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Ambidextrous Future-Ready Leadership Collaborator Canvas:  Coach team tensions more effectively.

Identifying innovation strengths & gaps, and explore 'Ambidextrous Future-Ready Leadership'. Great for coaches wanting to gather a small team together to share Innovation Climate Leadership Inventory (iCLi) profile results. This will help balance a team when innovating, & ensure that any team tension is used to move towards sustainable innovation. Makes use of profiling, diagnostic tools, mapping, action planning and goal setting.  

This session focuses on the iCLi assessment and uses an online fully interactive coaching canvas. It is designed for a coach to use with a team to provide feedback on innovative leadership capabilities, gaps and development opportunities. An ideal way to explore the concepts of Ambidextrous Leadership, this session can assist with addressing the tensions facing teams that need to innovate and face change. This is a great way to debrief the Innovation Climate Leadership Inventory (iCLi) profile results and utilizing the strengths of a diverse team.    

Leaders that select this program want to engage a team to explore how leaders can identify & make sense of the paradoxical tension in leadership teams, The coach will use the team tension to gravitate a team forwards being constructive, rather than allowing the team to ripping themselves apart. The session charts a path to help leaders identify & assess their own and the team’s readiness for innovation, ensuring long terms sustainable innovation. 

This Collaborator Canvas can also be printed. (Large A0 flipcharts)



  1. Coaches who have completed the Ambidextrous Future-Ready Leadership - Coaching Accreditation course & certification for using the Innovation Change Leadership Inventory (iCLi),  can use this team canvas for small work teams.
  2. Leaders and their teams who want to explore their iCLi profiles using a virtual setting. (recommend to take the accreditation course to gain a full understanding on how the tools work)
  3. Leaders who have participated in the full  INNOVATE professionally facilitated sessions and would like to use the iCLi profiling and canvas for their teams.


The iCLi & iCi measures will help individuals and organisations to identify strengths in innovative thinking and future readiness, along with potential areas for development. Our research has revealed that the best innovators are able to work in both:

- ‘EXPLORATION’ mode (having the ability to think broadly and make diverse connections for ideation) AND

- ‘PRESERVATION’ mode (solution focused thinking for implementable innovation outcomes).

These profiling tools identify four key ‘paradoxical pairings’ that have been proven to assist with innovation in these two modes. It is through effectively balancing both polar positions of the paradox at each stage of the innovation process that individuals will have the most success.


The iCLi measure enables you to see where you are currently positioned between these two poles. You will be able to easily see if they have balance on both sides, or if you have developed a strength on one side at the expense of the other. You will be able to identify whether you are more likely to be able to innovate through connections and collaboration with people (people focus), or through task competencies (task focus). You will be able to identify the challenges of operating at the extremes (with the potential for burnout) and where there are shortcomings (the potential for ineffectiveness).


The session is designed to reveal how to build a culture that supports purposeful and sustainable innovation and growth. Dr Gaia Grant’s latest research reveals how understanding ‘Paradoxical Innovation Orientations’ (PIOs) and applying the ‘Polar Positioning Tool’ (PoP) at the individual, team and organisation levels can assist with fuelling innovation and sustainable growth. In this program participants learn how to manage the dynamic tension between the principles of exploration, for breakthrough new innovation ideas, and preservation, for incremental continuous improvement. They learn how to lead teams to ensure they are propelled forward rather than ripped apart by the creative tension. Through this process participants come to appreciate the importance of becoming ambidextrous, agile and aligned future-ready leaders.

Drawing from her research with thousands of survey responses, multiple interviews with global executives and deep dive case study immersions - along with fascinating case studies from her consulting work with organisations over 30 years - these sessions reveal how leaders can foster sustainable development.


  • How to move forward to embrace change, and how a leader can manage this tension using the paradox theory of understanding ‘exploration’ and ‘preservation’ biases.
  • How to use innovation tensions successfully to become future ready, rather than have the tensions of ‘change’ tear a team / organisation apart.
  • Your own bias towards innovation through the validated ‘Innovation Change Leader’ (iCLi) profile measure, and identify if you are ready to be an innovative leader
  • Identify how to lead and manage innovation through successfully navigating the 4 key innovation paradoxes.
  • Understand the ‘Paradoxical Innovation Leadership Orientations’ (PILOs) and how they can assist with strategic alignment and enable leadership ambidexterity
  • Consider your individual strengths and challenges.
  • Learn about perceptions others have of you.
  • Identify gaps in perceptions between self-perceptions and perceptions from others.
  • Develop strategies for self-improvement.
  • Formulate personal action plans based on feedback.


