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Creativity, Innovation and Risk-Taking

Neil Dempster will wow your audience!In a world where it frequently takes 1,000 (or more!) iterations to generate one solid new product or innovation, it is not enough to become risk-tolerant! We must embrace failure and understand that without failure we will never have success.


This workshop will challenge many assumptions we currently hold about risk-taking that keep us from achieving the levels of success necessary to attain/maintain competitive advantage. Participants will discover why organizations like NASA use our course correction and nothing succeeds like failure methods to help them innovate faster than the speed of change.

Target Audience

Being creative and innovative is no longer an option in today's organizations. Many people influence how employees think about trying new approaches and taking risks, so access to this workshop should not be limited to just direct supervisors. This 'expanded' target audience should include:

  • Front-line and middle managers
  • Coaches and mentors
  • Innovation/research/project teams
  • HR and training department representatives

Key Learning Objectives

Learning objectives specify the new knowledge, skills/abilities and attitudes that a learner should have assimilated during a learning experience. Although the actual competencies incorporated in this workshop will be determined during the initial needs assessment with your organization, here are the foundational learning objectives for this workshop.

  • Understanding how failure is a necessary component of success
  • Eliminating risk-averse thinking
  • Effective risk/failure reinforcement strategies
  • Continuous learning systems that support a risk-embracing culture


Adult learning principles are utilized to encourage direct participation and interaction, unleash creativity, open minds to possibility-thinking—and maximize the learning. This workshop includes:

  • Multi-media presentations (e.g., projected slides, short video segments, etc.) to introduce topics and provide key foundational information
  • Experiential learning exercises to allow participants to make an intellectual and emotional connection to the concept of creativity/innovation
  • Stimulating and interactive discussions to share thoughts, ideas and experiences
  • Individual and small-group breakout sessions
  • An implementation timeline and summary exercise (includes facilitated discussion of potential obstacles to implementation)


This one-day workshop includes over 7 hours of instructional material and is delivered in-house only (no public offerings). The maximum class size is limited to 32 participants.

Customization Options

  • This workshop can be customized to accommodate your organization's specific training curricula, business/industry terminology and can be tailored to build upon previous training programs.
  • A unique customization option for this workshop is embedding short video interviews with your senior leadership team into the program to enhance the learning and reinforce the importance of the message. Interviews can be pre-scripted or free-form and focus on the leader's view of the importance of being innovative.
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