Need to get different tribes to work together? Just need a one-time facilitation? Leaders can select from a wide scope of options to make their strategic problems clear and actionable, including one-time sessions and full training programs.
By the Project
For those needing help on a specific task, objective, or smaller scale projects.
Teams by Design
Skylance only uses scientifically valid psychometric instruments to construct creative, cross-disciplinary task forces.
Hacking the Innovation Arsenal
Lean Startup, Design Sprints, Design Thinking, Lean Six Sigma, and all the remixes and variations — The truth is that no one true innovation strategy exists. Period.
In these educational workshops, you are briefed on the current state of innovation practices, and why these innovation methodologies and philosophies have high failure rates, end up short-lived, and get prematurely shelved. And it’s not for the reasons you hear from gurus, pundits, and tech news outlets.
Hacking the Arsenal is intended for those already operating and practicing. These advanced workshops are experiential where leaders can visually decide where they should deploy most of their efforts. They involve going under the hood, reverse engineering most popular philosophies and methodologies, and taking a good hard look at the reasons for their misapplication.
More information to come.
Building the Innovation Engine starts here.
This is the main Zero-to-One program to help pioneers and inventors build innovative enterprises.
Here are the lessons you might appreciate no matter which option you take:
All training venues
Ideal size for training is 10-15 people. Environments are chosen based on how conducive they are for creativity and learning. We can also work together to locate a suitable space (either on-site or off-site). If you're in the vicinity of the Downtown Norfolk area, The Hilton MAIN is a good spot:
Frequently Asked Questions, briefly answered.
Q. Do you do Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Design Sprints or whatever innovation flavor?
My innovation process is certainly different, but I don’t adhere exclusively to a specific philosophy. Being a frontline operator in today’s consulting world requires flexibility and awareness of these critical nuances, not necessarily a specialization in any of them. To understand my reasoning, read this and this to get a better idea of the Skylance umbrella philosophy and the reason why context is actually more important than using a specific flavor. This is also one of the main points taught in the Hacking the Innovation Arsenal workshop series.
The ultimate constant is the team that collaborates every day on tough mission-critical work. The world faces countless challenges which go beyond product, service, app creation. Since the scope of innovation today has expanded, the toolsets and methodologies must “scale up” as well. There is still a logical and common sense training pipeline that all clients experience, but only if they opt for that program.
Everything else is secondary. If you explicitly need product, service, or app design services, you’ll be referred to specialists who are skilled in those domains.
Q. Do you offer a discount for nonprofits?
Yes, but on a case-by-case basis.
Q. Can you travel to my location to perform the work?
Yes. I’m available to travel within North America and outside. Contact me for a quote.
Q. I have a general question not answered here.
Any general questions not answered, just shoot an email to email@example.com
Q. Can we schedule a call to discuss a potential collaboration?
I appreciate people reaching out to me. I’m sure you’re doing great work. However, I have to judge each proposition by merit. My current time, energy, and focus is reserved for 1. paid projects with budgets already allocated, 2. Subcontracting ops, and 3. Teaming ops.
If you still want to reach out, email firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly describe the project, why you’re reaching out, and why you believe I can help. That way, even if I can’t, I can generate some ideas beforehand and offer tips based on your situation.
Q. Can you help me on a project?
Similar to the last question, I’ll do my best to send you some advice, tips, and suggestions. Follow me on various social media channels and start a conversation there! However, before contacting, please understand that I’m a full-time practitioner and most of the time, energy, and focus is reserved for projects with budgets and teaming ops.
Q. Can you share any resources on a particular topic?
There’s plenty of free stuff on the blog, the VIP newsletter, and on various social media channels. Holler at me on social, or shoot an email for anything that isn’t covered!
Q. Where can I send you an RFI, RFP, etc?
Same place. Shoot an email to email@example.com
The Skylance mission is to make collaboration real and tangible so that it can be experienced by all participants. Good news is that these skills are teachable, approachable, and inclusive. Skylance works with multi-disciplinary businesses and organizations who are authentic in their ambitions to really innovate and do great work.
Get in touch any time.