Hidden Innovators™ is a collection of tools and processes that empower organizations to create meaningful, impactful innovations in partnership with their employees.
We combined decades of experience in innovative team building, behavioral psychology, and outcomes research to create a full-cycle innovation development program that jump-starts innovation efforts and complements initiatives that are already underway. Now we are combining this program with sessions that introduce companies, teams, and individuals to the language and behaviors of innovation.
Interested in learning more? Below are the key steps in the program.
Many innovative people remain hidden within organizations. Our easy, quick assessment uncovers an individual's ideal creative role, and which existing innovator profile(s) they most closely match.
Individuals make up a team, and understanding them is paramount to the team's success. Our profiles provide intelligent structure that creates deeper relationships, interactions, and productivity among innovators.
An effective team is a group of people who trust each other, so great teams must be built from the ground up. Combining our profiles and individual assessments eliminates much of the trash associated with building innovative teams.
Great teams require psychological safety, dependability, structure & clarity, meaningful work, and obvious impact. Learning to work together effectively is the first step toward establishing all of these.
Individuals, roles, and processes combine to make an effective team prepared to tackle wicked problems. The structured introduction of problems, and processes to dig into them, begins creating a true culture of innovation.
Once you've decided to advance your internal innovation efforts, we'll sit down with you to discuss how Hidden Innovators can be applied to your unique needs. We'll typically cover the items:
Innovation is traditionally defined as "the introduction of something new." But simply creating new things doesn't necessarily result in value to the organization. To create meaningful innovation that creates real impact, we've redefined innovation as "a new, productive behavior that overcomes adversity." With that definition in mind, here are some ways our client have applied it to their organizations:
Can your organization benefit from being more innovative?
Let us show you how to uncover the hidden potential in your workforce and begin developing a culture of innovation that enables you to transform your organization and industry.
Simply put, design thinking is a process, applicable to all facets of life, that can be used to create new and innovative ideas and solve vexing everyday challenges. It isn't limited to a particular industry or area of expertise. Originally developed at Stanford University, it is a science-based, human-centric problem solving methodology that has been proven successful for nearly 60 years. In developing Hidden Innovators, we sought to enhance the established principles of design thinking by creating a science-based assessment and team training methodology that has been proven to be effective in speeding the innovation process through crafted team dynamics.
Dive deep to uncover the fundamental issues that drive needs.
Pull from diverse backgrounds to generate innovative ideas.
Use what you've built to validate it as a solution to your needs.
Humans are naturally creative. They also have a tendency to form teams to solve pressing problems and to look for new ways to do things. It's also true that all organizations long for creative problem solving. So if organizations are looking for creativity, and people are naturally creative, where's the disconnect?
Research has shown that creativity manifests in different ways. Some people prefer to "think" first, while others prefer to "feel" first, and still others prefer to "do" first. These preferences and the associated behaviors are called "personas" and just like individuals, teams and organizations large and small display them with predictable consistency. We've developed a process to not only identify your hidden innovators, but train them to work together in teams to see the world in a new light and to solve pressing challenges that arise in your business every day.
We're an innovation agency with a passion for helping organizations to realize their full potential through the application of science-based, human-centric problem-solving techniques and methodologies. We've worked with large, global organizations and newly-minted startups and the result are always the same: fresh, new approaches to vexing challenges, which leads to world-class innovations that rapidly move the organization forward.