Creative problem solving for business
A series of online workshops that are most useful attended as a series whilst remaining viable as standalone independent workshops.
(A repeat of the workshop held on 20th August 2020)
- Wed 11th August 4:00pm – 5:30pm
A culture of innovation and creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value. This workshop will demonstrate how to remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds to unleash the power of Breakthrough Thinking and generate ideas that are both novel and useful.
Topics covered will include:
- An explanation of creativity and innovation and how they relate to continuous improvement
- Why we all get trapped in “more of the same” thinking
- How creativity techniques can escape those constraints
The remaining workshops will build upon the Introductory session. They will provide hands-on experience with using different creative idea generation techniques to find innovative solutions to example real business challenges.
- Wed 29th September 9am-10:30am – An in depth exercise using visual synectics
- Wed 24th November 9am-10:30am – An in depth exercise using superheroes
The world is changing at an ever increasing pace, but the decisions we make and the behaviours that we display are based on models of “reality” which are based on our understanding of the out-dated patterns from the past. We MUST find ways of challenging these patterns, to free up our thinking, to generate fresh and novel (i.e. creative) ideas that then feed innovation.
A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best statt whilst enhancing performance and added value. This series of workshops will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds to unleash the power of Breakthrough Thinking and generate ideas that are both novel and useful.
Attendees will leave with:
- an understanding of the strategic benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business
- an understanding of the blockages that operate within the mind of all individuals that effectively stifle creativity;
- practical experience of specific techniques to overcome those blockages;
By identifying the key blocks to creativity, it is possible to develop strategies to overcome them, and then to release the creative potential of absolutely anyone.
A high energy, engaging, motivational and inspirational speaker
David J Hall has been a practicing Chief Executive for 20 years; a Chartered Engineer, he holds a PhD from Cambridge University Department of Materials Science (1984) and an MBA through the Open University (1995). Since 1984 he has worked in a range of manufacturing, service and technology transfer organisations, holding positions in engineering, marketing and manufacturing management.
A passion for creativity and innovation, and a pursuit of the perfect culture, provide a common thread throughout David’s career to date. David argues we are all inherently good at generating useful ideas – but there are occasions when we need to think differently, to introduce novelty into our problem solving, and we all find this inherently difficult.
A high energy, engaging, motivational, inspirational speaker he is focused on getting the best out of people, releasing potential and culture transformation. He believes if you get the “people thing” right, then quality products and service will follow, with profits/value to match.
|David is Founder and Chief Executive of the Ideas Centre and provides a range of supporting material to challenge the traditional thinking that traps us within the world of “more of the same”.|
We invite qualifying operational leaders to attend MD2MD as our guest.
Comments from members attending previous workshops led by David
- David gave great real examples to support his presentation.
- Terrific energy, made it fun and stimulating also.
- David made me think about how to change from just gathering useful look at problems to be more creative with novel ideas.
- He described the blockers to creativity.
- The “working backwards” tips has already given me an insight to a problem I have and I wasn’t even the problem “setter”!
- Kept it fast moving and energetic, kept interest throughout the session.
- I liked the ideas about forums to achieve creativity.
- He highlighted the need to think differently.
- Excellent practical tips and helpful examples of techniques with a clear explanation of concepts.
- Questions / challenge my natural instinct to “fix a date” to address an issue.
- Showed how coming up with daft solutions can help discover practical ones.