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Innovative Thinking - Facilitator Certification


Train and coach others to think innovatively to boost their career and success

Being a VCI-Certified Innovative Thinking Facilitator, powered by Innovation Styles®, is an exciting and rewarding move for your career. Your training and coaching will enable people to transform their solutions to everyday work challenges from ordinary to innovative.

With your certification program, you’ll learn how to conduct workshop sessions with 8 objectives, and how to coach using 12 diverse exercises. In your online course, each section of the workshop and each coaching exercise will be introduced with a video, along with related worksheets and materials.

Once you’ve completed your certification course, you'll be able to train and coach others to gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills to:

  • Develop versatility with all 4 Innovation Styles®
  • Customize ideation questions for specific needs
  • Use diverse ideation techniques to stretch the breadth and depth of brainstorming sessions
  • Engage others to offer a greater variety of ideas and input
  • Improve group dynamics by recognizing and respecting the value of each style
  • Gain wider acceptance of ideas and proposals
  • Consistently develop solutions that are both innovative and comprehensive

The 4 Innovation Styles

To become a Certified Facilitator using Innovation Styles®, you’ll need to complete a VCI Innovative Thinking course, and you or your organization will need a VCI license agreement. Please contact us for more details.

The Innovation Styles® model has been used by tens of thousands of people globally to shift the question from "ARE you innovative?" to "HOW are you innovative?" With Innovation Styles® you will train and coach others to actualize innovative solutions that make the biggest difference for their work and their organization.

This course is specially designed for: Talent Development Professionals, Trainers, Consultants, Coaches and Innovation Ambassadors. Preview the course and download the course outline.

If you have multiple professionals who would like to become certified Facilitators, or you would like onsite certification training, please contact us!


 

This course includes:

54 Videos, Trainer and Coach Reference Guides, Idea-Generation Toolkit, downloadable videos and materials, and more!


Duration:

5 Hours of video and learning, plus practice time

What you can achieve with the Innovation Styles® is limitless!

Kim Saville
Director of Innovation Processes
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics


We use VCI’s Innovation Styles® in our creative innovation program. It is an excellent tool to build balanced teams for ideation and problem solving.
Dan Browne
Deployment Lead
Fortune 500 insurance company


My experience with Innovation Styles® has helped me to engage innovation and project teams with a different focus on change. It has had a profound impact on my clients’ work.
Belinda Block
Founder-in-Chief
Aha! to Action


What I love about Innovation Styles® is its focus on helping everyone to understand and appreciate their innate ability to be innovative.
Sai Krishna Rao
People Development
Centum Electronics


The Innovation Styles® opens up the opportunity for people to be versatile in their innovative thinking and brings in harmony amongst the team.

Your Instructors


William C. Miller

William is a co-founder and Director of Values Centered Innovation. For over 30 years, he has been an internationally-recognized expert on values centered corporate innovation – both as head of the Innovation Management program at SRI International (Stanford Research Institute, in the mid-1980’s) and as president of the Global Creativity Corporation (since 1987). He has been named numerous times by Leadership Excellence as among the top 30 thought-leaders worldwide on the subject of leadership.

Throughout his career, William has developed and applied practical innovation tools and processes that show people how to incorporate human values into their innovative work. His innovation methodologies have a proven record of breakthroughs in the field of innovation.

Debra R. Miller

Debra is a co-founder and Director of Values Centered Innovation. With 40 years of combined corporate and consulting experience, Debra is a top professional in the field of innovation.

She is the author and co-author of numerous books, articles and white papers published around the world, on subjects including business coaching, leadership, personal growth, human values in the workplace, and innovation enablement. In the early 1990s, Debra founded Masterful Mission, a business coaching organization working with executives, business owners and entrepreneurs. Through her work and public speaking she helped to pioneer the now-popular concept of business coaching and authored the book Beyond Motivation: Waking up the Knowing Within.

