A Final Reflection on My Innovation Plan
My innovation began with a bang and a lot of great insight into where I am and where I will be going in the future. The original framework of the innovation plan took the form of “gather, move, and get comfortable.” I originally designed it for the HOBY organization by looking at my own experiences as a volunteer and honing in on them to form a great premise that could be used to train voolunteers. The first part, “gather,” involved looking at other seminar sites to look at research and see what could be done better. The implementation process was going to be designed from this research and what steps should be taken in the innovation plan to improve the outcome.
The second phase, “move,” includes analyzing sets of information to see what direction the HOBY organization is going in. We could use setbacks to look at the big picture in where the organization currently stands in the implementation process. We would ignite a fire in our staff and hold new types of seminars to put everything into action. The third stage, called “get comfortable,” involves coming together with everyone to determine what went wrong during implementation and what can be done better in the future. The fourth phase, added later, was called “be aware,” and included moving a step further in the implementation sequence to address the need for a grandiose ending that did not exist before. It would give us the chance to address personalized learning, digital literacy, and user-based approaches during the implementation process of the plan.
Where Are We?
The next big direction that we need to look into is where this innovation plan is and where it needs to go. I believe that the basic framework is correct, but that it needs to go a little bit further into action. As I did my research, I found out that most corporate training programs are ineffective today. I believe that this presents a great opportunity to set a direction for the implementation process that could set a new standard by which corporate training systems are designed and built. With the framework of the house now built, I have to move forward to see that this plan gets implemented in either HOBY or at a private corporation. I have told numerous people about my project, and they have expressed a great deal of interest in hearing what I have to say. With this in mind, I remain on the cusp of great things to come. I want to complete this innovation plan at some point in the future by launching it and writing a case study on it after. The deadline for implementation for this will be a year after introduction and I hope to see the entire completion of this project. It can transform a failing industry that will greatly benefit from these ideas. I believe that the basic framework of the innovation plan has worked well, but we just have to complete one more push to put the entire program into action.
The learning process for the innovation plan I have embarked on for this plan have sent me to the very depths of my learning style. I found that my learning theory is best described as “constructivism” and it has played a role in what I currently do in my curriculum designs so that the learner is always engaged in what they are doing. I have gone piece by piece through every part of the innovation plan and have learned a bit more and more through each step in the design process. The question of “what worked” could best be explained by looking at the entire process from start to finish. I believe that the best answer to this question will be answered when I finally get to put my innovation plan into effect at a private corporation. However, as I look at it now, lots of things have happened that suggest things are working well. The administration of the HOBY organization has expressed a great deal of interest in looking at my ideas and then this answer can be found. Only time will tell how things go.
Improvements and Lessons Learned
There is one extra improvement that I believe we should make. I would like to add another chapter to the plan that is going to be called “forward as one.” As I learned last week in my experience doing staff training at HOBY, people want a big end to any type of change they seek to work on. Whether it is large or small, they want to be unified as one team and move forward as one to work toward the accomplished goal at the end of the program. I believe that a sense of unity is crucial to any project so that the intentions of the design of it can come into effect. When I add it to the existing plan, it will be the fifth chapter in the book that will provide ongoing support and guidance to the employees in the plan so that the entire process can be brought into effect. In today’s corporate world, very few companies realize this important parameter. I believe this is the reason they waste so much money on programs that do not work. I hope that this chapter can help improve the outcome so that when I do present these ideas to the corporate sector, they will understand the important role of support in the change process. This is a good example for companies to follow.
