A recent check of the phrase “business innovation” with the Google Keyword Search tool showed that over 74,000 people per month from around the world were seeking information related to this phrase. Many of these searches were likely initiated by people who recognized a need for help in generating and using new ideas, solutions, and opportunities for their businesses.
This is the realm and the challenge of an Innovation Facilitator. As organizational consultants, we are often asked to act in this capacity as groups seek innovative approaches to current or anticipated challenges, customer needs, or market conditions.
What does an Innovation Facilitator do? What does it take to play this role? Is it right for you? If these questions intrigue you, read on …
The research phase of consulting, commonly called assessment, is usually designed to reveal organizational trends, patterns of behavior or opinion, and points where action could be taken to make a productive difference in desired results. With a little advance planning, research can also promote buy-in among the people who will later be called upon to 'be the change.' Engaging key stakeholders in participatory research can reduce resistance and promote collaboration in planning and practicing new ways of doing business.
Here are three research methods that can help you build participant buy-in: click here to read more