I had the privilege of participating in Synecticsworld’s Innovative Team Workshop, where I learned how to utilize the Synectics process to develop rapid, actionable innovations within large organizations. I came away from the training feeling motivated, empowered, and that I had learned a valuable skill that I could put into practice immediately.
Thomas Plummer VP, Customer Relationship Management at HSN
Over the years, I have found using the Synectics approach to creative problem solving to be invaluable. They allow people to not only become more creative, but also to better communicate, give and receive feedback, and ensure a free flow of ideas. Using Synectics extensively as part our qualitative consumer research has resulted in defining consumer opportunities and developing successful new concepts.
Connie’s impact on our business and our people has been tremendous. I’d describe her as creative, smart, strategic, consumer focused, personable, a great communicator and fun. Did I say creative? I meant insanely creative. She knows how to apply process to an innovation brainstorming project, and she always mixes things up to keep the juices flowing. Our work together has resulted in truly break-out new product concepts. We’ve used her on several projects, and I look forward to the next.
Marlin Jennes, General Manager, Sr. Consulting Partner at NeuroFocus, Inc.
“With the help of Synecticsworld, we’ve found a new way of working together as we continue to spark creative thinking across our organization. It has helped us strike a balance between Operational Excellence and Innovation, a challenge that most organizations struggle with, today. We’ve used Synecticsworld in many different ways…Each time we’ve been inspired by the powerful results we can achieve by harnessing our collective, creative thinking.”
Chipp provided expert advice and support for the duration of 2 major safety campaigns in our organization. His professionalism was outstanding. What I admired most about working with Chipp was his ability to relate to all kinds of people we encounter throughout our innovative journey. During my training as a facilitator Chipp provided mentorship and encouragement necessary for me to succeed.
Jessica-Lee Holland, Project Manager Assistant at Aurizon (Formerly QR National)
Connie Williams is a true innovation consultant and partner. She tackles tough and sensitive challenges with the highest integrity, leverages her vast knowledge and expertise to help clients understand their needs, and recommends a pragmatic and innovative course of action. While some only offer up ideas, Connie sees them through — bringing her experience, passion, creativity, ingenuity and leadership to the team. She is a joy to work with and to win with!
Yvonne Wolf, Global Head of Leadership Development at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
The principle of Synectics and the innovation concept they provide is a “can’t go wrong” product that can give every corporation a much-needed vitamin boost whenever they need help to change speed or direction.
Connie is my go-to choice for strategic product development. Her approach is insights based and results driven. I have hired Connie several times at many different companies and she delivers. She is also an excellent change agent, able to influence leaders into new mindsets. A task not easily achieved. I highly recommend her.
Kate Quinn, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at WellPoint
Thanks so much for facilitating our meeting. The Synectics approach is really great and I do feel that the process helped take us to a place with a plan. Creating an open/accepting environment is obviously key to changing the momentum in a positive direction and fostering a better work environment. Thanks for turning us in the right direction.
Jeremy Keller, Director of Sales & Marketing at Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills
From the beginning, it was apparent that we were going to benefit from the outcome and the process. We concluded the session with two very viable solutions, each with our next steps and accountabilities outlined. What was enjoyable and truly valuable was how well you managed the process of “out there” thinking that led to creative and then feasible ideas. The session strengthened the team and brought out our best ideas and prepared us to put them into action.
Over the past several years, I was fortunate to work with the team at Synecticsworld, and it was life changing. We gained the valuable insight we needed and we also created unique growth platforms that enabled us to see and explore significantly incremental growth paths for our businesses. The Synecticsworld methodology is unique to any that I have experienced. The experience opened by mind past new business opportunities and gave me insight into my own perspectives.
Anne Bannister, General Manager of Lighting at Energizer
I have had the pleasure of working with Chipp over the past couple of years on various projects. Chipp’s professional, friendly and enthusiastic manner has permeated the groups he has been managing, involving everyone and helping open minds to some exciting and different ways of thinking. The experience is always interesting and fun while focused on achieving the best possible result.
I had the opportunity to work with Joe Giordano in 2010 on a corporate strategy project. He was very professional and was able to bring his passion for his work into all our dealings and communications. He has a great mindset and skillset to deal with teams and individuals who are in the midst of change and growth. He gave us 100% every time we interacted. I am delighted that I have had the chance to work with Joe and look forward to doing so again in the future.
Kim Bryan, Vice President, Talent & Organisation Development at Aurizon (formerly QR National)
Joe Giordano does a top notch job. He develops strong client relationships, and helps his clients get the results they seek. I’ve known him to develop unique and effective development programs for his clients.
Candis Cook, Advisor at Peer to Peer Advisors, Inc.
It’s a pleasure to work with Connie on a project and leverage her years of experience and diverse category knowledge. She has a unique ability to galvanize and focus a diverse team so they can effectively work together to uncover the often hidden and unarticulated insights that truly drive consumers’ behavior. Furthermore, she develops brilliant exercises and projects for both teams and consumers to illuminate these insights themselves.
Clive de Freitas, Planning Lead, Agency Development at Google
The Synecticsworld team allowed our organization to develop a truly transformative strategic plan. As a board member and Strategic Planning Committee co-chair at a children’s museum, I focused on finding a consultant who would drive innovation, relate to all our stakeholders and help us achieve clear, actionable results. The Synecticsworld team delivered over and above our expectations.
Leonora Williamson, Board Member at Creative Discovery Museum
“Scientists are often great cynics, pouring cold water onto new ideas. Using these techniques has transformed what were often ineffective and frustrating team meetings into really productive sessions.”
Three decades later, my early investment in Synectics development training continues to demonstrate a healthy ROI! Unshackled from linear and closed minded thinking, open to ideas that at first appear asymmetric, the facilitation skills learned at Synectics have been a springboard for me to take great advantage of a global and a richly diverse team within a multinational firm. Thanks for expanding and enriching my leadership potential.
Connie is so creative it is scary. She creatively teaches creativity. I have been lucky to work with Connie over the years. She teaches people that creativity is not a gift from birth, rather a process one can learn. This is a hopeful message for anyone who has struggled alone to solve a problem. It does not have to be that way.