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Jonathan Vehar is the President and Co-founder of New & Improved, LLC. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, the Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York, Ithaca College and the Creative Problem Solving Institute. He holds a master’s degree in creativity and change leadership from the University of New York, and he has worked in advertising and marketing for agencies like Leo Burnett and Lintas:USA.

Jonathan has been called an “Innovation Thought Leader” by Fast Company and an “Innovation Guru” by Investor’s Business Daily. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur and Road & Track. He has written many articles, videos and training manuals about creative thinking, and co-authored the book, More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams.

Jonathan works with organizations to develop leadership skills necessary for innovation. Some of his clients include Cadbury-Schweppes, Centocor, Disney, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Pfizer, Wrigley, the Federal Executive Institute, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Navy.

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    Jonathan Vehar is President and Cofounder of New & Improved®, LLC, where he works with organizations to develop leadership skills necessary for innovation. Called an “Innovation Thought Leader” by Fast Company and an “Innovation Guru” by Investor’s Business Daily, his quick wit, piercing insights and commitment to excellence create powerful programs in the areas of creative thinking, strategic planning, group meeting facilitation, and innovation leadership development.

    Some of the organizations to benefit from his training and facilitation include: Cadbury-Schweppes; Centocor; Disney; GE; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft; Pfizer; Wrigley; the Federal Executive Institute, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Navy plus various business schools around the country. As a speaker and seminar leader, Jonathan has presented innovation programs to tens of thousands of people, primarily in The Americas.

    Jonathan is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, the Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York, Ithaca College and the Creative Problem Solving Institute. He is a regular presenter at the Innovation Network Convergence, and was co-chair of Convergence in 2004 and 2006, and emceed in 2004 plus 2006-2009. Formerly the Director of Training and Consulting for the Creative Education Foundation, prior to that he worked in advertising and marketing for Leo Burnett and Lintas:USA, among other agencies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York.

    Jonathan has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Road & Track, and is the author of many articles, videotapes and training manuals about creative thinking. His latest book, co-authored with Bob Eckert, is entitled, More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams.


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Make Creativity & Innovation Happen


In this speech, Jonathan discusses ways to “make creativity and innovation happen” within any organization. “You must open your mind to new ideas,” he says. He explains that this concept is like a Rubik’s Cube, saying “It may sound simple, but it’s not easy.”

He goes on to explain ways to generate new, creative ideas. He tells the audience that they must “defer judgement, strive for quantity, seek wild and unusual ideas and combine and build on ideas.” He says that it’s OK to “make 30 mistakes, and when you make those 30 mistakes, you can make 30 more mistakes.” He continues by describing his steps to generating new ideas, beginning with identifying the problem.


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Jonathan has presented innovation programs to tens of thousands of people throughout the Americas. His presentations use humor and real world anecdotes to spark creativity and imagination, and provide the tools to inspire growth and innovation while boosting productivity. He motivates audiences to become more effective leaders, develop better working relationships, turn problems into opportunities and think more creatively.

The Innovation Leader is in the Mirror: How to Live Up to the Responsibility for Your Organization’s Success

Purpose:
Delivers the message that growing the organization is everyone’s job. Provides tools and attitudes for people to begin to make innovation happen at any level — from new hire to CEO — immediately.

Description:
Successful organizations demand effective leadership and a focus on innovation to achieve their growth goals. Especially when working in a fast–paced global marketplace, a matrixed organization, an autonomous workgroup, an innovation team or, basically, when the numbers represent a critical challenge. This high–energy, activity–punctuated program provides leaders of all levels, types and functions with the skills and tools to work together more effectively to create new solutions. The participants work on interactive innovation challenges designed to provide insights about the strengths and weaknesses they bring to the organization and to help them define their leadership role within the company. Participants in this program return to work energized to lead and able to develop creative and innovative solutions with their teams.

Key Benefits:

  • Productive approaches to help grow value for the organization
  • Sharpened leadership, speaking and listening skills
  • Improved communication among group members
  • More effective leadership and “followership” for more effective collaboration in a hierarchy
  • Increased trust among group members
  • A new attitude toward accountability and responsibility
  • A common language and tools for attacking problems and creating opportunities

Breakthrough Thinking: Creativity and Innovation Tools for Your Brain

Purpose:
Teaches the tools and techniques needed to spark imagination, generate new ideas and break through the blocks to creativity and innovation. Results are immediate.

