Focused Innovation Training

Much has been made of the need for more innovative and sustainable approaches in recent times.  Despite understanding the absolute need for such, many struggle to break free from those day to day procedures and habits that inhibit us moving forward with innovative and strategic intent.

We all intuitively understand that to deal with intractable problems or to gain that competitive advantage, we can only achieve so much by doing the same things, the same way, over and over.

We know too that many of our traditional approaches are no longer adequate for dealing with an increasingly complex world. Coupled with this challenge is the need to not only reduce debt, but address our issues and opportunities in a sustainable manner. It can be tough going!

Over the journey I’ve come across many different tools, techniques & frameworks from diverse disciplines and trialed them in the workplace. Focused Innovation represents the methods amongst them that have the greatest impact at the coal-face. The selection of methods used in this course are based upon the following criteria.

  1. They need to work in the real world.
  2. They need to incorporate diverse opinion and enable participants to build new insights.
  3. They must assist participants to design solutions and ID new opportunities.
  4. They must be simple and easily translated into practice.

Focused Innovation has been designed to assist participants address current and pressing organisational needs and help identify new and emergent opportunities. Participants will be exposed to, and experience practical techniques that will enable them to think and design actions in a more innovative, yet focused and strategic manner.

The training comes with an additional work-based assessment to ensure the methods are embedded into practice and that there is a number of improvement initiatives immediately seeded into the work environment.

In tight economic times its no longer adequate to simply default to austerity based approaches. We all intuitively know we are going backwards unless we think and act in news ways. Focused Innovation can provide the skills to do just that.

“Frank has thus far undertaken 11 Focused Innovation sessions with us, this originally started out as one pilot session but due to popular demand, more training is being delivered. The positive feedback has been overwhelming with one senior manager quoting ‘It was the best training opportunity in a decade’. Not only are our people now learning new ways of thinking and solving problems, many are now successfully putting the practical methods into practice – I am regularly coming across new success stories of people taking initiative and applying the methods on an ongoing basis – I call it the ‘sprouting mushroom effect!” (Carol Jadraque, Innovation Manager Melbourne Water)

“That was the most useful training I have done in years and I can’t wait to implement the learnings.” (Session participant)

“The training was excellent! Well presented and engaging. The presenter was very practical and we are going to use the methods on a session next week.” (Session participant)

To book your sessions or discuss how your organisation will benefit from Focused Innovation, contact Frank on 0400 109727 or

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About the Author

Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Current clients range from Exxon-Mobil to Government Depts within Australia to Global NGO’s.

Much of his working life has been split between Australia, the South Pacific and Asia where he has trained and facilitated Lateral Thinking techniques, and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.

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