Innovation, Creativity, and Breakthrough Thinking – Was Bob Lewis

Essential Skills for Today's "More-with-Less" Environment

Class Summary

(based on last 3 sessions)

Now more than ever, individuals and organizations must rely on innovation skills to survive and thrive. In this one-day program, you’ll learn powerful tools and techniques used by top creativity experts everywhere for dealing with the challenges of today’s “more-with-less” environment.

PRO495 6.0 0.50 0.53
One 8-hour session

Anyone interested in increasing individual or team innovation skills.

  • Creative ideas and innovative solutions.
  • Breakthrough thinking and “out-of-the-box” approaches.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by innovative thinking and why it is a critical competency in today’s workplace.
  • Identify creative behaviors.
  • Distinguish between logical and creative thinking.
  • List common barriers to innovation and methods for overcoming each.
  • Outline the innovation process and tools to use at each step.
  • Apply powerful innovation tools and techniques.
  • Help establish a culture of creativity and innovation in your workgroup or organization.
  • Introduction to Innovation
    • Creative Behaviors
    • Left brain versus right brain thinking
    • Mental blocks to innovation and creativity
    • Innovation and Creativity in Action (video example)
    • Case Study Review*
  • The Innovation Process
    • Introduction
    • Perception
    • Exploration
    • Evaluation
    • Implementation
  • Perception – Tools and Application
    • Assessing your thinking style
    • Ensuring the “360” perspective
    • Review tools for taking a “different view” of a problem or issue
    • Case study* (application of tools)
  • Exploration
    • Review of tools to identify a “short list” of workable solutions
    • Case study* (application of tools)
  • Evaluation
    • Review of tools to identify a “short list” of workable solutions
    • Case study* (application of tools)
    • Review of tools to evaluate and choose solutions for implementation
    • Case study* (application of tools)
  • Implementation
    • Review of tools to create action plans/implementation steps to incorporate selected solutions
    • Case study* (application of tools)
  • Summary and next steps

*Case studies can be based on a “real-life” work issue or problem.