Description:
A motivational and interactive program designed to create an attitude shift in participants that promotes free–flowing creative idea generation and new ways of treating the innovative ideas of others. Audiences learn tools that will quickly cause creativity breakthroughs in individuals and organizations. Packed with useful information and inspiring stories of successful applications of innovation, the program is also considered “a lot of fun.” Groups are inspired to work together with a new focus on creative thinking, innovation and productivity.

Key Benefits:

  • Improved creative thinking and innovative results
  • Groups generate more innovative options and a wider range of alternatives
  • Enables participants to better evaluate and strengthen new ideas
  • Inspires a productive new attitude toward innovation leadership
  • Teaches tools and techniques for identifying the opportunities that problems often conceal
  • Enhances idea generation and evaluation by the group
  • Strenthens creative problem solving in all areas of work and life
  • Strengthens emotional intelligence
  • Is motivational and energizes more effective teambuilding
  • Provides creativity tools and techniques to generate breakthrough solutions on–demand
  • Is a great innovation initiative kick–off

Energizing Innovation Teams: How to Spark a Culture of Innovation

Purpose:
This keynote teaches innovation tools that can be used immediately for working together more creatively, productively and effectively. Also sends a message that the corporation is taking action to help groups work together to create more innovative results.

Description:
Everyone is creative. It’s part of the human condition. But harnessing the creativity in everyone and putting it to work productively in a group setting can require new ways of working together more effectively. This high–energy, activity–punctuated program provides team members with the skills and tools they need to work with others to improve their potential for innovation. Participants work on interactive challenges designed to help them see beyond barriers to innovation and the obstructions that can be caused by anyone. Team members leave this program energized, more creative, and more productive when working with others.

Key Benefits:

  • Knowledge of the personal blocks and barriers to innovation, and how to get past them
  • Improved communication among group members
  • More effective leadership and followership for better collaboration
  • More effective and productive meetings
  • Better working relationships
  • New attitudes about being able to innovate
  • Common tools and language with which teams can attack problems and create opportunities


Jonathan Vehar Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "We′re very happy with the results -- you definitely dazzled them! You received the highest ratings any speaker has ever gotten at our [annual] conference!"
    --Director, Kaset International (a Times Mirror Company)

    "I want to express my gratitude for everything you did to make our conference such a tremendous success. We have received a considerable amoung of feedback indicating that the conference objectives were met or exceeded...I was very impressed by how well you related to the people and in turn how they responded to your sincere efforts to help them...I am confident that your positive impact will drive benefits for years to come."
    --Sr. Vice President, Kraft Foods

    "You received the highest ratings of any of the presenters at the orientation session. We look forward to working with you again next year."
    --Coordinators, MBA School Orientation, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

    Clients Include:
    American Heart Association
    Andersen Consulting
    Bath & Body Works
    Child and Family Services
    Deloitte & Touche
    Environmental Protection Agency
    General Motors
    HBO/Cinemax
    Monsanto
    Nestle
    Scientific Games
    State University of New York
    The US Navy
    Times Mirror
    Xerox




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    "We′re very happy with the results -- you definitely dazzled them! You received the highest ratings any speaker has ever gotten at our [annual] conference!"
    --Director, Kaset International (a Times Mirror Company)

    "I want to express my gratitude for everything you did to make our conference such a tremendous success. We have received a considerable amoung of feedback indicating that the conference objectives were met or exceeded...I was very impressed by how well you related to the people and in turn how they responded to your sincere efforts to help them...I am confident that your positive impact will drive benefits for years to come."
    --Sr. Vice President, Kraft Foods

    "You received the highest ratings of any of the presenters at the orientation session. We look forward to working with you again next year."
    --Coordinators, MBA School Orientation, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

    Clients Include:
    American Heart Association
    Andersen Consulting
    Bath & Body Works
    Child and Family Services
    Deloitte & Touche
    Environmental Protection Agency
    General Motors
    HBO/Cinemax
    Monsanto
    Nestle
    Scientific Games
    State University of New York
    The US Navy
    Times Mirror
    Xerox


The Innovation Leader is in the Mirror: How to Live Up to the Responsibility for Your Organization’s Success

Purpose:
Delivers the message that growing the organization is everyone’s job. Provides tools and attitudes for people to begin to make innovation happen at any level — from new hire to CEO — immediately.

