Responding to the Unexpected: Setting Up Your Team Culture for Innovation

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, December 12, 2014 - 5:00pm

Responding to the Unexpected: Setting Up Your Team Culture for Innovation

Advanced Project Management Training Seminar
Presented by Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development
A PMIWDC Strategic Partner

  • Register online; or
  • Register by phone at 703-450-2551
    Reference course code BUSC 1668 70L

Please register early if you would like to attend.


This seminar provides 7 PDUs for certified PMs.

Dates and Location

Friday, December 12, 2014
Course Length: 7 hours – from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

NOVA  Reston Center
Room 309
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190  

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Registration and Costs

$335 per person

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1668 70L

About the Course

Course Description:

Time and budget are running out, but the project is not complete. The word is circulated: “Get creative….we need an innovative solution, now!” Does this scenario sound familiar? Do you wonder how you and your project team members can quickly adopt an open, out-of-the-box mindset, particularly amid the standardized procedures and requirements of a project?  This one-day seminar focuses on how to foster flexible and innovative approaches needed to respond to project challenges. 

Through lecture, discussion, and experiential activities, participants will explore the relationship between open-minded creativity and well-defined standard methods, how the project team culture and values influence the ability to innovate, and strategies to encourage changing individual habits and expectations.  We will examine the role of Project Manager/project leader and how his/her actions can support or suppress the mental flexibility to adapt under pressure.  By the end of the session, participants will identify their strengths and their blind spots – and create an action plan to introduce and support innovation as part of the team culture.

Specific objectives include to: 

  • Identify and assess current team culture characteristics that support flexibility
  • Explore the role of the leader/manager as a model or supporter of adaptability
  • Recognize the implications of “innovation” as a polite word for change
  • Examine organizations that promote innovation as a competitive strategy
  • Analyze the relationship between creation, innovation, and optimization
  • Examine strategies that encourage change in team habits and expectations
  • Compare strategies of innovation in response to external pressure versus in response to proactive improvement

About the Instructors

Michael Van Dyke, PMP

After working for 25 years as a project manager for theater, music, and dance productions, Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP, is president of Serengeti Enterprises, Inc. His company provides training, and workforce development services to business teams and individuals. He is a certified coach (NCC) through the Newfield Network and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has been on the faculty at Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Amherst College.

In addition to customized training, Mr. Van Dyke offers open enrollment seminars through the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), including in the Project Management Certificate Program, and has presented several popular courses in the PMIWDC-NOVA educational alliance.

Mr. Van Dyke received a master’s degree from Yale University and was recognized with the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Workforce Trainer/Instructor.


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