Skills, Tools and Mindsets for Practical Innovation
A MODULARISED PROGRAMME
The Six ‘I’s® in ACTION is designed to develop innovation skills and mindsets by applying them on a real business challenge. Innovation strengths around The Six ‘I’s® are measured and reinforced to deepen understanding and embed learning.
#1 AGILE (Non-Linear) Journey
Innovation journeys are commonly represented by an assumption that innovation starts at the same place, ‘the beginning’. The Six ‘I’s® provides a trailblazing perspective on this, by representing the journey as an inter-connected whole. In reality, innovation efforts can start at any stage, cycle back into PURPOSE, cycle back out, moving backwards and forwards at any time; to eventual value creation.
#2 PURPOSE at the Centre
Many processes and models suggest jumping into a challenge (the ‘WHAT’). The Six ‘I’s® breaks the mould by starting at the heart of a challenge …with an exploration of the WHY? The Six ‘I’s® is an innovation MODEL for the 4th Industrial Revolution that encourages sustainability and PURPOSE at its core.
#3 More than just a robust PROCESS
Many innovation models focus only on the process and miss out the equally important component of building systems and policies to support innovation efforts. The two triangles that link PURPOSE to the six stages, symbolise this connection, as innovation efforts often fall apart if they don’t take into consideration culture and ways of working.
#4 PROFILING TOOLS - Leveraging
Strengths, Building Capabilities
Most innovation efforts are focused on addressing a challenge or seizing an opportunity. Sometimes, innovation efforts fail because the individual or team does not possess the requisite skillset to make an idea work. The Six ‘I’s® profiling tools allow organisations to discover individual and team collective strengths, which enable targeted interventions to leverage strengths and provide support where needed.
#5 MINDSETS for Innovation
The Six ‘I’s ® is the world’s only Model which incorporates the various mindsets required to innovate. This is a radical breakaway from the idea that a separate, singular mindset is required.
#6 FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE
Adopting The Six ‘I’s® does not require a rejection of other systems and approaches. It is a flexible architecture that seamlessly incorporates other tools, methodologies, and ways of working e.g., lean, agile, sprints, design thinking, stage gates, business model canvas, lateral thinking, pitching, and so on….
Natalie is the Founder and CEO of The Entheo Network, and has worked for and consulted with some of the world’s leading organisations including DBS, LEO Pharma Asia, Kellogg’s, Singapore Airlines and CISCO Systems, helping them build innovation systems, culture and capabilities as well as generating new ideas to help them grow their teams and businesses. Natalie is also an international speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and an experienced business facilitator, consultant and innovation coach. Watch Natalie speak on the subject of PURPOSE in the age of digital disruption at the Asia Professional Speaker’s Convention.
Natalie is the inventor of The Six ‘I’s® an innovation methodology and assessment tool that helps individuals and organisations measure their innovation strengths and provides a clear step by step guide to make innovation practical and effective. She is also the Author of Yes, You Can Innovate. Discover your innovation strengths and develop your creative potential and contributing author to Unleash Your Voice. Powerful Public Speaking for Everywoman.
Natalie has three degrees; a BA Hons in Politics & Legislative studies, an MSc in Economics and Social Psychology and an MBA. She is a Master Practitioner in Group Dynamics and Non-Verbal Communication and a Certified Integrative Enneagram Coach. Natalie is a UK National who lives in Malaysia, works in Singapore, across Asia and in Europe.
Co-Founder of The Entheo Network, Carl has over thirty years’ experience working in the arts and creative industries in a variety of financial management roles. Focused on developing a strong platform for sustainable growth, Carl is a specialist in creating and maintaining financial management, operations and IT systems. Prior to setting up The Entheo Network, he was engaged as a management and project accountant for the Barbican Arts Centre in London. He also acted as a financial consultant for the UK Government within the educational sector. Carl has been instrumental, in partnership with our IT specialists, in creating and managing the development of the Six ‘I’s® profile management and reporting system. He is also responsible for the commercial aspects of the organisation as it grows internationally. Beyond his specialism in working with entrepreneurial ventures, he is a professional in-person and virtual DJ and has performed at numerous venues across Europe and South East Asia as well as streaming live through with his weekly uplifting soul and funk show Sunday Soul Sessions.
An ex Singapore Girl, with almost 20 years of cabin crew experience for Singapore Airlines, Hany excels at customer service and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. As well as supporting the operational backbone of the company, Hany provides administrative assistance to our growing network of Certified Six ‘I’s® Practitioners around the world and digital marketing communications support for growing the Six ‘I’s® brand. Hany has a Diploma in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Oxford.
