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Creative Thinking Made Easy

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Description

The move from the old economy to the new knowledge based economy places a premium on adding value through knowledge, skill and above all else, creativity. This workshop allows participants to understand the growing need for creativity in organisations and how such creativity may be fostered and developed in themselves and their staff. At the same time it will help equip participants with the ability to recognise, appreciate and manage the creativity of staff within their own departments and to help change organisational culture in order to foster creativity in the workplace.

Objectives

  • To recognize why creative thinking is essential for success in the workplace
  • To define and recognize the various elements of creative thinking
  • To identify the mental blocks that effect creative thinking and describe skills to challenge them
  • To enable participants to both understand and use various techniques in order to improve their own creative processes
  • To develop the skill to challenge self-imposed assumptions and to develop “out-of-the-box” thinking styles
  • To use various creative thinking techniques to assist in a more creative approach to problem solving within the workplace.

Outline

The need for a new creative thinking mindset

  • Paradigm Shifts
  • The Changing Environment
  • The New Economy
  • The Decline of Manufacturing and the Rise of the Knowledge Economy
  • The Need to Add Value through Other Means
  • Problem Solving and Creativity

Creative Thinking

  • What is Creativity?
  • Creativity and Management
  • The Six Phases of Creative Thinking

Mental Blocks that Affect Creativity

  • Negative Attitude
  • Fear of Failure
  • Executive Stress
  • Following Rules
  • Assumptions
  • Over-Reliance on Logic
  • Believing You are not Creative

Creativity Blockbusters

  • Attitude Adjustment
  • Risk-Taking Techniques
  • Stress Safety Valves
  • Breaking the Rules
  • Checking Assumptions
  • Your “Internal” Creative Climate
  • Creative Beliefs

Process of Generating Creative Ideas

  • Vertical Thinking and Lateral Thinking
  • Convergence, Divergence and Evaluative Thinking
  • Creativity versus Innovation
  • Generate Lots of Possibilities
  • The One Minute Idea Generator
  • SCAMPER Technique
  • Problem Reversal
  • Six Thinking Hats
  • Excursions
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind Mapping

Procedures for Creative Problem Solving

  • Split Brain Theory
  • Metaphorical Thinking
  • Analogies
  • Framing and Reframing
  • Redefining the Problem
  • Random Word Association
  • Lotus Blossom Idea Generation
  • Evaluation of Ideas Generated

The Environment for Creative Problem Solving

  • The Need to Modify the Basic Problem Solving Process
  • Creating the Right Environment
  • Personal Work Relationships
  • Behaviours to Encourage
  • Management Responses-Idea Killers or Idea Growers
  • The Encouraging Manager
  • Characteristics of a Creative Environment – How does Yours Compare?
  • Strategies for Creativity

Develop your Own Personal Action Plan

  • How to become an Encouraging Manager
  • How to Develop Personal Work Relationships
  • Recognise your Personal Need for Creative Involvement
  • Create Your Own Personal Action Plan

Who should attend

Anyone who is interested to improve on their critical reasoning and thinking skills

Experts

John Teo has more than 25 years of working experience in senior management and more than a decade of training, management development and facilitation experience. John is the President of International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore Chapter) and he frequently uses magic in his workshops pre...
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