Innovation at Work: Facilitator Training + Organizational-Wide Workshops

Bring group learning to your organization.

A component of Stanford’s Creativity and Design Thinking Program intended for groups, this workshop series provides teams the opportunity to learn together and develop a shared knowledge, language, and mindset to tackle the challenges ahead.

You’ll receive access to a series of three design-thinking workshops taught by Stanford faculty and a trainer toolkit and facilitator guide to help you facilitate your group’s extended learning. What’s more, you’ll get one-year of access to these workshops, using them as often as you like to train as many teams as you want and maximizing impact.

Intended for managers and trainers, we’ll set you up for success as you learn:

  • How to apply innovative brainstorming and prototyping strategies, from ideation to experimentation and presentation that will help take team strategy and design sessions to the next level.
  • How to run engaging and productive design thinking sessions that encourage team collaboration and deepen learning.
  • How to use hands-on exercises to engage your teams and contextualize the learning to your organization's needs.

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The Stanford Teaching Team:
You will learn from a stellar team of seasoned professionals and academic instructors who make learning fun and apply real-world case studies to lessons to ensure you leave ready to hit the ground running.

Perry Klebahn, Adjunct Professor, Director of Executive Education, Stanford
Jeremy Utley, Adjunct Professor, Director of Executive Education, Stanford
Scott Doorley, Creative Director, Stanford


The Workshops:
You will gain year-long access to three interactive workshops, each approximately 2-4 hours in length, where you and your teams will learn how to master the art-and science-of design thinking and use it to address challenges specific to your work.


Ideation: How to Generate New Ideas
In this workshop, Perry and Jeremy will teach you and your team valuable techniques and approaches to generate new ideas - and LOTS of them. You and your team will be on your feet, post-its, and markers in hand, as your faculty guides help you apply 4 key tools to your projects in real time:

  • "Yes and..." to defer judgment and build on each other
  • Constraints to generate volume
  • Analogous situations to take you to new territory
  • Selection criteria to choose the ideas you will take forward

By the end of this session, you will have a reserve of viable ideas ready for workshop #2.

Prototyping: Fast and Frequent Testing of New Ideas
Prototyping is not only for designers and engineers. In this session, you and your group will learn how to bring your ideas to life through a wide variety of low-resolution prototypes: from role-playing activities to storyboards, from a wall of post-its to a gadget made of materials you can find at your desk. Why prototype?

  • To communicate, start a conversation with users
  • To fail quickly and cheaply
  • To test possibilities
  • To manage the solution-building process by breaking down a large problem into testable chunks.

This workshop will expand on the techniques you learned in Workshop #1 and help you test the ideas you generated. Once you've completed this workshop, get ready to practice techniques to amplify the "power messages" in presentations and create active audiences through the last workshop of the series.

Perry, Jeremy, and Scott will take you and your group through an interactive step-by-step process to create powerful presentations that draw the audience in. Get ready to practice techniques to amplify the "power messages" in presentations and create active audiences.

  • Learn techniques to engage with an audience
  • Understand how to give feedback without being an expert on the topic
  • Explore ways to make the presentation goal clear and achieve the desired outcome
This workshop will expand on what you've learned in the Ideation and Prototyping workshops and teach you the techniques you need to successfully present ideas to your target audience.

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