Innovation, Creativity and Design

Many people believe innovation just happens or can only be achieved by a creative genius like Steve Jobs.  We disagree and we teach processes and techniques that can be used systemically to harness Creativity, drive Innovation and Design feasible and transformative solutions.


  • Essential Creativity for High Performance Teams
    • Essential Creativity for High Performance Teams

      Course Number: 121-BB
      Recommended Duration: 1 Day

      Intended Audience: Individuals or teams who want to understand how to harness the power of innovation and creativity in solving business issues.

      Course Overview

      This course is designed to challenge participants to look at fresh ways of analyzing issues and developing solutions using the power of creativity. This will be achieved by short inputs and discussions followed by practical exercises to demonstrate the principles. Some exercises will involve work related topics relevant to all participants but the majority will be non-work based and fun.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course, you will:
      • Understand the use of creativity in problem solving
      • Learn how to release and capture creative ideas
      • Learn creativity tools and techniques
      Prerequisites: None

      Topics

      • Creativity and problem solving
      • What is creativity - how can we use it in problem solving
      • Creativity tools and technique
      • Looking at problems in different ways
      • Creativity tools
      • Applying creativity tools to solving real problems
      • Challenging our approach to real issues - how can we apply this at work
      • What can we do differently when we return to work

      Share with others

  • Creating a POP! Culture - Applying the Positive Outlook Principle to Achieve
    • Creating a POP! Culture - Applying the Positive Outlook Principle to Achieve

      Course Number: 007-RT
      Recommended Duration: ½ Day

      Intended Audience: All Employees

      Course Overview

      Using practical exercise and fun activities such as improvisational comedy exercises this workshop teaches participants how to create an innovative culture within their team, group, department, or organization.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course, each participant will have the tools and a roadmap to develop an innovative work environment back on the job.

      Prerequisites: None

      Topics

      • The “normal world” vs. the “crazy world”
      • The power of the word “yes”
      • The power of the word “no”
      • Improvisational comedy techniques and the power of “yes and …”
      • Idea generation
      • Listening skills – the key to innovation
      • Introduction to the NEWIDEA™ process – s simple roadmap for innovation
      • Wrap up and next steps

      Share with others

  • Creative Spaces: Fostering Innovative Thinking at Work
    • Creative Spaces: Fostering Innovative Thinking at Work

      Course Number: 018-JF
      Recommended Duration: 2 Days

      Intended Audience: All Employees

      Course Overview

      This course explores the design and implementation of the creative workplace … a place where all team members are encouraged and expected to explore possibilities, think beyond established boundaries, take measured risks, and discover new pathways for individual, team and organizational success. This course begins the process of putting a cutting edge on the capacity for practicing, applying, and leading creativity and innovative thinking in the workplace.

      Objectives/Topics

      As a result of taking this course, you will learn to:
      • Explore the essential nature of creativity to organizational and personal success
      • Identify the individual and organizational barriers to creativity and discover ways to overcome them
      • Understand and practice strategies and techniques for sharpening creative thinking
      • Understand the process and discipline of innovation
      • Discover approaches for developing a creative thinking attitude and nurturing an innovative environment
      • Explore innovation case studies and identify innovation benchmarks and best practices
      • Apply creativity and innovative thinking to real life organizational challenges
      • Develop an action plan for promoting and fostering a more innovative workplace
      Prerequisites: None

      Share with others

  • Cutting Edge Creativity
    • Cutting Edge Creativity

      Course Number: 073-KM
      Recommended Duration: 1 Day

      Intended Audience: All employees

      Course Overview

      Creative thinking is one of our most powerful tools for managing the challenges we face every day. Stuck as to how to move forward on a project? Wondering how you’re possibly going to meet all the deadlines bearing down on you? Creative thinking is your formula for overcoming these challenging situations. This fun and engaging session explores the practical application of creativity – how we can tap into the power of creative thinking in order to boost productivity and performance.

      Objectives/Topics

      As a result of taking this course, you will learn to:
      • Gain insight into your own creative abilities
      • Recognize and break the mental chains that lock out creative thinking
      • Develop a toolbox of practical techniques for enhancing creativity
      • Apply creative thinking tools and techniques to situations from your real life
      Prerequisites: None

      Share with others

  • Design Thinking Bootcamp
    • Design Thinking Bootcamp

      Course Number: CA
      Recommended Duration: Ideal time frame is 3 days. Shortened versions of the course can be delivered in ½ day and 1 full day.

      Intended Audience:

      Employees needing to develop innovative solutions to their business problems.

      Course Overview

      Inspired by the d.school at the Institute of Design at Stanford, our Design Thinking workshops will transform how you develop your products, services, processes and even strategies.

      Design thinking is a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that emphasizes learning by doing. Participants in our workshops will collaborate in teams to complete a challenge using Design Thinking tools and strategies.

      We offer a facilitated, hands-on approach that addresses a pre-determined design challenge that will help you learn and practice the five concepts of Design Thinking – Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. And you’ll have some fun while you do it!

      Types of challenges that participants typically tackle focus on breakthrough innovation rather than incremental improvements. These problems include:
      • New product development
      • New service delivery
      • New/Improved customer experiences
      • New processes

      Objectives/Topics

      As a result of taking this course, you will learn to:
      • Build increased confidence in each participant’s ability to think and act creatively
      • Provide participants with a high-impact developmental program that immerses them in “learning by doing”
      • Provide tools for creating new products, services, business strategies, and customer experiences
      • Engage participants in a new way of interacting with internal and external customers to discern their wants and needs
      Prerequisites: None

      Share with others


Please click here to return to the Professional Development page.