Consulting2019-04-19T22:57:06+00:00

Consulting

What steps are your organization taking right now to promote ideation and deliver the next big idea?

Do you think you can’t force ideation? That true innovation is at the mercy of chance?

INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Did you know that Walt Disney developed the idea for Disneyland during a deliberate creative problem-solving exercise, where he was trying to find ways in which he could have more control over how guests experienced his films? Or that prolific inventor Thomas Edison, knowing that his best ideas came in his sleep, developed a method to deliberately wake himself immediately after dozing off, so that he could write down whatever ideas he had in his dazed state of mind?

Though creativity and innovation can feel very natural, they are most commonly the product of very specific situations and environments. And these environments are something you can absolutely be engineered to promote ideation in all individuals.

Innovation Consultant Duncan Wardle knows a thing or two about engineering innovation.

After spending 25 years in leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company – including time as their Head of Innovation and Creativity – he’s gone on to train over 5,000 individuals and organizations across the globe on how to create these cognitive environments where innovation thrives. Let Duncan teach you to develop a culture of creativity and empower everyone in your organization to leverage their full creative potential.

As an innovation consultant, Duncan’s main vehicle for helping businesses change the way they innovate is through his Ideation Sessions. Custom-built for each organization he works with; Ideation Sessions use Duncan’s iD8 & innov8 Design Thinking Method to help individuals and companies think differently and develop game-changing ideas that are deeply embedded in consumer insight. Once Duncan trains your team to step outside their own “River of Thinking” (i.e. their own expertise), and inspires them to use a series of Innovation Tools and Creative Behaviours to develop “Moonshot Thinking,” they’ll understand how they can strategically and repeatedly create the best environment for innovation within your business.

The result? Your business develops a massive competitive advantage.

In this time of fast-paced disruption, the companies that succeed are the ones that can reinvent themselves and anticipate the changing needs of their customer. The ones that stay ahead of the curve, creatively solve problems, promote ideation, and consistently innovate. Through Duncan Wardle’s creative consulting services, your team will be given the tools, skills, and roadmap for driving successful innovation and problem solving for years to come.

Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us the tools that will pay dividends for years to come. My team was thoroughly captivated, fully engaged, energized and inspired. Look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.

-Lisa Cotter, VP of Marketing for Orlando Magic

We had the immense pleasure of having Duncan conduct an "Innovation workshop" with our newly formed creative team at Apple. Duncan energized the room within minutes and had the undivided attention of all 25 participants. His ideas and activities around innovation are methods we still use in our creative brainstorming exercises and have resulted in much richer results.

- Suchi Parikh-Crandall, Creative Director of WW Channel Sales for Apple

Thank you so much Duncan.

The feedback from the team has been overwhelmingly positive. I think you really helped us break through and we will make the changes we need.

Thank you for giving us the tools to set us up for change, innovation and success.

- Laura Molen, President of NBCU Advertising and Partnerships

In one word I would explain Duncan’s creativity training as transformative. One day with Duncan created more than a year of conversation and fresh approaches to brainstorming throughout our agency.

-Tom Coyne, CEO of Coyne PR

Duncan has a unique way of connecting with an audience and challenging them to approach creativity in a radically different approach. Considering that many of the people in the audience are creative people by nature and job description, that is fairly remarkable. Duncan’s insights and sense of humor keep the audience engaged from start to finish.

-Paul Noland, President & CEO International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

We've had the pleasure of having Duncan speak at three different events in 2017. Each time, he was the audience favorite, hands down. His presentations are work sessions designed to be fun, interactive, and fast-paced. Duncan is true wealth of creative knowledge and inspiration, and he helped our members stretch their out-of-the-box thinking.

-Mike McMahon, President & Executive Director, Path to Purchase Institute

Duncan has amazed all of us and our audience during his visit to Colombia. Addressing to an audience of over 1,000 people he was able to land innovation and creativity in very simple and practical steps, and in a very fun way also! It is obvious that his over 20 years of experience with outstanding results in his back has given us also proven results of his proposed methodology. As a speaker, he comes across very simple, clear but with an incredible passion that is so contagious, you don’t realize how time goes by in his presentation!

-MARCELO CATALDO, CEO, Tigo Une

Duncan was an inspiring part of TEDx. His knowledge and experience are matched by his enthusiasm for delighting the audience with his wit and charm. I look forward to working with Duncan again- learning & exploring, in-depth, through his design workshops!

-Cassaundra Melgar-C’de Baca, Executive Producer, TEDxLadyBirdLake

If your company is looking for ways to continuously improve, engage your employees to think differently and have fun along the way, you’ll find inspiration in Duncan’s Innovation Emporium., Not only have our teams returned from Duncan’s workshops with a newfound excitement and a belief that they have what it takes to be innovative, they’ve also generated tangible ideas that are moving into the implementation phase.

-Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer - Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Duncan Wardle's interactive presentation breathed a new life of excitement into our Driven Brands Marketing teams. Immediately following his innovation seminar, we all created desktop screensavers with little tidbits or quotes from his lessons ensuring we would be reminded every day to "find the yes" or "get out of our river of thought"... and to "share early and often". We started having breakfast meetings where we idea shared. Ultimately Duncan's teachings continue to remind us that innovation is such a vital part of jobs and we can also have a lot of fun doing it.

-Hannah Ross, Sr. Marketing Manager, Carstar

Duncan’s power comes from his engaging exercises, energetic delivery and the memorability of his tools. When a 100 year old brand starts replacing stagnant approaches with expansive language like “how might we?” or “Yes, And,” - you know the culture is beginning to shift.

