Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

by on January 6, 2015
Posted in Management

While we are all familiar with examples of innovation and the effects that they have on modern society, notably the personal computer, the internet, bioengineering, globalization, and other advanced technologies, most organizations and individuals are still trying to discover the key to such spectacular results.  Innovation results from a combination of creativity and risk-taking, a concept that can be applied to individuals, teams and whole organizations.  In this workshop, we examine the concept from both individual and group perspectives, and provide opportunity for the development of action plans.

Who Should Attend

Managers and Supervisors.

Workshop Topics

Module 1: A Practical Framework for Innovation and Creativity in Business

  • The Value of Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace
  • Innovation Matrix
  • Understanding the Creative Process and Mind-Set
  • What Distinguishes Creative People?
  • Examining Personal Style and Your Contribution
  • The Eight Talents
  • Reflection: Breakthrough Creativity Profile
  • The Three B’s: Blinders, Blocks and Barriers
  • Developing Your Creativity


Module 2: Nurturing New Ideas and Solutions

  • Creativity in the “Real” World
  • Setting the Stage for Creative Thinking: Three Paradoxes
  • Techniques for Generating Ideas and Solutions
  • Recognizing Opportunities
  • Creativity and Problem Solving
  • The List and Twist Checklist
  • Weighing In: Selecting Options


Module 3: Cultivating a Climate of Innovation

  • Key Elements of the Innovation-Driven Environment
  • Building High Octane Teams
  • Intelligent Risk Taking


Module 4: Putting It in Play: Implementing Innovations

  • Getting Your Ideas Accepted
  • Putting Forth Your Proposal
  • Planning for Successful Implementation
  • Aligning Your Efforts with the Organization
  • Organizational Change and Growth
  • Coming Full Circle: Continuing to Develop
  • Staying Motivated



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