Engaging, interactive focus where teams have the opportunity to think innovatively about a real business.
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3-24 (up to 4 teams of 3-6 people)
1 hour + debrief
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Teams examine basic details of a (real) sandwich shop based in a tourist city. They receive photographs giving lots of clues about the business (so the information is not all data-based). Later teams are issued with more clues in the form of a questionnaire that was completed by the current business owner.
Based on their analysis of all the information, teams are asked to propose a set of realistic, changes that in their view would improve the business. They then work on a short presentation, listing the innovations they would like to see. The team presentations are then discussed and evaluated.
What issues do teams flag up? All the likely suggestions are listed in the Trainer’s Notes - but it is not definitive. Participants will have their own, innovative ideas. This leads to a general discussion on innovation and change. Finally a second set of photographs is issued, showing what really happened when changes were made by a new owner. The changes are interesting and did work - profits went up! How many of the teams' ideas matched those that were put into practice by the new owner? How good were teams at potting what could be changes for the better?
Attention now turns to participants’ own situations. It’s easy to see problems in others and say where change is needed, but can teams identify shortcomings in their own environment, practices and procedures - and performance? The aim is to generate ideas that will improve performance back at work, based on the approach they adopted with the sandwich shop.
Full guidance is provided in the Trainer's Notes.
'Innovation and Change' has an exciting format - very easy to use. Excellent feedback from delegates who liked the simplicity of the activity.
'Innovation & Change' worked very well - and using three sets worked with 56 participants easily.
Bob Hayward, Managing Director, Be More Effective Ltd