Mark your calendars!

2015 is speeding towards the halfway mark. Save these dates for exciting events coming up in the next quarter and plan for success!

Business Breakfast: Getting Engaged – The Leadership Challenge

29 May, Durban
Ginty Chalk will facilitate an interactive session for leaders on how to engage team members and spark creativity.

Structured Innovation Course
1 – 5 June, Cape Town
6 – 10 July, Johannesburg
26 – 30 October, Johannesburg
Yes, Innovation can be structured and in this course, BMGI will show you how to follow a systematic innovation roadmap following the D4 (Define, Discover, Develop and Demonstrate) methodology. D4 helps you identify unmet customer needs, generate ideas to fulfil those needs, analyse the most promising solutions and test the end product/process.

Change Leadership Course
2 – 12 June, Johannesburg
19 – 23 October, Johannesburg

BMGI’s Change Leadership Course will help you become a strong and capable change leader—providing all the knowledge, tools and skills you need to create widespread commitment and manage the details of any change initiative, large or small.

Navigate Change with the ChangePro Simulation
10 July, Johannesburg
2 October, Johannesburg
19 November, Johannesburg

BMGI is the only company in South Africa who is accredited to facilitate this highly interactive business simulation. The ChangePro® Simulation is designed to illustrate the importance of managing the change process.

Leading High Performing Teams Course
22 -24 June, Johannesburg
How can companies unleash the potential of people to create high performing teams? BMGI’s High-Performing Team methodology is designed to empower people to achieve innovation success.

Leading Lean
13 – 16 July, Johannesburg
The Lean Workshop is a highly interactive learning experience to develop your approach to Lean thinking. The course uses various simulations, media and games in an experiential manner.

Train-the-Trainer Course
20 – 24 July, Johannesburg
(Our last scheduled Train-the-Trainer course for 2015!)
BMGI’s Train-the-Trainer course is an intensive skill-building experience that teaches attendees how to become better instructors, presenters, meeting leaders, mentors and coaches. Attendees learn the practices, behaviors and tools they need to improve audience participation, buy-in, comprehension, retention and application.

Design for Lean Six Sigma
24 – 28 Aug, Johannesburg
Design for Lean Six Sigma, is a powerful methodology for ensuring the quality and reliability of new product and process designs in any industry. This course uniquely combines the best knowhow for developing efficient and waste-free designs (the Lean aspect), as well as those that are defect and error-free (the Six Sigma aspect).

For more information on any of our events, please contact us.

Structured approach to innovation pays off big time

By Dimitri Markolides, SCP and Structured Innovation Leader, BMGI

Organisations that follow a structured process by far are more efficient and have a strong pipeline of concepts are mostly likely to succeed in developing consistent innovation. These companies are able to maximise use of physical assets, diversify revenues and reduce the threat of competitive entry. They are able to selectively abandon the past and create the future business, which results in growth. They do this in a very structured way and South Africa has some impressive examples to share 

At BMGI we see innovation as embracing the development of new ideas and adapting these to become commercial successes.people with gears

Predictability introduced

The benefits of structured innovation is that time to market is more predictable.  Structured process is repeatable and reproducible and allows for iteration which Improves strength of concepts and assists front-end innovation. By defining the opportunity upfront, with more focus and common language, it allows for easier integration of new business models into existing operations.

By definition, innovation is not merely ideation, but also includes the process of commercialisation. 

This has also been described as a tale of two cultures comprising: front end innovation and back end exploitation. 

Quote2.1Front end Innovation focuses on defining the innovation opportunity or the problem that hasn’t properly been solved, and finding better ideas to solve the problem.  Back end exploitation focuses on taking the strong concepts developed during front-end innovation and developing business model s and adoption strategies to take the solution to market.


The whole process is deemed successful when it adds value to the consumer and the producer. 

Three key stumbling blocks to innovation:

Lack of a structured framework for identifying the innovation opportunity right through to demonstrating value

Inability to select the right team

Inability to fill the product pipeline consistently and repeatably

The key challenge organisations face, however, is integrating the“new” innovative business model into the organisation’s  existing one. In some cases this requires the exploration of a number of business models in tandem.  This approach has achieved impressive financial results for some “back end exploiters”, who have applied focus, energy as well as dedicated and co-ordinated teamwork.


BMGI’s Structured Innovation and D4 methodology provides a framework that assists in identifying an opportunity for innovation right through to demonstrating value of the embodied idea as a product or service. It assesses people’s cognitive style in problem solving, the results of which mean better selection of the innovation team. It also assists in demonstrating the concept by integration into current process, and creating linkage to a new business model.