One of the important lessons I have learned is that today’s corporations want a lot of details into how their training programs are. To make my plan go farther, I would like to add a second chapter onto the existing framework called “big data” where we will gather data on the entire implementation process and use it as a catalyst for change. This will be the very end to the innovation plan and it will drive the previous points home. Another lesson that I have learned is that not everyone is going to be onboard with my innovation plan immediately. I believe that this lesson is something that I have had to deal with before and have gotten use to how things will evolve in the future. I think that the key to avoiding any setback like this is to make my innovation plan as believable as possible. When I think about making things better, I also think of the term of “believability.” I want to perfect my presentation skills so that my ideas will be able to transform the boardrooms of today. I have always been a good public speaker, but I think it would be nice to bring my skills up a bit. I want to make this improvement a key part of the process that I use for implementation. The key that I will need to do now is to make sure that my plan is as good as it can be and that there are no flaws in the way it was designed. If you look below this paragraph, you can see the stages of what the final innovation project is destined to look like. The professional learning plan will be launched at the same time as the first phase, “gather,” while the three-column table and influencer strategies will be identified to keep the process running smoothly. Finally, I would like to perform action research during the entire process to try to gather information about the implementation phases. Action-Based Research will cumulate during the final chapter.
Promotion, Communication, and Application
The final step in the entire process is to know and understand how I am going to promote all these ideas going forward. I believe that the first “pitch” of my ideas will be within the HOBY organization. I have already contacted the national headquarters of HOBY to make sure they know about what I am doing. Upon that first phone call, they seemed highly interested in making their volunteer training programs better. The process of communication within HOBY is starting with an email to the home office upon finishing the entire program. From here, my ideas will be given to either the president of HOBY or to the lead administrator of training in the HOBY program. Aside from this idea, I also want to promote and communicate my ideas through my resume and job applications being sent to private corporations. It is through one of these companies that I hope to get hired as a corporate trainer. The key thing to do is to talk about my innovation plan in my resume and cover letter as it pertains to how training programs could be improved. I simply want to get my ideas out to anyone that will listen so that “the ripple effect,” as we say at HOBY, could be accomplished. Once you tell one person, they pass it along to the next and continue to promote the idea as a way of communication. Along the way, people take notice as they will most likely find use for most of the ideas in their corporation.
Another key point that I have to answer is the “application” of everything. How will I use what was given to me in the program and use it in future innovation projects? The answer to that question is very simple, and I plan to remember a few very important lessons – the first of which is called “the head won’t go where the heart hasn’t been.” In order to design future innovation plans, I will seek to create a sense of urgency by starting with “why” and striving for a sense of urgency in the people I work with. Another key point that I will take with me is that change is a long process. It is always a good idea to look at the six sources of influence and identify those when seeking to work toward change in an organization. This is the best parameter to identify when accomplishing change. Another lesson that I will bring to my future job is that machines can do a lot, but it takes people to make things work.
Takeaways and the Future
I believe that any future innovation plans I work on should have an aspect of “unity” to make sure that everyone is on the same page. As I have learned from many years of volunteering at HOBY, it takes a lot of people to make a good seminar run. This spirit of “working together” is what I want to bring to my future innovation plans. These lessons bring to mind an important concept that I want to think about. As I move into my new role as a corporate trainer of technology, I believe that my next educational endeavor will be to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP), CISSP, CISA, or an Oracle credential as these certificates will expand my knowledge of technology. In order to be a good trainer, I want to know computers inside and out. This can make my legacy even better. In the end, I want to go forward with my innovation plan and follow the example of Pope Paul VI, “If you want peace, work for justice.” In a world that is often violent with war, dissatisfaction with life, and distrust of all major C-level officials, I hope to be the agent of change in a sea of denial. It is my end goal to work for justice in the boardrooms of the world. In doing so, we can improve professional development and trust in private corporations can be restored.
The final lesson that I want to take with me in this program is the idea of success. Pele, the great Brazilian soccer player once said that, “Success is no accident…..It is hard work, perseverance, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love for what you are doing or learning to do.” Perhaps as I go forward into the next phase of my career, I will remember these two quotes as evidence of what I hope to accomplish through my innovation plans. As I have learned through many road trips across lands to new places, 1,000 miles begins with one single step. The greatest legacy of innovation I hope to leave behind is a new sense of peace and harmony in the workplace and a concept of success that makes people believe in themselves. As Mr. Hugh O’Brian looks down on me from heaven, I will now take the plunge to set out on the journey of what I want to accomplish. May the force be with you and with us all!