FONA

From Innovation as a buzzword to innovation as a practice

Challenge
As a growing, global company the company wanted to build innovation as a skill and practice across all departments and employees. Yet, “Innovation” challenges would often culminate in a report, rather than action. Departments remained siloed. At the same time, the company had made a significant commitment to employee learning investing in 40 hours of continuing education per employee per year.

Solution
To build skills in entrepreneurship, a bias toward action, and cross-functional collaboration, Ei led 3 leaps programs for all employees in addition to a series of leadership workshops. The workshops and LEAPS programs provided fresh, relevant content allowed any employee to work with peers from across the company on internal challenges.

Outcome
Over the course of 3 years, 20+ internal innovation prototypes were brought forward by employees of all levels. One project in particular results in a 3x increase in inside sales.