Complete the iCLi profile

The Platform

The team leader/coach will enrol in this online course in order to get access to an ONLINE Core Elements Collaborative Team Coaching Canvas. (Ambidextrous Leadership Coaching Canvas)  

The actual coaching canvas session takes place on a Miroboard. This course is to set the leader up to run the session (and to make payment). The coaching canvas comes complete with instructions, videos & steps, for the leader to run the core elements of the program independently.

This coaching canvas is not content-heavy. It's a tool/canvas to be used for discussion and strategic planning.  For coaches wanting to dive deep into the content, we recommend becoming trained and accredited. This can be achieved by enrolling in the course called:

- Ambidextrous Future-Ready Leadership - COACHING ACCREDITATION course. Includes certification for using the Innovation Change Leadership Inventory (iCLi)

Digital Delivery Options

There are several delivery options to choose from:

The digital program comes with the  digital Miro-board and online exercises. The session can be self-led by an independent leader OR coach. This can also be complemented with more content from a professional facilitator and other online resources. The digital board is complete with instructions and videos to allow teams to independently self-guide through the session.

Self-led teams (option #2) have the option to also upload their boards and assessments to receive professional Analysis /Feedback /Coaching and help to identify innovation leadership capabilities. (extra fees apply)

Dive deep with an expert professional facilitator

Book an accredited facilitator to walk you / your team(s) through the full program in a virtual or face to face workshop setting. This allows for an extended comprehensive debrief, to reach more customized outcomes and develop action plans.

HOW? contact Tirian to book a workshop.
(consider becoming a licenced partner or accredited facilitator)

Collaborate in independent self-led teams

If you are on this course page, then you have landed on Option-2.

Click the BUY button at the very top of this page. The above fee is only paid once by the team leader and covers everyone on the team. Whilst the leader & team can revisit the board at any time, the fee is for a single use per board for one team. Running the session for different teams, require extra boards purchases.

Purchase the digital Miroboard as an independent team, and use the format to discuss the topic in teams, using the online video & written instructions. Suited to Leaders and teams that want to self-diagnose the current personal, team and organisation culture that and tension that innovation and change brings.
a) Only the team leader needs to purchase this course online.  
b) The team leader follows the course flow,  logistics info & instructions to coordinate with their team.
c) We will send a unique ULR to the actual digital Miroboard. 
d) The team leader then invites the rest of their team (max 7) by way of the unique URL (browser-based) to join the  digital Miroboard.


Multiple tools to enable a deeper more enriched experience.

In addition, to the Collaborator Canvas (this course), there are other Action Board and Gamified simulation tools such as The Innovation Action Boards, Team Coaching boards and The Innovation Racing Line, that can be used to achieve innovative leadership change. These tools can be delivered virtually/coaching session or face to face, AND as an extension for leaders to explore the concepts in more detail with their teams. The online canvas comes complete with instructions, videos, and steps, for any leader to run independently OR engage a professional facilitator to run as part of a complete (content-rich) workshop.

Coaches can purchase and then use these additional tools to work with individuals and small teams.

Most of the tools in this INNOVATION suite require some understanding of the key models used such as the: Innovative Change Leader Inventory (iCLI) and the Dynamic Polar Positioning Tool (DPoP) 

Diagnose faster. Collaborate better. Independent leaders and teams can now diagnose issues faster and collaborate better. These Core Elements courses are based on unique self-led Collaborator Canvases and Gamified Simulations. These resources are designed to create safe spaces for teams to discuss challenges and identify effective solution strategies to ensure tension drives sustainable innovation.


1) Ambidextrous Leadership Collaborative Team Coaching Canvas: A coaching canvas that can be used to identify areas of tension and opportunities within a team. 

2) iCLi (Innovation Change Leader Inventory) Assessment (Individual, team, and Organisation, +360)

3) Innovation Action Board: Designed to capture all the learnings, data and action plans used by a full (large) team at the end of a workshop session.