Description:
Successful organizations demand effective leadership and a focus on innovation to achieve their growth goals. Especially when working in a fast–paced global marketplace, a matrixed organization, an autonomous workgroup, an innovation team or, basically, when the numbers represent a critical challenge. This high–energy, activity–punctuated program provides leaders of all levels, types and functions with the skills and tools to work together more effectively to create new solutions. The participants work on interactive innovation challenges designed to provide insights about the strengths and weaknesses they bring to the organization and to help them define their leadership role within the company. Participants in this program return to work energized to lead and able to develop creative and innovative solutions with their teams.

Key Benefits:

  • Productive approaches to help grow value for the organization
  • Sharpened leadership, speaking and listening skills
  • Improved communication among group members
  • More effective leadership and “followership” for more effective collaboration in a hierarchy
  • Increased trust among group members
  • A new attitude toward accountability and responsibility
  • A common language and tools for attacking problems and creating opportunities

Breakthrough Thinking: Creativity and Innovation Tools for Your Brain

Purpose:
Teaches the tools and techniques needed to spark imagination, generate new ideas and break through the blocks to creativity and innovation. Results are immediate.

Description:
A motivational and interactive program designed to create an attitude shift in participants that promotes free–flowing creative idea generation and new ways of treating the innovative ideas of others. Audiences learn tools that will quickly cause creativity breakthroughs in individuals and organizations. Packed with useful information and inspiring stories of successful applications of innovation, the program is also considered “a lot of fun.” Groups are inspired to work together with a new focus on creative thinking, innovation and productivity.

Key Benefits:

  • Improved creative thinking and innovative results
  • Groups generate more innovative options and a wider range of alternatives
  • Enables participants to better evaluate and strengthen new ideas
  • Inspires a productive new attitude toward innovation leadership
  • Teaches tools and techniques for identifying the opportunities that problems often conceal
  • Enhances idea generation and evaluation by the group
  • Strenthens creative problem solving in all areas of work and life
  • Strengthens emotional intelligence
  • Is motivational and energizes more effective teambuilding
  • Provides creativity tools and techniques to generate breakthrough solutions on–demand
  • Is a great innovation initiative kick–off

Energizing Innovation Teams: How to Spark a Culture of Innovation

Purpose:
This keynote teaches innovation tools that can be used immediately for working together more creatively, productively and effectively. Also sends a message that the corporation is taking action to help groups work together to create more innovative results.

Description:
Everyone is creative. It’s part of the human condition. But harnessing the creativity in everyone and putting it to work productively in a group setting can require new ways of working together more effectively. This high–energy, activity–punctuated program provides team members with the skills and tools they need to work with others to improve their potential for innovation. Participants work on interactive challenges designed to help them see beyond barriers to innovation and the obstructions that can be caused by anyone. Team members leave this program energized, more creative, and more productive when working with others.

Key Benefits:

  • Knowledge of the personal blocks and barriers to innovation, and how to get past them
  • Improved communication among group members
  • More effective leadership and followership for better collaboration
  • More effective and productive meetings
  • Better working relationships
  • New attitudes about being able to innovate
  • Common tools and language with which teams can attack problems and create opportunities


Make Creativity & Innovation Happen


In this speech, Jonathan discusses ways to “make creativity and innovation happen” within any organization. “You must open your mind to new ideas,” he says. He explains that this concept is like a Rubik’s Cube, saying “It may sound simple, but it’s not easy.”

He goes on to explain ways to generate new, creative ideas. He tells the audience that they must “defer judgement, strive for quantity, seek wild and unusual ideas and combine and build on ideas.” He says that it’s OK to “make 30 mistakes, and when you make those 30 mistakes, you can make 30 more mistakes.” He continues by describing his steps to generating new ideas, beginning with identifying the problem.