Innovation: How the Millennial Manager can unleash its potential

Never has there been a better time to unleash innovation in your organisation. There is a perfect storm that offers: an unprecedented amount of talented and entrepreneurial young people; accessible technology- many of it for free; and a colliding of ground-breaking knowledge which gives us a clear route forward; and customers who are accessible, around the world, because they are only a few clicks away from ordering.

However there are six common barriers to innovation that need to be understood and surmounted.


There are two types of innovation, and understanding the difference is paramount for the successful introduction:

  1. Gemba Kaizen innovation (innovation at the workface is a daily activity) which focuses on improving internal processes as a daily activity.
  2. Blue ocean innovation where an organisation moves away from the cut throat, dog eat dog bloody red oceans of competition to the clear, calm and rewarding waters.

The Millennial Manager’s Innovation Toolkit

This working guide will penetrate into the great work of Jeffery Liker, The Toyota Way, Masaaki Imai author of Kaizen and his follow-up book Gemba Kaizen, and show you how you can move towards Toyota’s amazing achievement of 10 innovations per employee per year worldwide. There are ten basic rules for practising KaizenThere are eight different types of waste that need minimising. There are four foundation stones for Kaizen implementation.

The working guide will also go into the brilliant work of W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne authors of Blue Ocean Strategy, and their follow-up book, Blue Ocean Shift.  Kim and Mauborgne’s five step Blue Ocean model revisited and clarified.

The great paradigm shifters, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Jack Welch, Gary Hamel have also talked, for some time, about the significance of innovation and how to increase your odds of success. The key lessons are extracted and listed for easy absorption. Peter Drucker’s Advice on five areas of innovation are separately identified. As is his advice on abandonment being the source of innovation.

A major change of culture requires an understanding of the psychology of selling and leading change. John Kotter’s eight step “selling and leading change” process have been further enhanced with Zaffron and Logan’s Three Laws of Performance that offers a more in-depth look at the psychology of change.

Innovation Toolkit Now FREE

The 70 page working guide is free.

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The E-Templates

The E-templates of all the checklists and instructions are reduced from US$30 to US$ 19.90.  To purchase, click here.  They include

  • Establishing a BOS Project Team Checklist
  • Establishing BOS Team Questionnaire
  • BOS Team 360-Degree Questionnaire
  • “Just Do It” Culture and Process Checklist
  • Job Description for the BOS Team Leader
  • Skills and experience
  • Workshop Preparation Checklist
  • Guidelines to Running Workshops