It is difficult to describe the breadth of the learning that occurred over the past 2 years or more. The Innovation Garage teams skills and leadership inspired a significant change in how the organization thought about process, product development, teamwork, supply chain, operations and problem solving. The progress made was tangible and produced a sea-change in the culture and performance of the organization.
The approach to teaching, coaching, and the level of hands on work and learning was not a one-size fits all approach. The team spent an enormous amount of time learning about the org, the people, the processes, and our collective goals BEFORE providing guidance.
The Innovation Garage team made every individual feel valued and important and allowed them to take ownership of the process. Looking back I am amazed at the changes in the organization from the top down that took place as the team learned, grew stronger, and realized who was the correct fit for where we wanted to go. Some changes were painful but like exercise there is always that period of soreness as you push yourself to the limits of where you want to go.
I can’t recommend the Innovation Garage enough to an organization that is open to the idea of deep self exploration, is willing to make significant changes in how the team approaches problems and potentially WHO they want to carry forward through the process. The discovery process and the journey through the learning experience provided a template for the group going forward and we are still bearing fruit every day from the collaborative, learning approach that has been brought to our organization.