The Italy-based global company, Enel provides energy in more than 30 countries and aims to drive an innovation culture at all levels of the business. Innovation underpins its ‘Open Power’ vision that includes opening energy access to more people; opening the world of energy to new technologies; opening new ways for people to manage energy; opening new uses of energy; and opening more partnerships.
ENEL’s vision requires having a culture of innovation at all levels of the company, with people who can spot new possibilities and make them happen.
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HOW WE RESPONDED
TCO has created The Innovation Sandbox – a full innovation-cycle program that starts from the idea generation phase throughout testing, prototyping and pitching. The sand box is the virtual space were IT developers can test new things without impacting the running of the program. This is exactly how the Innovation Sandbox programme works.
Throughout the programme the participants go through a disruptive innovation experience in which they can fully explore themselves, the others, and the context in which they are operating. All this happens while being guided by 2 International Coaching Federation certified coaches who support them in the learning journey ‘only’ with questions and facilitation.
In other terms, the approach of the programme itself is innovative since it provides the participants with a safe environment (the boundaries of the sandbox) in which the learning outcomes can be accelerated but not forced so that they can fully experience what innovation means and, in turn, spread it within the organization.
This approach enables the emergence of innovative ideas, but also of leadership and of the normal dynamics of a multi-cultural team working together for the first time with a pressing goal to achieve
In designing and delivering the programme, as TCO International we have also stepped out of our ‘comfort zones’ and taken risks. Each edition of the Innovation Sandbox has been unique and has provided new insights for the next one. But while some features evolve, the programme remains consistent with the following sandbox boundaries:
"To innovate first of all you need a mindset that will support and enable the entire process.
Experiential training helps to build that openness needed to embrace change and see it as an opportunity..
This and much more is what The Innovation Sandbox does!"
Alessia Sterpetti, Head of Open Innovation and Idea Factory at Enel SpA
Just to quote some of the comments from the Millennial participants to The Innovation Sandbox program:
To me it mattered the most how the programme didn't tell us what to do but showed us that are capable of doing anything if we set our minds to it. The way trust and respect were built was amazing!
I've learnt that innovation is around us, so I can be creative in my daily routine
Innovation could be implemented in many daily activities, even if we don't develop new products; we can introduce the innovation in all the processes we deal with. It is a way of thinking
This experience will help me to improve all my way of working. Now, I'm ready for new experiences and changes. I'm going to ask more questions and try to find always the best way to solve the problems that I have in my work
I have learnt some important strategies to develop an innovative idea. I'm going to try to apply them. I also have learnt how work with unknown people from different countries and develop a project in a very short period of time
THE INNOVATION SANDBOX IN NUMBERS:
editions delivered so far
days: the time to go from absolutely nothing to pitching the business proposition to senior managers
participants from 16 nationalities took part
prototypes built and tested with potential customers
products or services pitched to senior management
Consumer testing with over 2500 potential customers and stakeholders
International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coaches