Dynamic Innovation Workshop

The Dynamic Innovation Workshop
is ideal for:

  • Managers who are developing new innovation processes in their organization to improve productivity and output.

  • R&D teams who are looking to operationalize existing technology on the shelf.

  • Venture capitalists who are interested in giving a new set of  innovation skills to their portfolio of start-ups.

  • Startup teams who are trying to launch a breakthrough innovation, develop a game-changing product or service, or disrupt an industry.


  • Innovators who are tired of "design thinking" and are looking for new ways to manage the innovation process.

Sample Workshop Sessions (2 hrs each)

Purposeful and Emergent Innovation, Revealed


In a facilitated case discussion led by Johnathan Cromwell, attendees will analyze two breakthrough innovations from the fields of autonomous vehicles and archaeology and learn about the theory behind the two paths of innovation that we call Purposeful Innovation and Emergent Innovation. By doing so, attendees will become equipped to recognize how these different paths manifest in their own innovation projects.

Flexing Your Creative Muscles


Decades of research shows that creative thinking is an essential ingredient to developing breakthrough innovations, but there are two fundamentally different ways that people can flex their creative muscles. In this session, attendees will work individually to complete tasks that actively engage two different styles of creative thinking—one that helps them develop Purposeful Innovation and the other that helps them develop Emergent Innovation.

Leading the Emergent Innovation Process


Developing breakthrough innovation can be a highly uncertain process that has unpredictable gains, unexpected setbacks, and moving targets. In other words, it can be emergent. Most skills that leaders are taught today—such as defining an inspiring vision, articulating clear goals, and providing autonomy to employees—can be precisely the wrong thing to do when they need to adopt a more emergent process for their project. In this session, attendees will complete a group task and learn about the key ingredient necessary for leading Emergent Innovation effectively.

Developing a Dynamic Approach to Innovation


Purposeful Innovation and Emergent Innovation can both lead to breakthrough innovations, but they operate under completely different conditions and require a different set of skills to be effective. However, they are also fundamentally intertwined with each other, and most innovation projects need a dose of both to be successful. In this session, attendees will participate in a group task and learn to recognize when they need to dynamically shift between Purposeful Innovation and Emergent Innovation, and more importantly, how to facilitate these transitions in a team.