An Invigorating and Non-Conventional One Day Creative-Thinking Skills Training Program Designed to...

 

  • Strengthen a wide and robust range of cognitive and affective creative-thinking skills
  • Jumpstart individuals and intact teams to develop novel and feasible solutions against their business priorities
  • Apply rich tool-set of creative-thinking skills, process, and tools
  • Identify and break habits, patterns, and traditions that stop creative-thinking in its’ tracks
  • Foster a highly collaborative environment to stimulate fresh and novel thinking

Audience:
The program is designed for individuals and teams who have a time-pressed need to improve their creative-thinking, problem-solving, and facilitation skills.

Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of the program, participants will...

 

  • Learn and apply a researched based, practical, and repeatable creative-thinking process
  • Use a rich array of creative thinking skills, process, tools, and exercises that increase the quantity and quality of innovative ideas     and solutions
  • Strengthen, develop, and select innovative solutions and actions plans for real business opportunities
  • Identify the factors that affect creativity in teams, and design methods and techniques to foster collaboration, creativity, and     synergy
  • Identify the barriers to individual creativity, and develop barrier busting practices to overcome them
  • Rediscover a spirit of creativity, innovation, and risk taking through unconventional activities, learning exercises and experiences

Experience Description:
The program goes beyond traditional creative-thinking and problem-solving skills training. It is hands on and chock full of relevant and practical content, creative-thinking and problem-solving skills, process, exercises, and tools. This dynamic approach enables participants to encounter immediate learning, and to apply their learning and develop innovative solutions to their real world challenges, opportunities, problems, and projects. The program is designed to produce a highly innovative learning environment so that participants can think and behave in a fresh, creative, and highly productive manner. The following is the full program agenda.

 

Timing Content Methods
10 min. 1. Introduction & Immersion:
  • Sponsor and facilitator discuss the following:
    • Purpose of the program – what's the urgency?
    • Timing of the program – why now?
    • Outcomes – what will be expected going forward?
    • Learning map – what is the process for the day?

  • Discussion
1 hr. 2. Conditions for a Creative Climate & the Creative-Thinking Process:
  • Facilitator discusses the factors that affect individual creativity, and creativity in teams
  • Participants take a “magic carpet ride” creative thinking exercise and are called upon to think quickly to solve a difficult problem
  • Facilitator debriefs the creative-thinking exercise
  • Facilitator introduces the creative-thinking process and divergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the creative-thinking tools to their opportunities/problems
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Discussion
  • Learning
  • Exercise
  • Instruction
  • Application
20 min. 3. Take a Creative-Thinking Incubation Break  
1 hr. 4. Creative-Thinking Process: Climb the Right Mountain
  • Participants ask divergent and convergent questions to improve their questioning and discovery skills; facilitator debriefs the creative-thinking exercise
  • Facilitator introduces Climb the Right Mountain and divergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the divergent creative-thinking tools to their challenges and goals
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Exercise
  • Instruction
  • Application
  • Discussion
3/4 hr. 5. Creative-Thinking Process: Storm the Brains
  • Facilitator introduces Storm the Brains and divergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the divergent creative-thinking tools to their opportunities/problems
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Instruction
  • Application
  • Discussion
1/2 hr. 6. Refuel the Creative Brain and Eat Lunch  
1 1/4 hr. 7. Creative-Thinking Process: Storm the Brains (cont.)
  • Participants get innovative, go "out of the box" and combine stuff to develop a new product or service
  • Facilitator debriefs the creative-thinking exercise
  • Facilitator introduces additional divergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the tools to their opportunities/problems
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Instruction
  • Application
1/4 hr. 8. Take a Creative-Thinking Incubation Break  
1 hr. 9. Creative-Thinking Process: Strengthen & Select the Best
  • Facilitator introduces Strengthen & Select the Best and convergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the tools to their concepts/ideas/solutions
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Instruction
  • Application
  • Discussion
3/4 hr. 10. Creative-Thinking Process: Ignite Your Engines
  • Facilitator introduces Ignite Your Engines and additional convergent creative-thinking tools
  • Participants apply the tools to their concepts/solutions
  • Facilitator leads a debrief and transfer of learning points

  • Instruction
  • Application
  • Discussion
10 min. 11. Take a Quick Creative-Thinking Incubation Break  
1/4 hr. 12. Celebration & Closing
  • Participants apply their creative-thinking and problem-solving skills in the "juggernaut" learning exercise
  • Participants action plan and publicly commit to integrating their prioritized creative- thinking and problem-solving skills back on the job
  • Sponsor and facilitator close the program in an innovative fashion

  • Creative-Thinking Exercise
  • Planning
  • Remarks