Leading Change for Innovation and Impact

Drive change, innovation and impact across your organization.

Why Take This Course

  • identify the strengths and developmental areas that are needed to build personal and organizational creativity and innovation capabilities
  • adopt an innovation mindset by igniting people and teams to develop deeper capacities for being creative
  • understand how managing for long-term innovation is different from managing for short-term productivity
  • understand the profound impact that leaders have in establishing the climates and cultures needed to encourage and embed creativity and innovation across organizations

Course Overview

Change and creativity are interconnected. When change occurs, we need to adapt to new conditions and realities. With such change comes uncertainty, since we can no longer rely on what was previously known to remain true, and therefore we need to develop novel solutions to fit the new paradigms. In other words, we need to become innovative, creative leaders.

Participants in Leading Change for Innovation and Impact will explore the deep connections that exist between leadership, change, creativity and innovation. Through practical application of a widely regarded creative change model as well as highly interactive small group discussions and peer learning opportunities, participants will identify and develop core skills that drive change for innovation and impact across organizations.

How You Learn

This program will consist of the follow four stages of learning:

Pre-Program Preparation: Assessing Innovation and Influencing Preferences
Participants will individually complete two short online assessments to better understand their personal innovation style as well leadership preferences related to innovation-focused teams.

Virtual Class (November 17): The Interplay of Creative Leadership, Processes and Environment on Innovation
The class will come together online, where we will highlight the important interplay of leadership, processes and the environment using the Creative Change Model. In addition to exploring how each of these components must be deliberately led to generate a culture of creativity, participants will identify their own strengths and areas for development in the quest to become creative change leaders.

Virtual Class 2 (December 1): Creating Alignment and Managing the Dilemma of Innovation
The leadership practices needed to lead change to maximize cycles of innovation will be examined. Participants will also learn how to lead innovation initiatives through the inevitable challenges of keeping the balance between efficiency and creativity.

Peer Coaching for Result
At the conclusion of the real-time virtual class sessions, a peer learning system will be established. Pairs of participants act as coaching partners by sharing their innovation and change leadership experiences with each other with a view to encourage and sustain learning and skills development.

Facilitator Information

Marysia Czarski is the Managing Director of Velocity Partnership, a consultancy based in Toronto that works at the intersection of creativity, culture and leadership. For over 18 years, across Canada, the U.S, the U.K and China, Marysia has helped her clients solve persistent complex challenges and unlock opportunities for growth. Prior to breaking out on her own, she worked in a variety of marketing roles for Ralston Purina, Cadbury, and Lavalife.

Marysia has served as adjunct faculty at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at State University of New York (SUNY) where she graduated with a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. She previously earned an H.B.A degree with Dean’s Honour’s from Ivey Business School at Western University. She is a master trainer in Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, and is a business coach to entrepreneurs. Her keynote, The Corporate Athlete, highlights her insights of sport and creativity for a corporate environment and she just published an insights paper, The Surprising Impact of the Pandemic on Creativity and Five Ways to Sustain It. Outside of business, she is a busy mom, active athlete and is an engaged community member and inclusiveness advocate.

Laura Barbero Switalski is an adjunct lecturer at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at State University of New York (SUNY). She is also a partner of Darwin Associates, a consulting firm in Buffalo, that specializes in organizational growth, creativity and change leadership. She works with organizations across North America, Central America, and Europe to facilitate creativity and innovation, help manage change and transitions, and enhance teamwork and leadership. Laura is also a faculty member of the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), a founding member and organizer of CREA Conference, a global community of creativity professionals, and is President of CREA Italia. She holds a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from State University of New York (SUNY, Buffalo). Born and raised in Italy, Laura lives now in Buffalo.

  • Upcoming Sessions

    Interested in bringing this course to your organization? Contact Steve Walker, our Manager of Business Development.

    Dates and Fees

    $795.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses.*Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    • This program will benefit executives and managers who are able to lead or influence innovation initiatives in their organizations.
    • Innovation and organizational development consultants seeking to expand their repertoire of skills and models for creativity and change will also benefit from this course.
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