Innovation Seminar Helps Chief Innovation Officers Put Structure Behind the Fuzzy Front End

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"Chief Innovation Officer - Leading your Company's Growth and Performance Initiatives," is a two-day seminar for senior innovation leaders. Hosted by global performance excellence training firm, Breakthrough Management Group, Inc., "CIO" is focused on teaching leaders how to develop a culture of innovation, and providing a roadmap for developing a sustainable and measurable innovation program. Dates: February 25 - 26, 2008 in Denver.

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Chief Innovation Officer - Leading your Company's Growth and Performance Initiatives

Most every forward-thinking company sees greater innovation as critical to their survival in an increasingly diverse and global market. But few organizations understand what it actually takes to develop a culture of innovation and to how to design a program that achieves measurable and repeatable results.

This quandary has plagued senior leaders for many years, and this year Breakthrough Management Group hopes to put some of the head scratching to rest with a course for senior leaders that puts a structure and roadmap behind the fuzzy topic of product innovation, service innovation and even business model innovation to help organizations drive more measurable results.

The course, entitled "Chief Innovation Officer - Leading your Company's Growth and Performance Initiatives," is a two day Executive Education Program for business leaders who are leading the charge for growth and innovation inside their organizations or who are poised to take on that role. The event is being held in Denver February 25 - 26, 2008.

This CIO course will feature emerging strategies, tools and techniques from a variety of innovation leaders today. These leaders know how to enable the right people, employ the right tools and identify the right projects to drive a successful innovation initiative that will contribute to any organization's growth and long-term success. The comprehensive curriculum is designed around four core topics:

  •      The Emerging Role of the CIO
  •     Fostering an Innovative Company Culture
  •     Establishing a Systematic Innovation Process
  •     Accelerating Innovation in Your Organization

Faculty for this program, all of whom are distinguished academicians, award-winning authors, and entrepreneurs in their respective fields include: David Silverstein, President and CEO of BMG, author of Insourcing Innovation and a highly regarded speaker on the topic of innovation. Dr. Phil Samuel, Chief Innovation Officer for BMG, an innovation thought leader who has authored many articles and papers on the subject and presented at numerous conferences. Cheryl Perkins, President, Innovationedge. Ms. Perkins is the former Chief Innovation Officer of Kimberley Clark and was named one of Business Week's "Top 25 Champions of Innovation."

This is the third time BMG has offered the CIO course. The company hosted two similar events in 2007, each time heralding attendees from industries as diverse as healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and financial services into one room to discuss and learn about what they all have in common - the need to better drive growth and innovation in order to compete in the future.

For more information on Chief Innovation Officer, please visit the BMG Web site    

Participation is limited to 30 and BMG reserves the right to decline any enrollee it feels does not represent a peer with the other senior executives participating in the program.

For additional information, please also visit David Silverstein's BLOG on the Emerging Role of the CIO.

About Breakthrough Management Group:
BMG is the world's leading provider of training and consulting for performance excellence. Specializing in Lean, Six Sigma and Innovation, BMG works with leading companies around the globe to help "in-source" new capability and develop new core competencies. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Longmont, Colo., BMG has developed a loyal clientele that today exceeds 200 active businesses in industries as diverse as biotechnology, health care, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and energy. BMG has offices in 12 countries and has more than 100 employees worldwide. For more information, visit our web site.

About Innovationedge:
Innovationedge is breaking barriers to help companies achieve innovation capabilities and a growth pipeline. Its new interactive Web site and blog,, serves up insightful answers, tips, a calendar of innovation events and career growth opportunities.

Among its many offerings, Innovationedge helps its industry-diverse clientele assess innovation capabilities and pipeline, create an innovation roadmap, build successful open innovation models, deliver disruptive product and technologies solutions, streamline portfolio management and metrics, realign business processes and create a culture that delivers innovation.


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