Upskill employees with the most critical life skill of the 21st century – innovative thinking!
professional development curriculum + tools + activations
to help you scale a culture of innovation across your enterprise.
Addressing the Innovation Skill Gap
In today’s economy everyone needs to know how to create meaningfully unique ideas, communicate them and bring them to life.
By 2022, at least 54% of all employees will require significant re-skilling and upskilling in analytical thinking and innovation*.
But 65% of executives lack confidence in their organization’s ability to be innovative.**
*World Economic Forum Report, Future of Jobs.
** McKinsey Quarterly
What Makes Jump Start Your Brain Unique?
Custom Built for Established Companies
Some innovation programs want you to act like a start up or entrepreneur. But you’re not. You have different resources & constraints as a large organization.
We know. We’ve been “front line” helping large companies for 40 years. We’ve worked with 15,000+ teams and invented 30,000+ ideas. Our curriculum, tools and activations have been used by 100s of established companies like American Express, Disney & Nike.
Of the People. By the People. For the People.
Our first priority is content that creates behavior change, impact and PULL – giving staff the tools & education they need to do cool stuff that really matters.
As a measure, that means “touchpoints” – activities that demonstrate learning and action. Today, we have over 1,000,000 touchpoints, such as using a tool, doing a task on an innovation project or submitting a class assignment.
Instantly Scalable with Digital Training BETTER than live
Our live training consistantly gets high marks. But our digital training gets EVEN BETTER.
Most online trainings boast results “just as good as in the classroom.”
Our online learning is actually MORE EFFECTIVE, because it leverages our patent-pending Cycles to Mastery teaching method – increasing the speed of skills transfer and mindset shift for learners.
To date, Jump Start Your Brain has created over 1,000,000 touchpoints. Touchpoints are actions taken by staff as a result of their learning, such as creating a project, doing an activity, using a tool, etc.
Dollars In Active Development
Innovative thinking doesn’t always translate directly into growth or cost savings, but it often does. Organizations using Jump Start Your Brain have created $18 Billion worth of innovations to date.
Over 35,000 people have used Jump Start Your Brain to think smarter, faster and more innovatively.
professional development curriculum
Over 100 Courses
University-Vetted. Real-world Applied.
What makes this curriculum unique is its blend of university pedigree AND real-world torture testing.
University Pedigree. The set of courses are from a complete academic discipline called Innovation Engineering. They’ve been vetted through academic peer review and are so robust they’re eligible for college credit.
Real-World Pedigree. Every single course and skill has been used to solve critical challenges for the Fortune 100 over the last 40 years. Today over $18 billion worth of innovations are in process using the Innovation Engineering skills, methods and digital tools.
Courses are 5-7 minute video micro-lessons that help your staff get just-in-time education to think faster, smarter and more innovatively.
Digital badge tracks and certifications use cycles of applied learning to ensure skills are mastered quickly.
Courses, digital badge tracks and certifications can be easily incorporated into your existing LMS (Learning Management System) or you can use them straight off of our platform.
Learn how to think about innovation as a system and how you can apply innovative thinking in your current role.
Learn roles, responsibilities, work methods and meeting formats that help you innovate together faster.
Learn not only how to invent something substantial, but how to write a provisional patent in about an hour!
Learn a method of brainstorming that creates 8x more quantity and quality of ideas versus the traditional methods.
Learn how to pitch your ideas to leadership to get buy-in, support or funding.
Doing innovation is one thing. Leading it is another. Learn how to create alignment, collaboration and coach others.
Learn how to quickly estimate the value of your idea – even if you have little to no experience or data.
Over 50 Tools
Making it easy to think Smarter, Faster & More Innovatively
Every tool in the collection has been designed with 3 critical requirements:
It is truly useful & relevant. Every tool must help your staff advance in ways they couldn’t have on their own.
No training required. Staff is up and running instantly. It takes only minutes to use.
It reinforces the right behaviors. If it’s easy to be innovative, people will be. If it’s not, the odds go down. These tools help make it easy for your people to apply smarter, faster, more innovative thinking to everything and anything.
