We start off with a 100% FREE, no-obligation initial consultation. Then, if you like what you hear, we assemble a small team of experts with just the right portfolio of experience and subject matter expertise to help you achieve specific and rapid results. The scope of the FIT service is very small: a few days to a few weeks. This is an excellent "starter" engagement.
We help guide you on all elements of your overall innovation and business strategies. This includes identifying key needs that you have in training, coaching, personnel, methodologies, tools, vendor selection, and other innovation resources. We recommend strategies for moving forward, but you're free to pursue next steps on your own.
We keep a core innovation advisory board team available to you on an ongoing basis, through a simple retainer arrangement. This team adds new advisors on a temporary basis, as needed to respond to specific issues (e.g. long-term: culture-development; near-term: urgent problem-solving; or somewhere in between).
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WHAT DO WE DO? These are the service categories that are most likely to be provided in the initial engagements that we develop with our clients. Note that all our services can be remembered via the acronym "TRACCS": Training, Research, Assessment, Coaching, Consulting, & Strategy.
Our "bread-and-butter" offering as an Innovation Advisory Board. We provide both one-off strategic advice or an ongoing innovation advisory presence to deliver insights on a continuous basis (e.g. through a monthly retainer). This would include a certain frequency of live meetings (video, phone, in-person), email interactions, webinars, and various other touchpoints.
We provide assessments around various aspects of your innovation, creativity, culture, skills/strengths, and other attributes. These are conducted on an individual, departmental, or entire organizational basis. Results and insights from these assessments usually point to a number of specific interventions to follow (e.g. training, coaching, and/or performance metrics).
This involves the creation and delivery of various forms of educational offerings, including standard classroom training, customized workshops, online content provision, interactive/ experiential learning, and focused one-on-one sessions. Skills topics include innovation, creativity, creative problem solving, strategy, and many more.
These are services that typically follow after one of the early stage engagements has indicated a clear need and desire for deeper intervention in one or more of these ways.
Once a strategic pathway is discussed, it is often desirable to have one or more experts work as an "all-star team" on the design and implementation of ideas, concepts, or broad based solutions. This can take many different forms, depending on client requirements. We can work as an independent team and/or in collaboration with your internal team(s).
Our research takes several forms. First and foremost, our advisors are constantly engaged in their own research (independent, collaborative, or commissioned) and we offer to share insights from such with you on an ongoing basis. But we also utilize our analytical and investigative capabilities to perform customized research on your behalf. Either way, we deliver you insights that are highly actionable.
We provide coaching on an ongoing basis, typically on a one-to-one or one-to-group basis, over a period of a few months to a few years, as needed. This reinforces skills learned during training and/or assessment, and helps to ensure performance -- in terms of both quality and consistency. Research clearly shows (see Ebbinghaus Effect), how knowledge retention and performance fall off drastically without such post-training reinforcement.
The Innovation Advisory Board offers a unique value proposition to each key stakeholder in the innovation business landscape.
To the client, we offer a powerful, game-changing asset to supplement their business model: a diverse, ready-to-engage group of world-class innovation experts who are available at essentially a moment's notice and with a powerfully "light," adaptive operating model. The ideal client is one that does not currently have the optimal innovation leadership, management, or expertise in-house, but understands the need for such talent to help guide them during crucial periods of growth and evolution of their business.
To the individual advisor/member of the board, we offer the ability to join and contribute to an organization of world-class innovation thought-leader peers. This provides not just low-risk and low-cost opportunities to engage in new business projects, but also the benefit of cross-learning from the insights that other advisor-experts are generating in all facets of their business engagements. This open collaboration makes for a "network effect" of insight sharing, critical thinking, and creative enlightenment.
To the community, IAB offers a wide range of pro bono and "low-bono" (deeply discounted) services for those who fall into a number of disadvantaged individual/organization categories. In this way, IAB is committed to give back to those who need our help the most, and who we're confident will reciprocate back to their fellow entrepreneurs and community members alike, in the future (a "pay-it-forward" model). A willingness and passion for supporting the disadvantaged is one of the major requirements for membership into IAB. We know that we will wind up providing a lot of value without monetary compensation.
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