Training Services


A speech can be (and should be) a critical touchpoint that informs, inspires and lifts you toward action inside your organization. But what next? Starting well and getting traction on new initiatives in your workplace can be hard work, and it takes a solid plan and impeccable execution to make progress. What next? Call James.

He can help you design those next steps to take to get inside innovation and to get results. Next steps could take the form of surveying your employees to test their readiness for change. It could take the form of a series of workshops for your frontline supervisors or perhaps a seminar for your leadership team. You may choose to explore one or more of the themes in further detail, such as releasing personal creativity, building culture or the developing collaborative teamwork.

Even difficult audiences respond to James’ earnest and articulate delivery.
— Judith Wiley, Executive Director, Central Community Health Centre


What the Innovation Process Looks Like

Download this summary article on the steps to successful innovation.



Four carefully crafted innovation training programs

Innovation Training for Individual Contributors

A well-designed package of four training sessions especially targeted to the needs of your staff:

  • Communication Skills: because communication is essential for innovation teamwork

  • Creativity Skills: learners gather the tools and techniques essential to idea generation

  • High-Performance Teamwork: innovation is a team sport and needs good team players

  • Collaboration for Innovation: adds the teamwork skills essential to effective innovation

  • plus a Personal Creativity Self-Assessment tool

Innovation Training for Team Leaders

Integrated training sessions for those tapped to lead an innovation initiative or program.

  • High-Performance Teamwork: innovation is a team sport and needs good team leaders

  • Collaboration for Innovation: adds the teamwork skills essential to effective innovation

  • Team Leadership for Innovation: because innovation requires different leadership skills

  • Design Thinking: an essential orientation to a key thinking tool for innovation teams

  • plus a Team Leadership Self-Assessment

Innovation Training for Middle Managers

Middle managers are often called on to support innovation initiatives led by others. These workshops provide the context needed to be effective internal supporters of innovation.

  • The Character of Innovation Leaders: the core attitudes and aptitudes of an innovation leader

  • Managing the Culture for Innovation: deliberately managing culture is essential to success

  • Building Teamwork for Innovation: support to teamwork can make or break an initiative

  • Pursuing Innovation Means Managing Change: understanding the interconnect is crucial

  • Communicating Change and Innovation: effective innovation demands communications

  • plus an Organizational Readiness for Innovation assessment

Innovation Insights for CEOs and GMs

Pursuing a conscious program of innovation requires adjustments at every level of the organization and in every facet of management. These seminars help build personal and organizational capacity to lead innovation.

  • Building Your Vision & Strategy: innovation only thrives in an environment of purpose

  • Building a Future for Your Business: connects innovation with business planning

  • Building Your Innovation Capacity: summarizes the four essential elements of innovation

  • Building Trust: psychological safety is fundamental to innovation, and managing it is a skill

  • From Strategy to Execution: success demands bridging the gap between plans and action

  • plus a Leadership of Innovation self-assessment

Inside our organization, James stimulated teamwork and fresh thinking to get the kind of results set down by our executive team.
— Jeff Rutherford, Ontario Police College