CBi China Bridge invited by AmCham’s Education & Training Committee to speak about successes in innovation training


On 9 April, CBi China Bridge’s Founder and President, Cathy Huang, led a workshop at The American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, the largest and fastest growing chapter in Asia Pacific.  Cathy’s talk was highlighting what works, and what doesn’t work, when companies want to foster innovation learning. This is particularly important for large companies that are recognizing the increasingly strong relationship between innovation and competitive edge.

The talk touched on how to successfully work with innovation consultancies when attempting to implement innovation training.  Most successful innovation training is fostered in an environment that encourages trust, involvement and respect.  Companies should also embrace opportunities, and be accepting of failures and risks. 

After Cathy’s talk, participants split up in groups for discussions centered around three questions:

> How can you develop a customized approach to innovation training?

> How do you create an environment of trust and collaboration?

> How can you encourage the freedom of ideas and turn them into concrete solutions?

The discussions were lively, and after each group presented their conclusions with the group for further debate.  We had some participants from Deloitte, and they were able to share their company’s strategy for culturing innovation.  Some discussions were centered around differences between company’s innovation strategies, and comparing and contrasting Western and Chinese management policies.

Diversity of team members determined as a key factor when fostering an innovative culture but how do you put together a team for effective problem solving, decision making and creativity? An effective method is through Kirton Adaptation Innovation (KAI) method, which utilizes psychometric testing to help people identify their preferred thinking style, and understand how to use this to maximize their creative potential.

For queries on this event or our workshops please contact us at info@shcbi.com.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, known as the "Voice of American Business" in China, is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia Pacific region.  Founded in 1915, AmCham Shanghai was the third American Chamber established outside the United States. As a non-profit, non-partisan business organization, AmCham Shanghai is committed to the principles of free trade, open markets, private enterprise and the unrestricted flow of information. Website:www.amcham-shanghai.org


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