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President and CEO

Weiss International Ltd.


Leading Innovation

A decade’s worth of leadership surveys on innovation highlight a significant gap between what leaders say they want and what their organization delivers. Over 80% of leaders surveyed believe innovation is important for their future success, but less than 30% are satisfied with their current level of innovation. This is what we call the “innovation gap.” So why, despite all the talking and all the resources at their disposal, have the leaders of many of the largest organizations in the world not been able to close the innovation gap? The short answer is that they have not had sustainable solutions—practical and reliable programs that deliver long-term, predictable results. Instead, they have had an endless array of partial answers. They are left with an alarming innovation gap.

Leading Innovation answers the question: How can we close the innovation gap by becoming leaders of innovation? This workshop, based upon Dr. David Weiss’ co-authored book Innovative Intelligence (Wiley) and his subsequent work, analyzes the following questions:

  • What are the three core principles to lead innovation effectively?

  • How do leaders of innovation apply design thinking through the four stages of initiate, insights, ideate and iterate?

  • How can participants apply approaches from Leading Innovation to their own situations?


Dr. David S. Weiss, ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500, social enterprise and public-sector organizations. David has provided consulting on more than 1000 business and organizational projects on five continents including in Canada, USA, England, Holland, Paris, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Russia, China, Malaysia, Uganda, South Africa, and Chile. He delivered over 200 conference presentations and he has written over 50 journal and trade articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books including Innovative Intelligence (Publisher: Wiley, also available in Chinese and Persian) which was reported by CBC News as a “top 5 business book” in the year it was published. Previously, Affiliate Professor of Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University, and VP and Chief Innovation Officer in a multinational consulting firm, David currently teaches at four university executive development programs, including Rotman, Schulich, DeGroote and St, Mary’s University. David’s doctorate is from the University of Toronto and he has three Master’s degrees. He has been honoured by many organizations globally including by the Government of Canada with the “Distinguished Lecturer” certificate, by the Asia-Pacific HR Congress with the “HR Leadership Award,” by the Institute for Performance and Learning as the first lifetime “Fellow” in Canada, and by HRPA with the fourth lifetime designation of “Fellow HRPA.” 

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