Educate

Unlock creativity, boost innovation capability, and build confidence and energy.

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The skills and the mind-sets innovators need differ dramatically from those encouraged in the traditional corporate world. Using educational experiences to change this dynamic not only boosts innovation productivity—it enables companies to inspire and engage their people.

?What If!’s innovation education covers the entire innovation journey, from the sometimes amorphous front-end all the way through to getting new ideas out into the world. Our high-impact curriculum contains expert content taken from years of frontline innovation experience. Our programs embed the right skills and behaviors, create a shared language around innovation, and inspire the energy and confidence required to truly innovate.

Over 12 years we have trained tens of thousands of people in some of the world's largest organizations. It’s an experience that has allowed us to create action-oriented and experiential programs that are consistently:

Cutting-edge and advanced. We believe in innovating the way we innovate at ?What If!, and our curriculum is constantly refreshed by our experience on thousands of innovation projects around the world. This restlessness and constant freshness is what makes it possible for us to offer the very latest and most advanced innovation-capability programs.

Inspiring and energizing. Our teachers are innovators themselves, with a passion to build core innovation skills in other people. They live out the behaviors essential to innovation while imparting stories from their own frontline experience. That’s what makes them great role models and coaches. We consistently receive outstanding scores for our inspirational, engaging, and high-impact educational programs.

Real-world relevant. ?What If! teaches practical and accessible tools that can be applied immediately. We don’t spend our time on theory and academics when we have so much “in the trenches” experience to share.

Applicable across the organization. Our curriculum caters to every level of the organization, meeting the differing needs of senior leaders, practitioners, innovation project teams, and enabling functions. We work across all departments and functions because we believe they all have a role to play in making innovation happen.

Our people are innovation practitioners, not consultants or academics. We bring contagious energy, boundless inspiration, and deep battle scars from our own innovation experiences. Our expertise extends beyond training: We work closely with client teams to put their new skills into practice back in the business. This integrated way of working means our partners generate their own success stories. We make sure they not only own the result but also develop the skills and momentum to nurture their new innovation capability.

Our method of building innovation confidence for individuals delivers tangible results for the organization at the same time. The result is twofold: practitioners with firmly embedded innovation capabilities, and a buzz and momentum around innovation across the business.

Recent Work

Ignited new approach to innovation for the Asia Pac team of a global bank, skilling up attitude and behaviors and putting in place organizational structures to make creative changes inevitable; resulted in the company’s new Singapore credit card campaign, achieving 122 percent card acquisition over target and a 23 percent increase in spending per active account.

Created an innovation tool kit and learning program for international consumer goods company used globally to grow brands across all markets.

Partnered with global search engine to blend their mathematical wizardry with our creative learning tools, enabling them to radically upgrade the quality of their ad sales.

This education really opened my mind for how I can bring the energy back into our innovation department. I am 100 percent convinced that this experience will inspire the rest of the company to join us on our crusade.

Nina Gillsvik, Innovation Director, Global Marketing, the Absolut Company

EXPERTISE

FROM the greenhouse