Dr Bettina von Stamm was the first Certified Practitioner of the Six ‘I’s® of Innovation and deeply believes in the Model as it combines process and mindset and nurtures an understanding that everyone, whatever their skill or ways of thinking, has a role to play in the innovation journey from idea to implementation and improvement. Another reason she loves the Model is that it has PURPOSE at its centre. In these times of unprecedented challenges, it becomes ever more critical that innovation is purpose driven, ideally to pave the path towards sustainability and regeneration.
Bettina has been a visionary thinker and doer in the field of innovation for well over 25 years. Whether running leadership seminars and workshops or speaking at conferences, as well as coaching, mentoring or teaching MBAs and executives, Bettina brings her contagious positive energy to inspire and open minds. She enables both individuals and teams to think differently about being creative, and how to apply creativity to their business. She also enables highly diverse teams to work joyfully with each other. Both these areas are all the more important in this ever volatile world where sustainability and regeneration are key. Her credibility arises from an approach that combines deep insights with latest findings from scientific and social science research. Her passion for, and knowledge of her work, make her fun and engaging to work with.
Brigitte has 25+ years’ experience in the international Food and Beverage industry gained through local, regional and global positions as a Director in brand & marketing, insight, innovation, category and business development. Organisations that she has worked with include; Nestle Greater China, Unilever China and Asia, Danone France, Danone Nestle JV Czech Republic, Danone APAC and Fonterra Global Consumer brands in New Zealand.
She loves to create value within emerging and disruptive categories, having broad expertise of how to identify strategic opportunities to craft differentiated brands. Her insights have helped to shape value propositions in diverse food categories including ready-to eat meals, healthy snacking, life style and plant based beverages, and functional dairy in Baby and Healthy Aging. She is the Founder of Start’In for Good in Singapore designed to positively impact organisations within food transformation. Brigitte has a MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University Canada) and EM Lyon Business School (France).
Joyce is a leadership development facilitator, coach and consultant with extensive international business and management experience in leveraging diversity in the field of intercultural management. She has coached and facilitated programmes for senior leaders and teams in some of the world’s leading businesses and organisations including, as an adjunct faculty member, at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Asia-Pacific. She has also worked as a Research Associate at INSEAD in Singapore and in France and is a member of the Asia Pacific and European Alliance of Leadership Facilitators and Global Executive Coaches. She is a Fellow of the RSA. Joyce has a MA in Chinese and Japanese studies and in Intercultural Communication, which she also teaches at the University of Warwick, UK. Joyce chairs the boards of both SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) Global and in Southeast Asia.
Cathy is a facilitator, coach and speaker who works with multinationals across Asia to develop leaders and support change. She has 28 years of international corporate experience which brings a depth of understanding around the challenges faced by leaders in the complex world of organisations. As an experienced facilitator, Cathy is passionate about supporting conversations to address organisational goals while simultaneously managing group process to foster individual growth and understanding. She creates a very interactive space and uses humour and wisdom to motivate interest and learning. Her areas of focus include innovation and change, executive presence, challenging conversations, compelling presentations and assertiveness. Her last corporate role was Head of Marketing of a NASDAQ-listed business-to-business media company. Cathy holds an MBA from the Keenan-Flagler Business School of UNC Chapel Hill, and is a Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation, New Ventures West.). Cathy has lived in Singapore for 23 years.
Passionate about helping organizations and individuals with high-performance for a higher-purpose, Senela is an Award-Winning international keynote speaker and Certified Transformation Coach. As an expert trainer in corporate and business, Senela specialises in growth acceleration and goal-setting, innovative leadership, change management and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also the Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global, a Board Member of McQuire Rens Global and a speaker and member of the International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). Senela has conducted Leadership masterclasses, executive coaching and start up mentoring programs for professionals spanning 20 countries. Her key areas of expertise include; leadership acceleration, building innovative teams, start-ups, strategic alliances, inclusive work cultures and organisational development.
David is an Australian, who has lived in Asia for 20+ years, including China, Singapore and Hong Kong. His 35 years’ experience in commercial operations, manufacturing, services management, and business Improvement, include 12 years serving in Asian regional senior leadership roles for Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Philips Electronics. He brings deep expertise in business dynamics and regional cultural diversity in driving innovation and change. Since 2013, he has coached and facilitated innovation and business improvement at enterprises large and small across a broad range of industry sectors such as: healthcare and allied services, supply chain, consumer distribution and retail (including e-commerce), manufacturing and export industries (including electronics and automotive), banking and finance, hospitality and many others. His Certifications include; HP Sigma + Business Improvement (Black Belt), Executive & Business Coach, Cultural Consultant, Personality assessments (SDI, Harrison), Emotional Intelligence Coach.
