Creative Thinking and Innovation Techniques

Creativity is recognized as a key success driver for organizations and individuals. While some consider it an innate talent that one may or may not have, the modern prevalent thinking is that it is a skill which, given the right nurturing environment, can be developed and harnessed by anyone in any organization.

In this course we examine the conditions necessary to build such an environment. Through the use of examples from the worlds of business, art and science and with the practical application of tools such as brainstorming, mind mapping and others, we give participants the instruments they need to transform their life, their environment and their workplace.

Awarding Body

London Institute of
Business & Technology

Duration

5 Days
25 Hours

Start Date

All Year Around

Study Mode

Classroom OR
Distance Learning

By the end of this programme, the participant 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
  • 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
      • Brainstorming
      • The six thinking hats
      • De Bono’s four thinking styles
  • Creative thinking strategies
    • Creativity tools
    • Scamper
    • Synectics
    • 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

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.

5-day training programme – 1,790 USD

How many students are there in a classroom?

It depends on how many would enroll per intake. Even if the number of students are just 1, we still continue with the training as planned. The maximum number of students we will have in a classroom is 10.

Can I request a date that is convenient for me?

Absolutely! We will arrange the training that is convenient for you. The training date is completely customizable.

Can I change the course content?

Yes, if the contents of the course needs to be changed, please let us know. We will communicate with you and get a course outline that works for you finalized.

Does it matter which industry I work at?

It really doesn’t. We take cases and discuss them to cover your industry. If you need the course to be customized and tailored to your industry, we can also do that. You’d have to let us know in advance by filling out the form below.

(The fees include coffee breaks, study materials and working lunches daily)

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