expand your market insight to inspire better ones, and more of them.
We can facilitate a short term process to generate ideas from amongst your people - be it your own immediate team or your entire division or organisation. Additionally, we can help you set up self-sustaining and self-renewing innovation practices throughout your organisation by combining structural elements with the right management behaviours to allow cultural change to thrive.
Market Research & Analysis
Innovation program design & roll-out
An actionable and effective strategy can’t work unless the leadership aligns around a shared vision, bringing the rest of the organisation on board and directing effort towards that future state. We can facilitate your efforts to establish this aligned vision with your team, allowing you to focus on leading that team through the journey, and not on managing venues, adhering to the agenda, capturing notes, and so on.
With an aligned leadership, a stated strategy still needs to translate through to action. The most powerful question in strategy is “So what are we actually going to do?” We can facilitate this process for your teams, progressing vision through to strategic priorities and goals, and so on to specific objectives and initiatives. We can also take the lead in establishing the feasibility or attractiveness of specific initiatives in the early stages, conducting strategic reviews of existing business units or external opportunities.
Leadership & functional team strategy workshops
Opportunity Development & Business Planning
For the newer and more novel opportunities you have identified in your strategy, the standard “business as usual” approaches are often counter-productive. If you have really identified something promising, there’s a good chance there will be some uncertainty about its potential value - otherwise you would have already done it.
Most business leaders are loath to just throw a team of people and funding at an opportunity without some idea of how they are going to handle those uncertainties. Taking inspiration from the common practices of venture capitalists, we apply a method of working which gives your teams the freedom to explore whilst keeping the investment proportionate with the level of uncertainty.
Meanwhile, we can build a transparent and timely reporting regime to ensure you can apply direction without squandering too much of your own valuable bandwidth on non-core issues. If and when the prospect looks to be more of a sure thing, we can also help embed best practice business planning techniques.
New product/service development
If you are a senior executive looking drive strategic change, I would recommend Rob. He has the drive, intellect and experience in strategy and innovation that are essential in my view.
- Peter Mackie, Global Group President, CHEP Pallets