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Finding creative and innovative solutions is now a core skill in any role. When organisations are experiencing both internal and external influences to change, the ability to ''think outside the box'' is essential to solve problems. This one-day workshop gives you an opportunity to experiment using rational, intuitive and creative approaches and techniques. During the day you will blend creative thinking techniques with strategic planning and decision making to help find innovative solutions. The workshop also shows how to develop an innovative culture and apply that creativity and innovation at work. Presenter: Tony Bray Programme details 0900 - Coffee and registration 0915 Welcome, domestics, introductions and ground rules 0930 Barriers to creative thinking What happens to stifle our natural creativity? Be positive about creative thinking in the public sector. Identify ''drivers'' and ''restrainers'' with force field analysis. Introduce the five-step approach, and the tools and techniques. 1015 Step One - Set direction ? Where are we going? ? Formulating ''problem definition statements''. ? Clarify what''s ''In'' and ''Out'' of the frame. 1100 Break 1115 Step Two - Face the facts! ? Collecting ''hard'' or ''soft'' data to understand the problem. ? Using ''fishing'' and ''shooting'' questions. ? The family of ''direct your attention'' tools. 1145 Step Three - Get creative! ? What could we do? Search for all possible options. ? Release our natural creative flair. ? Generate options with the ''concept fan''. 1245 Lunch 1330 Step Three - Get creative! ? Innovate with the ''random entry'' creative thinking method. ? Try on the ''six thinking hats'' for a new perspective. 1430 Step Four - Choose the best ? Choosing the best option to solve the problem. ? Formulating ''must have'' and ''should have'' criteria. ? Selection tools - ''merit matrix'' and ''repercussions wheel''. 1515 Step Five - Ideas into action! ? Develop ''ABC action plans''. ? Anticipate potential problems with ''risk analysis''. 1515 Break 1530 Creativity back in the workplace ? Response to change - the ''bathtub'' effect. ? Overcome resistance in the workplace. ? Developing a creative culture. ? Personal action planning. 1615 - Review and evaluation 1630 - Close the workshop Key benefits Be able to blend creative thinking with strategic planning and decision-making, using a five-step structure. Reawaken creative problem solving skills. Develop innovative approaches to challenging situations. Experience a variety of creative thinking tools and techniques. Feel more confident to develop an innovative culture back in the workplace. Delivery methods The workshop will be very participative, with a rich mixture of group discussions, team exercises and individual work so that delegates return to work motivated and ready to go! The delegate workbook gives full documentation for the processes, tools and techniques. Presenter Tony Bray has established a reputation for designing a wide range of training courses and workshops for a variety ofUKindustries. He has also written a series of highly successful books and training packages, published by theUK''s leading publishers of training materials, with sales approaching ?2m. With a background in management with British Telecom Tony had a variety of management roles, including Call Centre Management, Statistics, Personnel, Estates and International Relations. His final five years in BT was as a manager in theManagementTrainingCollege, delivering and managing the implementation of core management training programmes.

Finding creative and innovative solutions is now a core skill in any role. When organisations are experiencing both internal and external influences to change, the ability to ''think outside the box'' is essential to solve problems. This one-day workshop gives you an opportunity to experiment using rational, intuitive and creative approaches and techniques. During the day you will blend creative...

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