Edmund Seow is a trainer and facilitator with over 11 years of experience transforming organisations around Asia. He is currently based in Cambodia, and helps to support The Capacity Specialists, a boutique learning and development service provider that focuses on creating value and tangible results for their clients in all areas of their organisation. Edmund’s open and engaging facilitation style is highly experiential. He has implemented people improvement and innovation solutions for SMEs and MNCs like AVIVA in Singapore and RMA, Smart, and AMK in Cambodia. His work in DBS Bank, Singapore as an internal consultant to implement service culture change, impacted over 900 staff in 83 functional teams. The work of his team helped the bank secure Singapore’s Innovation class Certification and Awards for Best in-house contact centre, Best customer service delivered, and Best Bank Award in Singapore from Finance Asia for 2013.
Dr Khoh Soo Beng is Malaysia’s first Six ‘I’s® Certified Practitioner. He is an innovation consultant, trainer, and coach with >28 years of experience in R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, IT, 6-Sigma, software engineering, project management, knowledge and innovation management in Fortune 500 MNCs.
He consults internationally and helps clients leverage technology (Internet-of-Things(IoT), Industry 4.0, AI, etc.) to create business value in healthcare, Medtech, electronics, and semiconductor market verticals. Past official role as innovation champion, inventor mentor and consultant black-belt in Fortune 500 companies; have equipped him with hands-on experience in Lean, Design for Six Sigma, TRIZ, new product introduction(NPI), intellectual property management & patents, design thinking, technology-enabled innovation and digitalisation. His company, PMO Innovations Sdn Bhd, is a Malaysia HRDCorp & Project Management Institute (PMI) approved training provider.
Dr Khoh holds a PhD in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Warwick, UK. He is a member of IAOIP, IET, IEM and a senior member of IEEE. He currently sits on the board of directors for IAOIP and chairs the Malaysia National Standard Institute mirror committee for TC279/ISO56000 Innovation Management Systems.
Adam brings a career in management consulting, training, and change management with a passion for sustainable business. He has worked with the public and private sectors to challenge and stimulate the way they approach innovation in the creation and deployment of their products and services.
Adam is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Padang & Co, an innovation catalyst. Padang drives the adoption of open innovation practices in the public and private sectors enhancing organisations innovation capabilities to solve problems and develop new opportunities.
Adam believes that partnerships between corporates and start-ups is the future of work and will drive a new wave of innovation and build a resilient ecosystem. This led Padang to co-architect LEVEL3, a workspace collaboration with Unilever Foundry that supports Singapore’s emerging start-up ecosystem and entrepreneur community to create and connect them to real business opportunities.
He has worked and lived in Asia for the past fifteen years, in Taiwan and Singapore. From Australia, Adam was previously CEO of Ticketek and Strategic Planning Manager for Optus Singtel.
HR Magazine (UK) named Michael as one of the UK’s Most Influential Thinkers in HR in 2013 and 2016. He is the author of Expert Humans: Critical Leadership Skills for a Disrupted World. Michael graduated from Durham University in Chinese followed by postgraduate studies in Japanese language, politics and economics at Nanzan University, Nagoya, after which he worked for Toyota Motor Corporation. Returning to the UK in 1988, Michael worked at the University of Bath as Director of the Foreign Languages Centre. In 2001, he returned to Asia as Director of INSEAD Executive Education in Singapore and later joined the Center for Creative Leadership Asia Pacific as MD. In 2009 Michael became CEO of the Roffey Park Institute (UK) and in 2018 Michael joined the Human Capital Leadership Institute (Singapore) as CEO. In 2020 Michael joined the FutureWork Forum as a Partner and co-founded Expert Humans Pte Ltd.
Simon earned his BSc in Food Technology at the University of Reading, and has since that time worked in the food industry for major UK food retailers; Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's Supermarkets, and Waitrose & Partners as well as Innocent drinks - an entrepreneurial fruit smoothie company, and Pret A Manger - a quick service restaurant chain with outlets on three continents. In this time, his roles have included supplier management, new product development, and innovation. These roles and experiences have each informed a different and generative component to Simon's innovation practice. Simon became a Certified Practitioner of the Six ‘I's® of innovation in January 2020 and worked actively with the Model in his role in Food Technical Innovation at Waitrose & Partners, introducing a new common language of innovation as a result.
