Creating Conditions for Innovation

August 29, 2018

EDGE’s InnoQuest group had a unique opportunity to meet at the gorgeous Case Western Reserve Farm with two extraordinary facilitators from Time Zero Enterprises, a Cleveland-based firm specializing in helping organizations drive change. Sally Breyley Parker and Argerie Vasilakes have extensive experience and training in organization development and leadership and guided the group on an experiential and reflective journey to explore personal motivations, roadblocks and sources of inspiration to ultimately propel leaders and companies forward.

The guiding question to leaders of innovation was: What steps do you take to be more innovative, more creative, and a more exemplary leader into the future? This experiential learning session at the farm provided a great setting for meaningful discussion and self-reflection. Testimonial from session: “Having a group of local business leaders in one room with the same goal of innovation is so valuable. Networking (through the program) has helped us address a number of challenges over the years.”

Key takeaways to create conditions for innovation:

  • Go offsite
  • Invite more collaborators
  • Open atmosphere through rules
  • Education; tools to solve problems
  • Opportunity for failure
  • Limits and boundaries

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About the InnoQuest Innovation Management Program:

A collaborative forum offered bi-monthly to leaders and innovation practitioners of mid- to large-sized companies in Northeast Ohio. Participants gain best practices in managing and guiding the innovation process, new working relations with peer companies & leading practitioners and actionable steps to improve a company’s innovation practices. Program content has included: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Lean Start-Up Principles, Design Thinking and Creativity in Leadership. Each session is held at a location of interest throughout the region; past locations have included; Sherwin Williams, The Technology House, NASA Glenn Research Center, Baldwin Wallace Center for Innovation and Growth, Parker Hannifin’s New Innovation Center and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

To participate in the InnoQuest Innovation Management program contact:
Chris Keller (; 216-346-6300) or Grant Marquit (; 216-215-5058)