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Creative Thinking and Innovation

This course is currently available as E-Learning, or a private instructor-led class scheduled to suit your availabilty. You can click here to inquire further or you ask us for recommendations on similar classes.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

Creative thinking and innovation are vital components in both our personal and professional lives. However, many people feel as though they are lacking in creativity. What most of us do not recognize is that we are creative on a daily basis, whether it’s picking out what clothes to wear in the morning or stretching a tight budget at work. While these tasks may not normally be associated with creativity, there is a great deal of creativity involved to get those jobs done.

While some people seem to be simply bursting with creativity, others find it a struggle to think outside the square. If you fall into the latter category, it is important to understand that boosting your creative and innovative abilities takes practice. Recognizing and honing your own creative potential is a process. That’s what this course is all about.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. What Is Creativity and Innovation?
  3. Creativity and Innovation: A Breakdown
  4. Know Your Creative Potential
  5. Individual Creativity
  6. Know Yourself
  7. Boost Your Creative Juices
  8. Get Creative
  9. Developing the Right Environment for Creativity
  10. What Does a Creative Environment Look Like?
  11. Build Your Creative Environment
  12. Creativity and Innovation in Business
  13. The Role of Creativity and Innovation in Business
  14. The Birth of the Four Seasons: A Case Study
  15. Where Does Creativity Fit Into the Problem-Solving Process?
  16. Problem-Solving Models
  17. Phase One
  18. Phase Two
  19. Phase Three
  20. Defining the Problem
  21. Problem Identification
  22. Eight Essentials to Defining a Problem
  23. Tie It All Together
  24. Using the Power of Eight
  25. Creative Techniques
  26. The RAP Model
  27. The Shoe Swap Technique
  28. Walk A Mile
  29. Using Mind Mapping
  30. Map It Out!
  31. Metaphors and Analogies
  32. Make a Metaphor
  33. Situation/Solution Reversal
  34. Reverse It to Solve It
  35. Bring on the Toys!
  36. Draw It Out!
  37. Encouraging Creativity In A Team
  38. Brainstorming
  39. Plan It Out!
  40. Rolestorming
  41. Act It Out!
  42. The Stepladder Technique
  43. Brainwriting
  44. The Slip Writing Technique
  45. Putting It All Together
  46. Nancy Clue and the Case of the Software Upgrade
  47. Create Ideas and Choose Your Solution
  48. Personal Action Plan
  49. Recommended Reading List
  50. Post-Course Assessment

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