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The other night I made up a plate of fruits, cheeses, and crackers, grabbed a glass of wine and plugged in a classic favorite movie – My Fair Lady.
For those of you not familiar with Audrey Hepburn’s outstanding performance in this Academy award winning 1964 musical, the basic story is a rags to riches one. Phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, makes a bet with another chap that he can convert a common girl selling flowers on a street corner in London to a presentable lady within just six months.
Set in Edwardian times, Eliza Doolittle is forced to overcome language deficiencies from “gutter” slang to refined upper-crust English. To benefit the love story, she is also transformed from a dirty, messy girl to an incredibly beautiful and enchanting woman. She successfully convinces attendees at a party for the king that is a Hungarian princess!
The message of this wonderful movie is that learning to speak properly can open doors to new experiences. Eliza Doolittle learned proper English, cavorted with royalty, and got her guy!
Learning to speak properly is important in the business world, too. New Product Development Professional (NPDP) Certification is one way in which you can demonstrate mastery of a common set of terms and tools used to advance innovation. The NPDP Certification follows a common framework utilized across a wide swath of industries, from consumer goods, food and beverage, medical devices, chemicals and materials, drilling, and refining.
Mastery of the English language resulted in an upgraded wardrobe for Eliza – fantastically exotic dresses worn to magnificent balls. Mastery of the NPD concepts can likewise result in an upgraded career outlook for you – promotions, salary increases, and recognition in the business world.
NPDP Certification focuses on six key areas:
- Innovation Strategy
- Product Portfolio Management
- NPD Processes
- Tools and Metrics
- Market Research
- Teams and Organization
Training sessions for NPDP best practices typically last from a half day to the equivalent of a master’s degree program covering several weeks. Stay tuned at the Idea Incubator to learn about our upcoming self-paced NPDP Certification training course! Our current schedule for on-line, facilitated courses is available for 2012, with courses offered monthly.
Many people have benefited directly from NPDP Certification – you can too!
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