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Session Q - Post-Conference Session
Agile Leadership: The Exploring "Innovator"

Presented by Peter Stonefield

Description: The revolution is on. Dangerous minds are at work.  Everywhere you turn “Innovators” are synthesizing new solutions in what many are beginning to dub the “Creative Economy”.  Exploring opportunities is where innovation begins. Knowing where to explore and how to explore imaginatively is key to generating the creative ideas and insights that give birth to innovation.  Remember creativity is looking at the same thing others are and seeing something different. To remain viable in the emerging “Creative Economy” we must play the role of “Innovator” become more creative and know how to advance ideas in organizations.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for those who would like to become more agile, adaptive and effective by learning how to lead innovation.

Organizational Issues: Key topics will include facilitating the creative process in self and others, creating a value proposition to advance an idea in an organization and fostering a creative climate. 

Objectives: The session begins with exploring the core systemic dynamics of innovation and where to look for opportunities. Then we will focus on understanding and applying the creative thinking process.  Building upon this, we will guide you through a creative self-organizing process to create your “success strategy” or role as “Innovator”. You will learn the mindset, guidelines, communications strategies and skills needed to innovate through identification and role-playing. 

Date: Monday, May 2nd

Length: 3.5 hours (8:30-12:00pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum.

Peter Stonefield

Biography: Peter holds a B.S.E.E., M.A., Ph.D. and is President of Stonefield Learning Group. In this capacity, he serves as an executive and technical staff coach, consultant and trainer. He was an electronic engineer, marketing and sales executive for the Bunker-Ramo Corporation before becoming a psychologist. He taught graduate-level courses on Cognitive and Creative Process, Psychosynthesis and Counseling Psychology. He has successfully completed over 200 consulting engagements, created more than 20 different training and development programs and coached over 300 executives and engineers. Some of the training programs he developed are Managing Innovation, TQM, Agile Communications, Agile Leadership, Knowledge Management, Managing Change, Creative Thinking and Architecture for Teamwork. He has also facilitated the development of 10 knowledge leveraging “Communities of Practice” in engineering and marketing organizations. His client list includes Apple Computer, Baxter Laboratories, Dow Chemical, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Stanford University , PPG, Sun Microsystems, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration. He was the principal consultant to, the U.S. Department of Labor, the winner of the U.S. President's Quality Award for Managing Change and the G.S.A. Administrators Award for Managing Change in Government.

Peter recently drafted a vision for computing for Sun Microsystems. His mission is to catalyze and accelerate the evolution of organizations and people.

Contact: Peter can be reached by e-mail at peter@slgllc.com for additional information about this pre-conference session.


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