INNOVATION

How can we run a global induction program to give new graduates confidence in taking a start-up mentality into a complex organisation like ours?

 

THE CONTEXT

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.


THE CHALLENGE

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

RESULTS

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:

  • EMERGENCE – have a high impact programme which adapts to any changes and re-directions that emerge from what happens in the process itself thanks to a systematic use of the ‘killer question approach’
  • COACHING - build a new learning paradigm which can accelerate the learning about the innovation process through a pull, coaching approach
  • TOOLS – provide structured input on some basic tools within the areas of creativity; on structuring the ideas and the relative value propositions; on giving and receiving feedback; on delivering impactful pitching and on observing and recording clients’ behaviors and feedbacks.


"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:

THE INNOVATION SANDBOX IN NUMBERS:

4

editions delivered so far

5

days: the time to go from absolutely nothing to pitching the business proposition to senior managers

110

participants from 16 nationalities took part

21

prototypes built and tested with potential customers

21

products or services pitched to senior management

2500

Consumer testing with over 2500 potential customers and stakeholders

2

International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coaches