4) The Innovation Racing Line: Strategic Planning Canvas: Uses the uniquely developed Dynamic Polar Positioning tool (DPoP) to ensure leaders and teams can build the best strategy through planning the most effective route. Teams learn how to map out a sustainable path, breaking the strategy down into distinct sections (including anticipating the challenging curves), and identifying the best ‘racing line’ and crew to navigate the chosen path successfully.  

5) The Innovation Race: Destinations Simulation & Culture Mapping – Collaborators Canvas
 An immersive simulation (full licensed workshop) designed to help teams explore the organization’s strategic positioning. Using the Dynamic Polar Positioning (DPoP) model, this simulation identifies current and desired states to look at the big picture and map the organization’s capabilities and gaps. The end output is to establish a strategic sustainable innovative path with implementable action plans. 


More info about the Innovation ToolKits can be found at


Additional add ons and resources

This current course is for an individual, coach, leader with their small team (or one on one) to explore via a coaching model the implications of the iCLi assessment and future-ready leadership. 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS (can be purchased) 

  • Team leadership graph
  • Team leadership report

The iCLi 360 version: By identifying both individual self-perceptions and team perceptions of individual perspectives, the 360 report enables greater insight into individual strengths and challenges, and enables more targeted opportunities for development. By demonstrating how it is possible to build on strengths and address potential challenge areas, the 3\iCLi360 tool provides an invaluable tool for ongoing success.

Analysis /Feedback /Coaching Options

  • $980.00

    $980.00FUTURE-READY LEADERSHIP (IR5) . . TTT >> for Coaches

    We recommend coaches first take this Coaching Accreditation course to learn in-depth about the iCLi profiling assessment.
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  • $500.00

    $500.00Analysis, Feedback & Coaching (AFC)

    Self-led teams have the option to upload their canvas / board / assessments to receive professional Analysis /Feedback /Coaching. Help to identify readiness & capabilities.
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Designers & Research Team

Andrew Grant (BEd, Dip Tch)

Executive Director Tirian

Co-author “Who Killed Creativity” & “The Innovation Race”

Gaia Grant  (PhD, MSc, Grad Dip Change Leadership, BD (hons), BA, Dip Ed.)

Executive Director Tirian, Author, Doctoral Researcher & Lecturer
Associate Adjunct Faculty Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | University of Sydney B
usiness School. 
Co-author “Who Killed Creativity” & “The Innovation Race” & Director of Tirian 

To see our full list of accredited coaches please visit


  • How do people purchase the IR-Canvas /Board?

    ANSWER: The ‘miro’ board /canvas, is accessed through our Learning Management System and forms the CORE ELEMENTS program part of a larger INNOVATE suite. By purchasing and enrolling in the CORE Elements course module, OR TEAM COURSE, (or the bundle pack), this will allow the leader to receive a URL link to their own board and then share it with their team. To receive the board canvas URL, enrol and we should be notified. You can start on the Pre-Course immediately, however for the board link, please allow a 2-3 working days.

  • What is the best team size per 'canvas / board?

    ANSWER: There are up to 7 places on the board. This course is designed for a very small close team. (team coaching). The board is for reflection, discussion & feedback. It is not designed for teaching. Any larger will require the engagement of a full workshop.

  • I have more than 1 team, and more than 8 people.

    ANSWER: You can automatically buy and start running the session immediately for you as a leader and your 1 team (max 8). If you want to purchase more than one canvas /board or repeat for future sessions, contact us (TIRIAN) and we can arrange codes and an invoice. Noting that this canvas board is for team coaching only. Anything larger should fall under the engagement of a complete workshop.

  • Do i need to have completed (purchased) the iCLi assesment prior to this session?

    Yes. The iCLi assessment is not included in this package price. This is because some will purchase the iCLi assessment and not this board, or may choose to use this course / board at a later stage.

  • Can an individual use the 'canvas /board?

    ANSWER: Not really! The board can be used by individuals but its designed for a small team. Individuals can walk through the board ideas and concepts independently, with the recommended option to combine the experience with the other learning modules as part of the full bundle self-paced online courses. (Pre-course, Learning Journey, and the book).

  • Is there any more?

    YES: we have a full integrated course (including PRE and POST learning, with ADVANCED ASSIGNMENT and ACCREDITATION options. ... ... There is also the opportunity to buy LICENCING and train the trainer for large scale roll-outs and/or independent training companies. .... This progam is also part of a larger Suite. ... ... After completing this course, you can go onto be engaged with more Suites in this topic.


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