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Training Resources for Leading Innovation

If you’ve completed the training Leading Innovation, then welcome to this resource page. Everything on here supports what you discovered and learnt on the training. If you’ve found this page without doing the training, feel free to browse.

Video Clips

Great Talks?

The secret structure of great talks


From Ted: From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

Introduction to Solution Focus

Simple animation.


A light intro to what a Solution Focus is, good as a refresher on the basics.

Margaret Heffernan: Pecking order

Leadership, performance & hierarchy

From TED: Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”
Frugal Innovation

Creative Problem Solving in the face of Extreme Limits


“When external resources are scarce, you have to go within yourself to tap the most abundant resource, human ingenuity, and use that ingenuity to find clever ways to solve problems with limited resources.”

I think this will be very important in years to come as we see even more pressure on natural resources and changing economies.

From Ted: Navi Radjou has spent years studying “jugaad,” also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.

Reclaimed Innovation

Creative houses from reclaimed stuff.


TED: In this funny and inspiring talk, Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own drive to make more with less.

Collective Creativity.

It’s not about being the boss.


FROM TED: What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of “Collective Genius,” has studied some of the world’s most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated “creatives.”

Emotional Spectrum

How are you managing pressure and change?


Learn the difference between living above the line versus below the line and locate yourself across every area of your life.

Dan Pink on Intrinsic Motivation

Motivation: Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.


Drive by Daniel Pink

Very good book exploring truths about motivation; autonomy, mastery and purpose

Articles by David Savage

Chaos, Collaboration & Sustainability

There’s a short exercise I often run when I’m speaking and training. I give twelve to fourteen volunteers a simple brief to create a certain formation together but without communicating. When I ask them how they think it’ll go, “Chaos” is the word that normally arises from what they perceive is an impossible task. However, in less that two minutes, they complete the task and it’s mind-blowing!

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Lack-luster team performance: Ten questions to ask!

What are the signals of lack-luster team performance, and what are the solutions? David Savage shares the questions he looks to get answered when starting to coach a new team. #1: Commitment: Does everyone in the team want to be in the team? There's a difference...

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