With over 26 years’ experience as a strategically focused business leader, many spent as a Director, Neil has focused on the initiation, development and implementation of effective strategies to deliver organisational success. He is a natural leader who empowers and guides individuals and organisations to gain a sense of direction, and to look hard at what it is that motivates their success. Neil loves people and how they work; so much so that he embarked on a journey into NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming); over the years he became a Practitioner of NLP, then a Master Practitioner and Therapist and latterly, an INLPTA trainer of NLP. Seeing as companies are generally filled with humans, being a results-driven empathetic human specialist comes in handy when helping to define company cultures and associated values, in the innovation space. How you innovate will depend on who you are and how you show up. An excellent communicator and presenter with a down to earth style, Neil has a way of cutting through the jargon and smoke screens so that everyone can feel comfortable and included.
Daniel Wain was the former Worldwide Director of Learning & Development at Research International (then part of the WPP Group). Since going independent in 2007, he has specialised in learning and development consultancy as well as training and coaching a range of subjects including business, communication and relationship skills. His clients have included most of the global market research agencies, as well as a wide range of smaller consultancies. He has also worked with many client-side insight teams at organisations such as Avon, BBC, BT, Capita, Debenhams, Hewlett-Packard, PwC, Telia Sonera, Tesco Bank, Utility Warehouse and Waitrose, as well as with industry bodies such as the global insight organisation ESOMAR and the Market Research Society (MRS). Daniel holds a Masters in Human Resource Development, and has been a Fellow or Visiting Professor at the Universities of Southampton, Westminster and Winchester in the UK, as well as the IE Business School in Madrid. Daniel is also a regular contributor to a variety of business and academic journals, a published playwright and an award-winning conference speaker and actor!
Harvey Wade is an experienced transformative leader who drives business impact from innovation and change programs. With over 15 years’ experience in formal innovation roles, he knows what it takes to create, drive and sustain improvement in organisations, changing cultures to increase engagement and buy-in at all levels, enabling better performance and results by understanding their customer needs, desires and wants. Harvey’s innovation journey began at Allianz UK, where he designed, setup and ran the employee innovation program for Allianz UK. Then joining a boutique consultancy as Director of Innovation Strategy, he advised key clients, such as Citi, J&J, AGL, RAC, Westfield Malls, Tesco and Scottish Water, on how to engage their workforce and customers to identify ideas that solved and overcame their key challenges. Harvey moved back into the corporate world, joining Cisco as EMEAR Innovation Lead for the Services Innovation Excellence Center (SIEC) responsible developing and supporting the innovation programs of Cisco to improve customer centricity. Harvey left Cisco to pursue his passion to create innovators everywhere through his organisation Innovate21, based in the UK.
Fiona has a passion for working with teams and individuals who want to drive their businesses forward. Her key strengths are marketing – focusing on revenue growth and world class customer relationships, leadership – creating high performance teams that deliver great results and strategy – rapidly understanding a business and creating competitive advantage. Fiona’s start up experience and support of a number of SMEs, included setting up an interactive digital publishing business and developing a European Market Entry strategy for a Hong Kong based LED lighting manufacturer, gives her a pragmatic approach towards the challenges businesses face. She also brings a strong foundation from the corporate world as former Head of UK Marketing for British Telecom’s Ignite Content Hosting Division and leading the development of the companies’ Consumer’s marketing plan, targeting over 20 propositions to 15 million customers. As well as extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, she has over 10 years’ working experience with other major blue-chip brands including Lufthansa and British Airways.
Tim is a designer, creative thinker, team leader and innovation inciter with professional experience spanning 3 decades, across 3 continents, on projects within 12 industry sectors, for 57 brands… and counting. Following 18 years in consultancy and 5 years in-house, Tim co-foundered of Better Normal, a creative strategy consultancy focused on understanding people’s needs, frustrations and aspirations to discover and deliver better solutions to problems worth solving. Throughout his career, Tim has championed user-centred design and innovation as essential elements of a successful growth strategy. By demonstrating that a customer-centric approach can ultimately drive profit, Tim has helped transform and grow organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, with products and services as diverse as toothbrushes to transportation. Notable brands Tim has worked with include Samsung, TAG Heuer, HP, Speedo, Hitachi Rail, GSK, Kohler and Elekta.
