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INNOVATION WORKSHOPS

Discover the massive impact that innovative thinking can have on your organization by participating in one of Duncan Wardle’s acclaimed innovation workshops.

DEMYSTIFYING DESIGN THINKING

A game-changer in the world of innovation workshops, your team will develop a 4-step creative problem-solving process that allows your organization to identify opportunities, take smart risks, work collaboratively, bring ideas to market, and (most importantly) drive your business forward.

LEADING FOR CREATIVITY

Establish an untouchable competitive advantage by turning your team into an innovation powerhouse, leveraging 8 key creative behaviours to build a culture of creativity and positive disruption.

INSIGHTS FOR INNOVATION

Become customer mind readers, learning how to identify and evaluate the most worthwhile opportunities in your industry, and create innovative solutions that exceed the needs and expectations of consumers.

Duncan Wardle Leading Innovation Workshops
Innovation Workshops - Design Thinking with Duncan Wardle

Demystifying Design Thinking Workshop

Demystifying Design Thinking is one of Duncan’s most popular innovation workshops… a verifiable a game changer for participants. As a leading innovation consultant, Duncan Wardle shares his insights from his former career of over 25 years at The Walt Disney Company, including his time serving as the Head of Innovation and Creativity.

That’s right…you’ll be learning from the man that pioneered the Disney Innovation Process!

Participants in this innovation workshop will be trained on creative problem-solving, learning how to identify new opportunities within the marketplace, take calculated risks, work collaboratively within their teams and across other departments, bring fresh ideas to market, and drive strategic growth for their organization.

Through an entertaining, interactive workshop, team members will learn about each of the 4 stages of creative problem solving: Initiate, Investigate, Ideate, Activate. 

In the end, your team will think, laugh, share and learn. They’ll walk away with new skillset and toolkit that will greatly increase their ability to innovate, and more importantly, they will be energized and ready to start tackling these creative problems for your business today!

Leading for Creativity Workshop

In this age of artificial intelligence and rapid technological innovation, how can companies stay ahead of the curve? How do you compete when the rules of the game seem to change every single day?

Simple. Be bold. Be memorable. Be brave. And be creative.

Easier said than done, right?

Thankfully, Duncan has compressed his decades of leading the Walt Disney creative process into an immersive creativity workshop. “Leading for Creativity” provides a unique set of 8 “Creative Behaviours” that will help foster a culture of innovation and creativity in your company.

After learning these 8 creative behaviours, your team will be able to achieve new levels of creativity within your organization. The kind of creativity that will allow your business to remain on the cutting-edge of innovation not just for today or tomorrow, but for years to come.

Innovation Workshops - By Duncan Wardle
Intimate Groups at Innovation Workshops With Duncan Wardle

Leading for Creativity Workshop

In this age of artificial intelligence and rapid technological innovation, how can companies stay ahead of the curve? How do you compete when the rules of the game seem to change every single day?

Simple. Be bold. Be memorable. Be brave. And be creative.

Easier said than done, right?

Thankfully, Duncan has compressed his decades of leading the Walt Disney creative process into an immersive workshop. “Leading for Creativity” provides a unique set of 8 “Creative Behaviours” that will help foster a culture of innovation and creativity in your company. These behaviours include:

• Nurturing – How to grow an idea collaboratively so it becomes “our idea” vs “my idea”
• Playfulness – How to get into the right state of mind required for innovation and creativity at work
• Signalling – How to set teams up for success by creating the right environment for ideation
• Instinct – How to dial-up empathy for the consumer, ensuring all the ideas are embedded in “Consumer Truth”
• Mindfulness – How to give yourself time to think, allowing you to move between your conscious and unconscious brain
• Curiosity – How to leverage the importance of unplanned collaboration and find new stimulus to drive new ideas
• Prototyping – How to bring an idea to life
• Bravery – How to use tools to create a culture of smart risk takers

After learning these 8 creative behaviours, your team will be able to achieve new levels of creativity within your organization. The kind of creativity that will allow your business to remain on the cutting-edge not just for today or tomorrow, but for years to come.

