IMCRC Innovation Leadership and Coaching Program

Opportunity

The Innovative Manufacturing CRC’s vision is for the Australian manufacturing sector to be thriving, relevant and globally integrated. As a not-for-profit, independent cooperative research centre, it helps Australian companies increase their relevance through catalyzing collaborative, market-driven innovation in manufacturing business models, products, processes, and services. Located in Melbourne, with a small, specialized and highly qualified and skilled consulting team, they realized that they can best support their partner’s overall success through leading them to adopt a more aligned strategic, systemic, cultural and human-centred approach towards manufacturing innovation by completing a bespoke innovation leadership and coaching program

They sought assistance from ImagineNation™ to further develop their own internal innovation leadership capacity, capability and confidence. The aim was to know how to embody, enact and role model to partners what a successful innovation culture exemplifies, as well as know-how to effectively influence people and lead innovation by being effective, resilient and relevant themselves.

What we did

Designed a customized innovation leadership and coaching program blended learning program that aimed to develop a common understanding, language, and application of innovation, innovation culture and leadership within their unique context, which enabled them to effectively influence people and lead innovation by being effective, resilient and relevant themselves.

The innovation leadership and coaching program was designed to include 3 phases and was delivered over 6 months and involved the following key elements:

  • Adapting the program content from the proven globally recognized, ICF CCE accredited Coach for Innovators Certified Program.
  • Face to face team diagnostic and wrap up onsite half-day workshops.
  • Series of 9 live 60-minute fortnightly webinars, that included concepts and principles supported by facilitated group discussions.
  • Series of team skills practice sessions with structured debrief discussions.
  • Series of fortnightly recreation activities between webinars that included reading articles, u-tubes and on the job activities
  • A team action learning assignment that resulted in a sales pitch presentation that was signed off and budgeted as an ongoing strategic project.
  • A series of short fortnightly videos, ost webinars, that could be watched individually, in their own time, to reinforce the key learning concepts and principles.
  • Monitoring, iterating and reviewing the team’s progress in completing the action learning assignment via 4 online 45-minute team coaching sessions.
  • 2 individual one on one online coaching sessions to support team members strengths and reduce their personal barriers to innovation-led change.
  • A structured feedback and evaluation process.

What we achieved 

The innovation leadership and coaching program was an integrated team development and innovation leadership learning journey that enabled the team leaders to become trusted advisors through an “on the job” learning approach and methodology and a whole-person focus, on the front end of innovation that:

  • Developed a common understanding and language for innovation in their own, and in their customer’s context.
  • Further formed and normed the well being and effectiveness of the imcrc consulting team and improved their ability to operate cohesively and collaboratively.
  • Enabled the team to look outward and systemically, to role model, interface with partners and interact with clients, at any time, in any environment, empathically and collaboratively.
  • Co-created the freedom, trust, and permission to question, challenge the status quo & experiment with new ideas, fail without punishment, make and learn from mistakes.
  • Improved each team member’s communication, consulting and teaming skills to lead, influence and “pull” clients towards adopting innovation as a strategic and long-term leadership lever for increasing productivity and competitiveness.
  • Enabled the team to understand, deal and work with the barriers, people’s resistance factors, to innovation-led change.
  • Adopted retreat, reflection and review practices, and generative discovery skillsets to emerge new ways of being, thinking and doing in real life.
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