Classic project management tools are great for projects that don’t change. But they don’t work well for innovation projects that are fraught with risk and continual change.
Our Innovation Project Management tool gives staff the best of both worlds: the agile, adaptability needed for innovative projects with the discipline and transparency of project management.
Tools that help you break through red tape to build better systems (or innovate within them).
Tools to help you make fast, data-backed decisions that you can feel confident in.
Templates to help you formulate an argument, create a pitch and practice selling without pressure.
Instant calculators and forecasting tools to help you estimate cost, size of prize, impact, sales, cannibalization and more.
Custom Activation Events & Coaching
What we know about building new skills, upgrading culture and change – it takes activation and reinforcement – over and over and over and over. Building new behaviors and learning is a never-ending continuous improvement journey. That said, it’s also a lot of fun in the process.
While every activation plan is custom to your enterprise, these are some of the most popular methods to get people engaged:
Regular webinars feature useful tools, relevant applications and/or small skill lessons.
Workshops are interactive, engaging and hands on educational events around one or more skills and tools.
These fun ideation events are great to kick-start any project or to get a team focused on a common challenge.
“Doing” innovation is one thing. Leading it can be quite another. Our coaches work 1:1 with your leaders to give them tools, techniques and feedback to help.
Your staff gets hands on coaching as they apply their new skills to an important project of their choosing.
Just like in college, office hours can be the perfect time to discuss specific challenges and get ideas from our experts.
The reputation of our parent company, the Eureka! Ranch, was built on systems that deliver de-risked disruptive innovations to market at breakneck speeds. We’ll work with you to customize a complete innovation system for your organization. (Our systems designs typically increase the speed of innovation projects by 6x and de-risks “big bet” innovations by 30-80%.)
Below are videos that give you just a glimpse of the impact our curriculum, tools and activations can have on your staff.
(Picking just 4 was tough! We have literally 100s of personal reflections, videos and candid testimonials. Contact us and we’d be more than happy to share.)
IMPORTANT: THESE VIDEOS AREN’T ‘PRODUCED.’
THEY AREN’T GLAMOROUS, PHOTOSHOPPED OR EDITED.
THEY ARE RAW. THEY ARE AUTHENTIC.
THEY ARE UNFILTERED.
AND AS SUCH WE BELIEVE THEY ARE PERFECT, JUST AS THEY ARE. BECAUSE THEY ARE REAL. AND THAT’S THE ONLY KIND OF IMPACT WE’RE INTERSTED IN.
Upskilling to Adapt to New Job Roles & Business Demands
Dan used his learning to truly get upskilled. Thanks to his new way of innovative thinking, problem solving and agile learning he literally skilled his way to a new role and greater growth. (You’ll hear Dan talk about “the Ranch.” He’s referring to the Eureka! Ranch where he participated in a live course. He’ll also talk about the “blue card”, one of the tools for activating a strategy and a “yellow card,” a tool for communicating an idea.)
Evolving Strategic Thinking
in Big Systems
Among many other things, Ben uses his learning to advance strategy at Toyota – being more innovative about how to not just create a strategy, but how to craft, communicate and collaborate on it.
Recent Grads “Prewired”
for Innovative Thinking
Patrick was exposed to the curriculum during his graduate courses at University of Maine while getting his Masters in Biomedical Engineering. While at first it was a “foreign concept” to him, he used his newfound systems-driven innovative thinking to found 3 start-ups, grounded on patented technologies he created and then wrote provisional patents for. (Yep, there are courses and tools for all of that.)
A Comprehensive Approach to Creating a Culture of Innovation
When it comes to thinking innovatively as a discipline, Mike’s been around the block. As a Chief Innovation Officer he’s saddled with both a new product pipeline as well as getting an entire organization to think faster, smarter and more innovatively everyday – from production, finance, distribution, market research, sales and everything in between. But he has, and he does – using learning and tools to reshape what’s possible, and getting incredible results.
Ready to get started?
Get in touch or schedule a demo to talk about how to help your staff think smarter, faster and more innovatively right now.