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Innovate in order to advance in your organization, the industry

The final keynote of the 2014 IHRSA Institute was Prof. Christopher Bingham’s Entrepreneurship Session on innovation. He stressed the importance of innovation in the health and fitness industry as a way to succeed and not become passé. 

Areas covered in “Capturing New Opportunities for Growth and Profitability” included why innovation is so important and how innovation can add new members, help make fitness a lifestyle, keep staff motivated, and how to deal with competition by using innovation.

Innovation can be simplified in four areas of what he called the Congruence Model – structure, culture, people and tasks – and when done correctly they work together and off the other.

Read on for Bingham's breakdown of his Congruence Model and innovation.

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Professors add to cachet of IHRSA Institute faculty

We tout the IHRSA Institute as “graduate-level education” because of the top-notch instruction, relevant networking and team building events, and a streamlined format. It’s where up-and-comers and those hoping to move up in the health and fitness industry come to learn. 

So it stands to reason that there will be the look and feel of going to college.

Being held at the lush, green University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in a prototypical college town, the look is definitely there. The Institute faculty will also feature two UNC professors – in addition to the strong health and fitness industry leaders speaking – who will instill their knowledge and expertise to the close to 100 attendees, giving it an even more college feel.

The Institute runs Tuesday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 8, at the Rizzo Conference Center at the Kenan-Flagler Business School on the UNC campus.

For more on the professors, and their keynotes, read on.

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