Insights for Innovation Workshop

Have you ever thought how amazing it would be if you could read your customers’ minds? Well, Duncan Wardle had the same thought back when he was leading the Disney creativity and innovation team. So, he figured out a way to do just that, turning himself into a “customer mind reader.” And now, through his innovation workshop “Insights for Innovation,” he’s training teams across the globe to do just the same.

The Insights for innovation workshop is all about uncovering consumer truth. Duncan will show your team how to fine-tune their mind reading skills and understand exactly what is going on inside your customers’ heads. After several interactive sessions, they’ll have the tools they need to absorb and clarify insights, and develop actionable steps based on what they learn through interacting with your customers.

More than just surface level listening, your team will master the ability to find customer clues, make informed hypotheses, and create innovative solutions focused on what your customer really want and need. The result? A workforce that is practically reading your customers’ minds, and giving your business an incredible competitive advantage in the process.

Engaging Conversations at Innovation Workshops with Duncan Wardle
Engaging Conversations at Innovation Workshops with Duncan Wardle

Insights for Innovation Workshop

Have you ever thought how amazing it would be if you could read your customers’ minds? Well, Duncan Wardle had the same thought back when he was leading the Disney creativity and innovation team. So, he figured out a way to do just that, turning himself into a “customer mind reader.” And now, through his innovation workshop “Insights for Innovation,” he’s training teams across the globe to do just the same.

The Insights for Innovation workshop is all about uncovering consumer truth. Duncan will show your team how to fine-tune their mind reading skills and understand exactly what is going on inside your customers’ heads. After several interactive sessions, they’ll have the tools they need to absorb and clarify insights, and develop actionable steps based on what they learn through interacting with your customers.

More than just surface level listening, your team will master the ability to find customer clues, make informed hypotheses, and create innovative solutions focused on what your customer really want and need. The result? A workforce that is practically reading your customers’ minds, and giving your business an incredible competitive advantage in the process.

Universities Duncan has taught at

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

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 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

Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us 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, Vice President of Marketing, Orlando Magic

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

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

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

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

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

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’s Musings

Why Your Business Needs Creativity

As an ideation speaker, I talk a lot about creativity and idea generation, as these are some of the most important skills I learned during my time as Head of Creativity and Innovation at The Walt Disney Company. More specifically, [...]

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  • Spent the day in Chicago at #PRDecoded asking questions like “What if” and “Where do you look for consumer insights?
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“Ask a man why he enjoys going to Walt Disney World, and he might say it’s the rides, but that might not be the whole story.”
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Thank you @prweek for letting me share my advice for where to find the best consumer insights... hint: it’s NOT in a focus group!
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‪“The number one barrier to #Innovation is “Time to think” @google gives their employees 20% time. ‬
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  • 🚀 2 more weeks until #TedXBocaRaton!
Here are just a few reasons why I’m excited:
5⃣ – “Here's an interesting Saturday afternoon: learn about innovation and Buzz Lightyear, about NASA, planets, ice, and satellites, about CTRL ALT DEL and social media, about marketing technology and meaningful personal relationships, about empowered women and flight automation, and what might be learned from both tragedy and compassion." @TedXBocaRaton
4⃣– The theme for #TedXBocaRaton is “Rethinking Relationships”. I’ll be focusing on how we reimagined relationships at @Disney to transform our customer experience and sharing insights for innovation on how businesses can do the same.
3⃣– Lucky number 3, this will be my third TedX Talk!  Click the link in my bio to see my Theory of Creativity TedTalk at @TedXAuk
2⃣ – Only 2 more weeks to go! The Tedx team’s passion and excitement is contagious!
1⃣– I am truly honoured to be one of the TedX Boca Raton speakers and sharing the stage with incredible, smart, diverse, and interesting people.

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  • Innovation is the ability to get to an idea you couldn't have gotten to yourself.

However, sometimes great ideas get trampled on through reductionists in the room.

What if there was a tool that could take your idea from MY idea to OUR idea, and get everyone collaborating on a project that brings greater results?

This is just one of the tools that I'll be teaching in my upcoming masterclasses: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 London - November 1, 2019
🇺🇸 Kansas City - November 15, 2019
🇨🇦 Calgary - April 9, 2020

Link in bio at @DuncanJWardle

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