What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?
We're taking a 42 year old educational institution and expanding the possibilities. The Center for Creative Leadership has the mission to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide, and we're making sure that gets put into practice. Specifically, low cost innovations like this help us take high quality leadership development to the grassroots, to act as a lever for development programs.
How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?
CCL funded the initial development and prototyping stage. They've allowed me and others to spend time on this, and have leveraged knowledge to make this product relevant and effective.
Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.
We're working with other organizations to co-create solutions to bring this type of leadership development down to the grass roots level. The audio toolkit has already paid for the initial investment through grant funding. We are working to include the toolkit into other grant funded projects that will ensure long term funding. As we use this product in different initiatives (health, agricultural development, water and sanitation) we will contextualize and adapt the content to better serve the intended audience.
Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.
We are able to effectively partner within our organization and externally to create innovative products and process designs. Within CCL we work with the Research, Innovation, Product Design group (RIPD), our Africa regional Social Sector Innovation Hub, and our Europe, Middle East and Africa office in Brussels. In Ethiopia, we partner with Desert Rose Consulting for design, innovation, and anthropology support.
What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?
Lot's of internal support from RIPD and our Africa office. We also received financial support from a group of CEO/CFOs that were part of a Leadership at the Peak program at our Colorado office. They were moved by our both-and strategy and wanted to support it.
So far we have not received any push-back because of the low cost, low risk approach.