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In Sparking Innovation and Creativity, participants will learn...

  • How to spark innovative thinking that results in new products, new processes and new services
  • Ways to find their creative side to come up with fresh ideas
  • To open their eyes to new possibilities and opportunities
  • How to be a catalyst for creativity in your organization

People who are able to step outside the boundaries of traditional thinking generate new ideas … solve nagging problems … make better decisions … get bottom-line results. With this idea-sparking training course, your employees will learn to overcome negative beliefs and thinking habits that stifle creativity and replace “old” thinking with new and powerful ways to unleash their creative potential.

After this training program, you’ll see these new and refined skills in action through innovative ideas that lower costs, streamline procedures and increase productivity among your employees.

Who will benefit from this training

Any employee within an organization

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    Where new ideas come from

    • What innovative thought is and the 3 keys to unlocking it
    • How to foster a creative and innovative workplace environment
    • The steps in the creative process that give ideas meaning
    • The 2 critical phases in the development of every idea and how thinking styles play a part
    • The characteristics of innovative thinkers
    • The “Triple H” model of innovation: 3 ingredients necessary for seeing every new idea through, from conception to implementation

    How thinking habits inhibit effectiveness and affect results

    • Natural thinking styles and how they affect overall effectiveness and success
    • A tool for assessing current “creative-thinking quotient”
    • How to focus on the right problem
    • Traditional approaches to problem solving that signal trouble—and how to avoid them
    • The 8 steps to effective problem solving embraced by America’s most innovative and successful companies
    • An overview of decision-making styles

    Overcoming negativity and other obstacles to an open mind

    • Understanding how perception of a problem or situation influences thinking
    • How to see problems as opportunities
    • How to make emotions—both positive and negative—work to achieve successful results
    • How to turn “I can’t” messages into action-producing “I can” statements
    • How to overcome mental blocks, self-defeating habits and other barriers that stifle innovation

    Techniques for generating new ideas, solving problems and making decisions

    • Mind mapping, clustering and other techniques for uncovering relationships and making associations
    • Brainstorming alone or with others to encourage free thinking and idea generation
    • How to develop a “What if?” perspective to change or improve entrenched organizational practices and other “sacred cows”
    • Flexing your creative muscle: Proven exercises for pumping up the brain and breaking through thinking gridlocks
    • Innovative exercises and techniques that will jolt habitual ways of thinking
    • Techniques for stimulating innovative thinking in a group setting
    • How to storyboard to solve complex problems
    • How to use lateral thinking to become receptive to new ways of exploring ideas
    • How to develop concentration skills to focus on the “creativity clues”
    • The role your senses play in shaping perceptions and thinking
    • Specific techniques and strategies the world’s most innovative companies use to brainstorm for new products and product improvements

    Keeping ideas focused and on target

    • How to stay focused and direct your creative efforts
    • Three models of strategic thinking—and how to decide which one to use for a particular problem-solving or decision-making situation
    • 3 steps for making the best decision when faced with several alternatives
    • How to use PMI thinking to judge the merit of an idea
    • A simple tool for focusing energy and evaluating which problem needs immediate attention

    Putting ideas into action—with successful results

    • A straightforward plan for moving ideas from the thinking stage to successful reality
    • Non-traditional tools for accurately predicting results
    • How to perform a “success analysis” and other techniques for weighing the risk involved in implementing a new idea
    • How to ask for and use feedback to fine-tune ideas
    • How to be a catalyst for innovation in the workplace and teach others to think creatively
    • How to overcome resistance to change when selling ideas to others
    • How to win allies, resolve conflicts and build a consensus for implementing ideas