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The Center for Innovation, Excellence and Leadership (IXL Center) helps you build innovation capabilities to get breakthrough results through courses, training, workshops and speeches. Offering research and consulting and insights from thought-leaders and practitioners in multiple locations worldwide.

CORE COURSES

The IXL Center courses are designed to be edu-training and insightful backed by theories and practical application of real-life examples, experiences and hands-on exercises which you can apply Monday morning.

Innovation Strategy & Leadership

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The IXL Center offers the Innovation Strategy and Leadership course to teach the importance of creating an imperative-for-change, identifying attractive new fields-of-play for growth, project portfolios to meet growth targets and partnerships to accelerate capture of value.

Innovation Process & Capabilities

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Innovation Management has become one of the most misunderstood management concepts of the modern business era. The main goal of Innovation Process and Capabilities course is to demystify Innovation Management and make it real.

Innovation Discipline - Metrics & Culture

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The IXL Center offers the Innovation Discipline – Metrics and Culture course. You will learn about the unwritten rules of the game in your company to understand the culture and the barriers, define the growth gaps, innovation targets and strategic innovation pipeline or portfolio. You will also learn about metrics for driving capacity and speed from concept to commercialization. You will also define the metrics to drive tolerance and ability to stay the path and course correct if needed across and up and down the enterprise.

Action-Learning Project

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The IXL Center offers the Action-Learning Program Innovation Olympics to enable individuals to apply what they have learned during the five Innovation courses, and gain competence and confidence to think and act differently to make innovation real with a real business or company.

Eureka sofware: Creating Breakthrough Ideas

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IXL’s Eureka process, software, and tools are the basis for a course in creating breakthrough ideas through a process of divergence and convergence.  Students are taught to define an innovation landscape, map fields of play, generate new growth concepts, match them with business models, and to build initial business cases for each innovation.

Making Innovation Real

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The IXL Center offers the Making Innovation Real as a turbo-training course that is insightful and actionable that helps you link your innovation initiatives to your strategy to make innovation real in your organization.

INNOVATION ELECTIVES

The IXL Center offers the Innovation Elective courses for individuals and companies who specializes or want to learn more on innovations in a specific area or industry.

Business Model Innovation (IM-601)

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The IXL Center offers the Business Model Innovation Elective course for individuals, universities and companies who wants to learn about business models and case studies to innovate within their industry.

Design-Led Innovation (IM-602)

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The IXL Center offers the Design-Led Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about ethnography, inspiration, storytelling, design, and visualization to drive innovation in your company.

Technology-Led Innovation (IM-603)

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The IXL Center offers the Technology-Led Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about how to use trends at the intersection of technology and markets to develop technology roadmaps, technology acquisitions plans, R&D strategies on one side and product roadmaps, market segments and market strategies on the other side.

Process Innovation (IM-604)

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The IXL Center offers the Process Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn how to look beyond continuous improvement, TQM and Six Sigma to develop breakthrough processes that completely change the rules of the game.

Product Innovation (IM-605)

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The IXL Center offers the Product Design Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about Cooper’s stage-gate process and how it removes risk and cost and drives speed from concept to customer in businesses looking for incremental changes in product design. Learn about the tools and frameworks used by StageGate and PRTM.

Package Innovation (IM-606)

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The IXL Center offers the Package Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about how color, shape, size and functionality can create totally new functional benefits and experiences for the customer and how to apply this knowledge to your environment. Learn about the tools and frameworks used by companies like Laga.

Brand Innovation (IM-607)

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The IXL Center offers the Brand Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about Lovemarks, understanding consumers, and leveraging word-of-mouth to create your own Lovemark. Learn about the tools and frameworks used by companies like Saatchi & Saatchi and BzzAgent.

TRIZ Turbo (IM-608)

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The IXL Center offers the TRIZ Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn about TRIZ, an innovation technique used by the Russians to beat the West and lead the world in science and technology. GE, Alcan and Chiquita are today benefiting from this new-to-the-West methodology. Learn about the tools and frameworks used by GEN3 to help companies using this methodology.

Healthcare Innovation (IM-609)

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The IXL Center offers the Healthcare Innovation Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn how to increase the innovation capacity and improve innovation performance for individuals and teams in new drug development in the Healthcare industry. Understand the culture, enablers and drivers for innovation in the Healthcare industry. Learn on how to generate big and bold ideas and accelerate these ideas from concept to commercialization.

Open Innovation and Partnering (IM-610)

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The IXL Center offers the Open Innovation and Partnering Elective course for individuals and companies who wants to learn how to source and develop innovations across and beyond your extended enterprise; and learn how to build win-win relationships and alliances across functions and businesses and across the value chain from concept to customer. Learn how to use scouting and insight generation tools, role-playing and simulation, make-collaborate-buy frameworks.

Innovation Portfolio (IM-611)

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IXL’s innovation management system is taught in this course.  The course covers building a product pipeline, building an innovation portfolio, responding the the competitive and trend environment, leveraging partnerships across the supply and value chain, open innovation, and managing ambiguity and uncertainty.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

This practical course introduces the basic frameworks and skills that every professional and consultant must have in order to be a world-class manager or management consultant: having structured thinking and communication, being able to solve complex problems, obtaining relevant information to make decisions, presenting effectively, and getting alignment from the audience. Specifically, the course covers:

  • The Pyramid Principle (basis for structured thinking and communication)
  • Professional and Ethical Behavior (what it takes to be a trusted advisor)
  • Problem Definition (Situation-Complication-Key Question SCQ analysis)
  • Approach (Issues analysis and work-plan)
  • Data Gathering and Analysis (primary and secondary research)
  • Findings and Recommendations Presentation (how to create compelling presentations)


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