Last weekend marked our inaugural Innovation Officer’s Retreat in Miami. In addition to many animated discussions with a group of rock star innovation leaders, we had the pleasure of a private tour of Wynwood Walls, spray painting with local graffiti artists, and rocketing around the bay in a speedboat. The activities were exciting but nothing was more enjoyable than seeing a diverse set of innovation executives collaborating, sharing, and working through the tough challenges they face every day.
The twenty-three attendees representing six different industries had meaningful conversations and were able to get to know one another over the course of the weekend. I kicked off the first day with a presentation on the Rising Role of the Chief Innovation Officer. Chris Trimble then engaged the group using his “How Stella Saved the Farm” parable as a catalyst for conversation and hands-on discussions around executing breakthrough innovation and innovating outside the core. Day two began with Mike Friedman painting a picture of the innovation results transformation journey, followed by Karl Ronn’s introduction of tools for setting and communicating innovation strategy and business model innovation.
We worked real issues and learned from each other. Feedback from participants was outstanding. When clients tell me that an event shifted their thinking and inspired them to take action, I know we have created real value. Getting away from the office and spending time with other executives is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Can’t wait for the next one.