Course Curriculum


  Welcome to your Facilitator Certification course
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  Know your Facilitator resources and assignments before you get started
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  Share your experiences and questions!
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  Certification Part 1: Trainer Resources
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  Coaching Exercise 3 - Be inclusive when thinking innovatively
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  Coaching Exercise 5 - Foster balance when working innovatively
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  Coaching Exercise 6 - Improve style fluency and skill
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  Coaching Exercise 8 - Customize the 4 styles to any situation
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  Coaching Exercise 9 - Unify a workgroup through change
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  Coaching Exercise 10 - Diversify strategic thinking
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  Coaching Exercise 11 - Take risks consciously
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  Completing your Facilitator certification!
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  Please give us your valuable feedback about the course!
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Frequently Asked Questions



+ What does an Innovative Thinking Facilitator do?

As an Innovative Thinking Facilitator, your overall focus is to train and coach people to be more innovative in their everyday work. Your role is to introduce new knowledge and skills, while drawing upon the experience and skills that your participants already have.

The Trainer portion of this certification is designed to teach you how to deliver workshop sessions to people who have not yet been trained with the Innovation Styles®. The Coach portion of this certification is designed to teach you how to coach people who have taken a workshop or online course about the Innovation Styles®.

As a Facilitator, it’s important for you to develop your skills for working innovatively by practicing the Innovation Styles® in your own everyday work. Your experience with the styles will give you personal stories to share, which add energy and credibility to your workshops and coaching sessions.

+ Who is qualified to become a VCI-Certified Innovative Thinking Facilitator?

You can either be: (a) an employee training/coaching your company’s employees; or (b) a member of an external consulting/training firm, training/coaching your company’s clients. To qualify to be a VCI Innovative Thinking Facilitator, you must have at least 10 years of professional experience in positions involving talent development, training, consulting or coaching. A graduate degree in any field related to the above can count as 1 year of professional experience.

+ Are there any prerequisites for becoming an Innovative Thinking Facilitator?

Before or simultaneous to taking this course, you should complete either: (a) a 1 or 2-day workshop with the Innovation Styles®; OR an "Innovate with Style™" online course. Either of these 2 alternatives will give you a foundational understanding of the Innovation Styles® methodology as well as the opportunity to apply the styles to your own work.

+ What is the VCI License Agreement all about?

Prior to enrolling in the Innovative Thinking Facilitator program, your company will need to sign a License Agreement with VCI:

  • This agreement provides the terms and conditions for you to use a large repository of intellectual property in your training/coaching sessions. This repository includes a wealth of videos, Trainer and Coach Resource Guides with exercise materials, an Idea-Generation Toolkit, posters and more.
  • If you’re an employee training/coaching your company’s employees, the License Agreement provides the fees and terms for your company to enroll employees in the Innovate with Style™ online courses, onsite workshops and coaching sessions.
  • If you’re a member of an external consulting/training firm, the License Agreement provides the fees and terms for your company to sell the online courses, onsite workshops and coaching sessions to your clients.

+ How long does my certification last?

Under the License Agreement, you will personally be identified as a VCI-Certified Innovative Thinking Facilitator. Each year, your company must renew the certification for you to maintain your ability to access the training videos and materials and your permission to use them in your training and coaching sessions.

+ When does the certification course start and finish?

This is a completely self-paced online course with 5 hours of videos and learning, plus practice time. After enrolling, you will have 12 months of unlimited access to this course and the repository of resources you can use in your training and coaching sessions.

These resources are always available to you across all your devices anytime you need to train and coach others to be innovative in their every day work.

With each annual renewal of your Facilitator certification, you can extend your access and permission to use these resources for another 12 months.

+ What if we have a group who wants to get certified as an Innovative Thinking Facilitator?

We love groups! Together, we’ll design the best approach to get each member of your group certified, which could include blended learning and practice using the online courses and onsite training.

+ How do I access other courses that you offer?

We’re glad you asked! We have a fully-integrated set of modules to enable you to innovate to your highest capacity. With our core modules you can get certified as a trainer, coach or facilitator.

Any time you want to view our full range of courses, just click on the "Public Courses" tab at the top of this page. This will take you to our course home page where you can find everything that's available, including free mini-courses. If you need a customized course, just let us know and we'll design one for you!

To learn more about our full range of modules, analytics and services, download our Innovation Program Guide.

 

Do you need to train

and coach others to

think innovatively to boost

their career and success?


Then this certification

course is perfect for you!

See why you can feel confident with the Innovation Styles®!

This course requires a license agreement with Values Centered Innovation.

Contact us for enrollment.