Creative Thinking and Innovation Techniques - Virtual Learning

Course Objectives

Creative Thinking and Innovation Techniques - Virtual Learning

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess their potential for creativity and innovation
  • Apply creative thinking skills and methods in work related or personal situations
  • Practice thinking in non-conventional ways by thinking out of the box, using mind mapping, picture associations and other methods
  • Employ a variety of creative thinking strategies in the workplace
  • Create a pleasant work environment conducive to creativity for self and others

Target Audience

Supervisors, managers, team and project leaders, and all individuals who need to adopt a more creative approach in life or at work, whether to solve problems, come up with new initiatives, initiate and introduce changes, or deal with personal or organizational issues in non-conventional ways. The course will also benefit anyone interested in recognizing and developing their own or a group's creative potential.

Target Competencies

  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Freedom from prejudice
  • Persistence
  • Versatility
  • Problem and situation analysis

Course Outline

  • Definition of creativity
    • Introduction: creativity and civilization
    • Defining invention, innovation and creativity
    • Intelligence versus creativity
    • Some theories of creativity
    • Creative people in action
    • Understanding the 2 hemispheres of the brain
    • Right and left
    • Lateral thinking
    • Lateral thinking in action
    • Applications of lateral thinking
  • Creativity as a business tool
    • The creative thinker
    • Constraints in the workplace
    • The creative manager
    • Three parts of creativity
      • Motivation
      • Domain expertise
      • Creative ability
    • Innovation and organizational culture
    • The creative attitude
    • The creative methods
    • Ways of overcoming barriers
    • Tips for the workplace:
      • Developing a culture of creativity
      • Exploring problem areas
      • Generating ideas
      • Evaluating ideas
    • Critical thinking
      • Critical thinking skills versus creative thinking
      • Ancient Greece
  • Exploring the idea generation process
    • The Brainstorming Technique
    • The six thinking hats
    • De Bono’s four thinking styles
  • Creative thinking strategies
    • Creativity tools
    • Scamper technique
    • Synectics technique
    • Picture associations and biotechniques
    • Mind mapping
    • TRIZ
    • Decision making
      • Anatomy of a problem
      • Barriers to decision making
      • Steps in creative problem solving
  • The power of opposite thinking
    • Creative rule of thumb: the interplay of opposites
    • Asking 'what if'
    • Using opposite thinking

Per participant

USD 2,250

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