Open Program

Driving Growth and Innovation

Gain the skills to help you find the next big thing for your organization. 

This three-day program will help you assess your growth options and support you in finding the best way forward for your organization.

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Driving Growth and Innovation

Program Overview

Driving Growth and Innovation is a highly practical three-day program which explores how you can grow your business and make innovation work for you. We apply a proven framework to evaluate growth initiatives.

Our tutors will help you assess your options to find the optimal path for your organization, using best practice and latest real-world thinking to create action plans for growth.

You will review everything, including: the potential and requirements for market penetration; product range development; re-packaging existing propositions; acquisition; efficiency initiative plans and tapping hidden assets. 

The program draws on the best thinking in applying innovation. We also give you techniques for ‘unblocking’ new ideas from your teams.

Content and Structure


Before coming on the program, you will complete an online psychometric test to explore your personal capabilities for innovation and creativity. You will also be invited to join an online discussion forum to share examples of best practice in innovation with other participants.

To ensure that your learning is fully relevant and rooted in your own organization, you are asked to complete a short exercise analysing the growth of your business. You will have the opportunity to reflect on this during the residential phase of the program.

Residential Phase

The program is delivered through a dynamic combination of taught modules, group discussions and individual exercises. We use leading and trusted models based on our research and experience to give you a detailed grounding in growth frameworks. You acquire the tools to identify and harness opportunities to innovate, optimise and scale your business. You also conduct an application exercise to clarify the meaning for you and your organization.

The program covers:

  • Understanding value and growth dynamics
  • Encouraging innovation within teams
  • An experiential task to test new insights
  • Discovering growth and innovation concepts and application toolkits
  • Looking at growth insights for your business
  • Planning for personal and business results


Tutors will facilitate a virtual follow-up session for the group, six weeks after the residential phase. This allows you and the other participants in your group to review your actions and support you all to make further progress.

You are also given continued access to your online program portal and Virtual Ashridge content for six months after your residential stay. 

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This program is a module of our Advanced Management Program.

All Ashridge Open Programs are taught in English, find out how we can help you to improve your English.

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Participant feedback

“Ashridge is a mix of hard work, pleasure and good company. The diverse range of individuals on the course makes it all the more beneficial.”

Mark Moran, Director of Partner Sales, Golden Charter

“The programme exceeded my expectation. The mix between academic training and practical exercises allowed me to better understand the growth and innovation theory.”

Gabriela Geana, Marketing Manager, Arctic

“The setting and structure of the course helps provide a relaxed and easy mindset to maximise your learnings.”

Mark Gilhespie, Head of Logistic Operations, News UK plc

“Fantastic experience with insightful techniques to help you grow as an individual.”

Mike Wiltshire, General Manager, Castle Leisure Ltd.

“Fun, inspirational, essential. Best training session I have been on in a very long career.”

Michael Wilkinson, Assistant Director, University of Hertfordshire.

“Great program. Good balance between theory and practical. Excellent insight from Ashridge team – thank you.”

Barney Ely, Director, Hays PLC.

“Understanding and applying strategies to innovate, scale and optimise in the commercial world really added value.”

Bradley Green, Head of Integration, Lloyds Banking Group.

“The course is focused around a model which ties all elements of growth and innovation strategy together in a usable way that allows easy analysis and ideas generation in your own business.”

Simon Everett, Managing Director, Strainstall UK Ltd.

“The models and strategies will help to evaluate where we go as a business.”

Paul Barratt, Managing Director, Karndean International Ltd.

Program fee

Price: £3,800.00 + VAT
What is included in your open program fee?

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Who is it for?

This program is for managers and executives who need to improve their understanding of how to find growth, accelerate and enhance business performance, and make innovation work in practice.

Benefits to you and your organization

  • You will learn about growth frameworks and be able to apply them to your organization with confidence
  • You will develop an increased appreciation of opportunities for instilling innovation
  • You will know how to explore and drive growth initiatives
  • You will leave armed with tips and processes for encouraging innovation and sharing new ways of working with your team and organization

Faculty Team

Paul Griffith

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Tony Cram

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