Innovation Coaching
Innovation Coaching Workbook


"Innovation Coaching" is a resource for innovators and entrepreneurs offering no-nonsense, practical advice to help empower you to maintain your mental health while navigating the often-challenging process of innovating within an organization or as an entrepreneur.

This volume covers the journey towards achieving innovation while protecting your mental health and maintaining a balanced life. Healthy minds mean healthy profits. If you look after your people, achievements and money will inevitably follow.

The expectation to innovate is placed on the shoulders of entrepreneurs and innovators, and it's a pressure they probably weren't anticipating. They went out into the market, found a good idea, raised the capital, and thought, "Fantastic, I've got my money," but what they didn't realize is that this is only the start of their dilemmas. With the investment, managing someone else's money becomes a significant responsibility, along with the pressure this brings.

Innovation is a tricky business, not for the faint of heart. It requires resilience, persistence, tenacity, and inner strength because an innovator swims against the current and disrupts. Humans have a natural tendency to flock toward the familiar, the well understood, and the proven paths to achieving an objective. Innovation turns that upside down, and we enter the realm of failure. Anything that humans create that is groundbreaking, new, transformational, and innovative is, by definition, risky, uncertain, unproven, and carries a significant risk of failure.

The word 'innovation' has been applied frequently in a broad range of contexts, often without a clear understanding of what it is and how leadership envisions it. Innovation is a more insidious word than you might think - a word that represents terrific things but can also evoke sensations of fatigue and anxiety. One of the critical challenges for organizations is knowing how to ensure their capacity for development isn't killed by 'innovation stress.'

Innovators and entrepreneurs don't just need financial resources; they need layers of support that help them maintain their physical and mental health. We need to create a much more supportive and nurturing investment community that invests in these essential support systems that play a vital role in the success of a new idea. The investor community needs to put people and profit on an equal footing.

Innovation Coaching Handbook

Table of Contents

  • Failure
  • Hating Your Work is a Sign of Trouble
  • Support
  • Synopsis
  • Introduction
  • Defining Innovation
  • Experimentation
  • The Innovation S-Curve
  • Sustaining Versus Disruptive Innovation
  • Incremental Versus Disruptive Innovation
  • Innovation Horizons
  • Innovation Process
  • The Iterative Spiral Approach
  • Innovation Ambition
  • Fail Fast, Fail Often, Fail Cheaply
  • When To Copy and Improve Rather Than Innovate
  • Training Innovation May Not Be Possible
  • How Innovation Succeeds
  • Personality and Innovation
  • Synopsis 
Communication and Persuasion
  • The Power of Persuasion in Business
  • Confidence
  • Giving Effective Feedback
  • Synopsis
Innovation Facilitation
  • Introduction
  • Innovation Facilitating Factors
  • Characteristics of Innovation Facilitating Workplaces
  • Employee-Led Innovation Culture
  • Forming the Innovation Lab and Team
  • Synopsis
Failure is Success
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Emotions and Innovation
  • Introduction
  • What are Emotions?
  • Biologically Grounded Emotions
  • Feelings are Useful Indicators
  • Identifying and Releasing Feelings
  • Core Emotions
  • Identifying and Releasing Feelings
  • Identifying Your Emotions
  • Dealing with Feelings of Injustice and Anger
  • Synopsis
Innovation Stress Syndrome
  • Introduction
  • Organizations that Inhibit Innovation
  • Workplace Power Dynamics
  • Emotional Numbing
  • Abusive Workplaces
  • Toxic Workplaces
  • Factors That Create a Toxic Culture
  • Health Impacts of Toxic Workplaces
  • Characteristics of Innovation Inhibiting Workplaces
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Toxic Behavior
  • Chronic Stress and Work-Life Balance
  • Innovation Stress and Trauma
  • Management Revenge and Being Set-up-to-Fail
  • Synopsis
Innovation and Mental Health
  • Introduction
  • Personality Traits that Enhance Innovation
  • Personality Traits that Inhibit Innovation
  • Innovation Stressors
  • Trauma
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Stress, Anxiety, and the Benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • The Mental Health Benefits of Creativity and Innovation
  • Synopsis
The Rise of Innvovation During World-Changing Events
  • Pandemics

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  • Synopsis 
  • What is Wellness?
  • The Dimensions of Wellness
  • Mental Health Wellness
  • Focusing and Mindfulness
  • Building A Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • How the Client Wants Support Delivered
  • Synopsis
Finding Support
  • Introduction
  • Be Your Self-Advocate
  • Recovery Professionals
  • Finding Professional Support
  • Researching Preferred Recovery Resources
  • SelectIng Local Professional Resources
  • Schedule A Professional Consultation
  • Synopsis 
Maintaining Your Mental Health
  • Introduction
  • Building and Maintaining Your Network
  • Healthy Coping
  • Monitoring for Signs of Potential Relapse
  • Coping with Trauma Triggers 
  • Coping with Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
  • Managing Setbacks with Compassion
  • Synopsis
Mindfulness and Focusing
  • Introduction
  • Core Elements of Mindfulness
  • The Benefits of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Gestalt Coaching
  • De-Cluttering
  • Journaling Form
  • Important Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Synopsis
What is Coaching?
  • Comparing Coaching to Related Professions
  • The Origin of Modern Coaching
  • What Makes a Competent Coach?
  • Coaches Remove Obstacles
  • Synopsis 
Coaching Fundamentals
  • Introduction
  • Listening
  • The Structure of a Coaching Session
  • Powerful Questions
  • Communication Styles
  • Core Values Exploration
  • Vision Exploration
  • Goal Exploration
  • Assess Work-Life Balance
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Coaching Trends 
  • Learning More About Coaching
  • Synopsis
When Coaching is Not Appropriate
  • Introduction
  • Referring Clients With Mental Health Issues
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Mental Health Recovery from the Client’s Perspective
  • Finding Professional Support
  • Synopsis 
  • Introduction
  • Optimism
  • Problem-Solving
  • Life Transitions
  • Working Through Loss and Grief
  • The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change
  • Life Coaching
  • Navigating Employment Transitions
  • Synopsis
Setting Up Your Coaching Business
  • Introduction
  • Vision, Mission, Values, and Ethics
  • Identify Your Niche
  • Set Your Pricing
  • Develop Your Marketing Plan
  • Create Your Tag Line
  • Develop an Authentic Introduction
  • Market Features and Benefits
  • Create Your Internet Presence
  • Manage your Internet Identity And Persona
  • Set Up Professional Communication
  • Create Your Marketing Tools
  • Market Your Business
  • Implement Customer Relationship Management
  • Form Strategic Alliances
  • Welcome Package
  • Sample Welcome Letter
  • Sample Coaching Agreement
  • Sample Client Consent and Agreement
  • Sample Client Information Form
  • S Intake Questionnaire
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Record-Keeping, Notes, and Privacy
  • Synopsis
Artificial Intelligence and Transformation
  • Introduction
  • AI Trends
  • AI Transforming Organizations
  • AI Transforming Management
  • AI Will Eliminate Middle Management
  • AI Transforming Banking
  • AI Transforming Cybersecurity
  • Societal Implications of AI
  • The Coming Singularity
  • Synopsis
When Moving On is the Only Option
  • Introduction
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief Coaching
  • Life Transition Coaching
  • Career Transition Coaching
  • Managing Employment Transitions
  • Finding a Healthy Workplace
  • Synopsis
Final Thoughts
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Innovation Coaching Workbook

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Final Thoughts

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