Shivanee has over 15 years’ experience of turning complex ideas into narratives to influence behaviours, action and change. Shivanee has a particular interest in social innovation, innovation leadership and communications, drawing upon her Strategic Communications experience. She has worked on innovation and change programs across sectors; including Security and Defence, Government, Media and Telecoms, Aviation & Tourism; Healthcare; as well as and technology start-ups. She has advised Political Leaders, CEOs, and senior leadership teams in large, complex organisations on public policy, external relations and employee engagement. Shivanee is passionate about global affairs and bringing innovation and change into the local community. Shivanee holds a Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership from Cass Business School, University of London; and a BA (Hons) International Relations & Security Studies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. As a global thinker, Shivanee believes that people and dialogue drive innovation.
Charlie is an experienced Business Leader with expertise in Innovation, Leadership, Enterprise Software, and Business Development. In 2013 Charlie took on group-wide responsibility for Innovation in a UK Financial Services company where he designed and implemented an enterprise innovation programme, driving internal and external innovation challenges which resulted in the commercialisation of a range of new products & services. Charlie is a regular writer, presenter, and university guest lecturer on the topics of innovation, ideation, and creativity. He supports a wide range of businesses that want to challenge the way they operate; and delivers innovation & creativity programmes on behalf of CSIT, QUB, UU, Catalyst, the UK government's Digital Catapult, and Cyber 101. As a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Charlie wrote the introduction to ISO56002:2019 on behalf of UNIDO and ISO and is now part of the global team writing ISO56001, which will become the de facto certifiable standard for Innovation Management Systems. In 2020 Charlie created Innovate Island – a collaborative network that provides support and best practice guidance to Innovation practitioners across the island of Ireland. Charlie works with organisations of all sizes to align their innovation activities to their business goals and ensures the teams assigned to deliver innovation have the skills, capability, and confidence to do what is asked of them.
With strong people and change management experience, Anca focuses on leading and building agile teams to achieve performance through transformation. With over twenty-five years corporate and multinational experience at Cisco Systems and The European Commission, and a deep knowledge in a range of new technologies, Anca is well equipped to help organisations navigate the evolving digital landscape. Her experience spans several sectors, from larger companies like Shell, Total, Orange, BNP-Paribas, Axa, and Amadeus to small and medium sized businesses like Lambda-Plus and Docosen, where helping organisations to manage the evolution and integration of new technologies was part of her main expertise. In parallel, Anca is part of several Academic Institutions and Business Schools in France where she builds Digital, Business and Personal Skills in an applied way, helping students to learn how to deal with uncertainty and make the right business or technological choices that will help to create and build value. An advocate of Clean Technologies, Anca is also an honorary member of CCSISEO (The European Cluster for Research Studies in Innovation) and an Associate of Skills of the Future Academy. She is also part of several French and European Think Tanks that focus on the intersection between Innovation, Digitalization and Technology and continues to raise skills standards as an Educational VP for Toastmasters Annecy and energy optimization as President of the Regional Proximity Data Center in Haute-Savoie.
Katarina is a globally experienced change leader, facilitator and coach who specialises in building innovative, and inclusive corporate cultures with a focus on leadership development. With more than 20 years’ experience in helping organisations grow high-performing sustainable businesses, across continents, diverse cultures and business sectors, her experience ranges from large global organizations and SME’s across the private & public sector. Katarina's work has brought deep insights and best practices into how to create engagement and belonging in companies, a commitment to customers and bringing values to life so that they are relevant and alive for employees. Katarina is an active business consultant at Kantar, previously responsible for the People & Culture competence centre in the Nordics. She has been the President of the Diversity Charter of Sweden involved in the European Commission working for a more inclusive work life in Europe and holds a BA in organisational theory and entrepreneurship. Katarina is Scandinavia's first Certified 6`I’s® of Innovation Practitioner and is also a PROSCI change leader, 360 feedback, licenced by FARAX, and an ACC coach.
Mathias specialises in organisational research and consulting, bringing clients data, tools and insights that enable greater contribution to business goals and growth. He is highly passionate about creating value-adding solutions that make a difference – co-creation and innovation are natural ingredients in his work with clients. Mathias has a record of more than 17 years in the research and insights industry, as a business owner as well as in Kantar, where he joined in 2008. He has vast experience of change management, business and cultural transformation projects in international settings. In his partnership with clients, Mathias is often responsible for designing strategic models, survey programs and trainings connected to executing and supporting the business strategy, with extensive experience of facilitating workshops on executive levels as well as in the HR environment in international businesses. Mathias holds an MSc in Business Administration, specialisation in corporate strategy and organisational theory. With a base in Stockholm, he has substantial experience in the Nordic, European and Asian markets, having worked with and served clients in more than 25 countries.