Innovation in Action™

Innovation has become necessary to gain or maintain a leadership position in today’s marketplace. Innovation enables improvements and breakthroughs that delight customers and incorporate new products and services. Yet most organizations lack the tools, processes, and alignment that enables innovation.

Innovation in Action™ (IAS) is a series of modules that explores the dimensions of innovation to help organizations improve how they advance their market position.

The Innovation Styles model, part of a half-day module, shows that everyone innovates, but differently, and that there is tremendous synergy available from recognizing and using different styles.

The Innovation Tools and Practices introduces key tools and practices and how to select the right innovation tool for the job to get the best results possible.

As a modular program, Innovation in Action offers quick, useful, innovation-boosting techniques that address challenging cultural and process issues.

Program Outcomes

Innovation in Action can increase your organization’s ability to innovate. It can be introduced at the level of individual intact teams or at the department or business unit level. The proven, effective approaches, when implemented as part of an overall human performance improvement solution, will work to enhance the ability to innovate and bring innovative ideas fully to market.

Learning Approach

Innovation in Action is a series of instructor-led modules that can be configured to meet different organizational needs.

By using the modules, an organization can:

  • Target teams and work units to receive only what they most need
  • Focus on strategies of culture change at all the right levels
  • Implement gradually to watch for effect, or implement with pilot groups to compare results

Enabling Improved Performance

Innovation in Action provides a variety of tools to promote successful innovation that is easily implemented. These tools are meant to be used continually on the job to remind and reinforce. When these tools and ideas are shared among participants in (optional) follow-up sessions, their use improves over time.

Involving management early is an important success factor, and training managers to support and coach to these processes can maintain and improve performance over time.

To discover how we ensure learning is reinforced and applied for improved performance, read more about our Learning Journeys.


Wilson Learning can partner with you to measure initial behavioral changes and business results. One approach to evaluate Innovation in Action is to baseline creative ideas, number and quality of innovations, successful implementations, or other measures in a quasi-experimental design with a pilot group. More involved and thorough research options are also available.

To learn more about measuring the impact of learning, visit Measurement.