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Sep 25 2019 - Sep 26 2019


All Day


$995 USD / Person

Innovation Engineering Leadership Retreat

Leadership REtreat

For Leaders and Leadership Teams


Learn a system for innovation that drives out risk


Communicate Your Strategy in a way that inspires innovation


Learn the key levers you have as leaders to enable innovation at every level


Learn how to test ideas at a fraction of the time and cost so you can make smarter decisions & investments


Map your own Innovation System and create a plan for making it even better.


Innovation is table-stakes in today’s world.  But what is a leader’s role in that system to ensure innovation is enabled throughout the organization?  Should you show unwavering confidence?  Should you operate by committee to get buy-in?  Should you be allowing big blue sky thinking?  Should you put compensation and reward systems in for innovating?  What do you “count” as innovation?

At the Innovation Engineering Leadership Retreat we’ll show you a methodology that can guide you and your organization into an innovation evolution.  You’ll get to see, feel and experience a system that not only creates and delivers innovation, but does it while reducing risk.

But most importantly, you’ll learn how to build and lead an innovative team and organization – and even get started working on your unique plans to evolve your company’s approach to innovation.

Fair Warning:  Many of the things you’d assume to be true about accelerating innovation in your company, aren’t.  In fact, many of the popular tactics used today can slow, stop or worsen your innovation attempts. 

“It gives you a completely different perspective on leading and managing businesses. Businesses have to be fast moving. Have to adapt rapidly. This gives you the tools to really think in different and dynamic ways…It gives you a completely wholistic view of how to really develop and change your business in a way that’s proven.”

Ken Grier

Creative Director, The Edrington Group

Hourly Schedule


7:30a - 8a
Meet and greet your fellow leaders
8a - 9a
Systems that Enable Speed to Market Success
Data, research, and a live experiment validate before your very eyes the power of applying systems thinking to innovation.
9a - 10a
Innovation Success Through Alignment
Learn a simple system for creating the three alignments: 1) Strategic Alignment, 2) Departmental Alignment, and 3) Team Alignment.
10a - 11a
Turbo Charging Brainstorming by 700%
Learn the two secrets for transforming the effectiveness of your personal and professional ability to create ideas to problem solve challenges.
11a - 12.30p
Driving Out Fear with Clear Communication & Fast Customer Research
Learn to use writing to think deeper about your ideas to say with clarity what your idea is and why anyone should care, and experience the power of rapid feedback
12.30p - 1.15p
1.15p - 2p
Doing Smarter Math on Innovations - Early in the Process
Learn advanced tools for doing the math, including Fermi estimating and Monte-Carlo "risk adjusted" sales forecasting, to transform decision speed and learning cycles.
2p - 3p
Driving Out Compromising on BIG IDEAS During Development
Learn to use Simultaneous Engineering and Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles of learning, resulting in ideas growing 28% in value during development.
3p - 4p
Innovation Case Study
A real life innovation case study detailing a company's challenges with transforming a very old company in a highly regulated industry and how they achieved success "FAST & CHEAP” with system driven innovation.
4p - 5p
Getting Started on Your Business
We kick start your team’s thinking about your organization’s innovation history and areas ripe for innovation as we prepare for the sample Strategy Activation session on day 2.
5p - 7p
Happy Hour & Dinner
Enjoy Happy Hour at the on-site
 Threshfield’s Pub - stocked with the best whiskeys, local microbrews, and world class wine. Followed by dinner


7:30a - 8a
Enjoy made-to-order omelets
8a - 12p
Application to your Business
START IT UP - NOW! On day 2 you get a hands-on experience applying innovation to your world through a
 rapid fire sample Innovation Engineering Strategy Activation session.
12p - 12:30p
Planning Ahead
Create a gameplan for what you'll do in your organization to leverage what you learned
12:30p - 1:30p
Lunch & Dismissal