-Lori Geoffrey, Director of Digital Experience Pacific Gas and Electric

In true Disney fashion, Duncan’s teaching methods are educational and entertaining. He has successfully introduced new ways of thinking into our company, paving the way to invigorating and enhancing our culture of continued innovation and creativity.

-George Scammell, Director of Interior Design, Princess Cruises

The tools Duncan teaches in his Masterclasses are truly impactful. We have incorporated many of them into our strategic and annual planning exercises as well as ideation and hackathon sessions. As a result our employees are becoming more innovative and transformative - something every organization needs to be sustainable. I highly recommend Duncan’s sessions!

- Alex Kostenko

While Duncan spoke to a large and packed room, people were inspired and hung on his every word. Many claimed it was one of the best presentations they'd ever experienced. If you're looking for an amazing speaker who can motivate others to innovate, then look no further than Duncan Wardle.

-Michael Stelzner, Founder Social Media Examiner and Social Media Marketing World

Thank you for everything that you do and who you are.

And thank you for all of us who you have helped create amazing things and gave us the courage to bring our ideas into the world.

- Penney Fox

My head and heart just exploded. Thank you @DuncanJWardle for reminding us all the power of innovation and creativity. Loved your stories, loved your ideas, love love how you’ve ignited something in me. #getamplified

-Lucy Gibson

WOW! @DuncanJWardle is keynoting #TheSummit2020 by @TAGthink. This is BEYOND cool. If you don’t know Duncan, you don’t know innovation and imagination

-Arketi Group

Hi Duncan, thanks so much for the fantastic sessions today. From someone who has been taught to believe I don’t have a creative fiber in my body you have given me the belief that at least some of my ideas are pretty good. I am looking forward to using some of the things you went through back in the office

-Karen De Lore

I loved your intervention and the way you shaked us! As a mother of two boys, I’ve been thinking a lot about how parents and society block children’s creativity. I’m now on a process to reduce that influence as much as possible

-Carolina Bilbao Serrano

You’re amazing! I consider myself so very fortunate to have witnessed your brilliance up close, and only wish I worked for you longer. Keep dreaming and inspiring!

-

-Mark Jaronski

 

Attended Disrupt in Vancouver w/ Duncan and was blown away by the amount of next-day implementable tools he provided. The learn & do format of the day was right at my level meanwhile challenging some of my entrenched thinking. A great workshop presented by class act of a human.

-Ryan Sawatzky

@DuncanJWardle, great to hear you talk so passionately about Thinking Differently in the digital transformation journey. Already have some radical ideas to start my day tomorrow. And btw, you’re easily one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard on stage. Truly inspired!

-

-Jimmy Eapen

 

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful presentation and challenging us to think bigger. AND giving us tools to do it.

-William Hodges

This keynote speaks to my soul...looking at everything we do in the workplace from the objective and exciting perspective of “What if” Thanks @DuncanJWardle #corenetglobal

-Annemarie C. Henton

Duncan’s Musings

Contact Me

Is your organization ready to unleash
the power of your team’s creativity?

  • Because it’s been run the same way for probably 50 years…

Are you ready to bring new ideas to your next conference? Tag your planning partner and watch this video for ideas you can bring to life.

For more insight and inspiration click the link in my bio @DuncanJWardle
  • What an honour... a truly humbling experience. #BarackObama
  • Should one be allowed to have this much fun at work?
____
Thank you to the wonderful group who spent the day with me doing a Design Thinking Workshop, learning how to craft a culture of innovation and creativity at their organizations.
___
3 key takeaways...
💡 Innovation feels awkward
🔨 Simple tools like, "Yes, and..." can help transform a culture, however, they need to be practised regularly in order to have a true impact.
❤The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. Be brave. Take Risks. Ask Why, why, and why again.
___
#innovation #innovative #innovators #innovations #innovationlab #innovationthatexcites #innovationhub #innovationnation #innovationliving #innovationmanagement #innovationdesign #innovationforeveryone #innovationcenter #innovationeducation #instainnovation #innovationforabetterlife #designinnovation #disruptiveinnovation #innovate #innovateyourgame #innovated #innovateordie #innovateyou #innovatechange #innovateeveryday #InnovationSpeaker #innovationworkshop
  • “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all...”
___
Thank you #NOLA for a always inspiring awe and wonder. No matter how many times I visit I always know there’s a surprise waiting.
____
#neworleans #idea #ideafactory #ideation #designthinking #creativity #creativityeveryday #innovation
  • ‪Thank you #CRU2020 for welcoming me to share my passion for the “Experience Economy” along with tips on how companies can design a consumer centric approach:‬
___
‪💡 Think like @Disney‬
‪❤️ Create experiences first‬
‪🎁 Craft retail conversions second‬
___
‪#ConvenienceRetailing  #CRU #CustomerExperience #CX #innovation #ConsumerCentric #neworleans #nola ‬
  • It's going to be a big week...
___
Click the link in my bio at @DuncanJWardle to read, "From Senator To Stage, my next event with President Barack Obama"
___
#BarackObama #KeynoteSpeaker #ConnectTravel #keynote #keynotespeaker #keynotespeakers #keynotespeaking #keynotes #keynotedesign #keynotepresentation #keynotespeech #speaker #motivationalspeakers #speakerlife #motivationalspeaker #leadershipcoach #thoughtleader #leadershipdevelopment #publicspeaker #leadershiptraining #inspirationalspeaker #personaldevelopment #leadershipdevelopment #CX #customerexperience #customercare #marketresearch #customersuccess #businesssolutions #customerloyalty