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Empowering Creativity in Teams

Leading and Facilitating Creative Ideation

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Objective:

Team Creativity

Facilitating creative collaboration is one of the most important management roles in leading a creative environment. In particular empowering a team with critical and creative thinking facilitates innovation effort that draws out new exciting ideas from the team. 

Today’s leader is a facilitator that draws on experience, Critical and Creative Thinking skills, and design processes and tools to promote team innovation.  This program examines and develops the creative ideation skills, methods and processes needed by leaders charged with empowering teams expected to generate new ideas, and by the end of the program participants will:

  • Understand the nature of critical and creative thinking and how they provide a powerful framework for seeking out innovation
  • Understand the role of the ideation facilitator – guiding the team to the edges well beyond brainstorming 
  • Appreciate how the deliberate application of critical thinking leads to creativity on demand and inspires innovation at all levels
  • Have the skills to challenge the team to generate great new ideas
  • Understand how to lead a creative environment so useful ideas can be designed into valuable outcomes

Benefits:         

Whether the facilitator is an external consultant, internal change agent or departmental manager, effective facilitation assists progress and helps people achieve their goals.  Effective facilitation results in:

  • Shorter, more creatively focused and outcome oriented team meetings
  • Better faster generation of exciting new ideas
  • Moving the team to the edges of their normal thought processes to open up new pathways to potential better more creative outcomes 

Outline:

This is highly interactive program is specially designed to support anyone wanting to improve creative collaboration and is available as a 1-day In-house blended program and as a half-day public program.  Topics include:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
    • Principles and methods for focused idea generation
  • The role of the creative leader / facilitator
    • Working with the team to set and maintain Focus
    • Guiding divergent-convergent thinking in projects and meetings
    • Encouraging cross-fertilization of thinking and idea
      • External: convergences that fan innovation
      • Internal: discussion forums and idea promotion
  • Enhancing team creativity with the 'elbow-room' to explore
    • Providing creative space - your own idea factory
    • Play time - unleashing creative energy
    • Reading time - everything connects to everything else
  • Beyond Brainstorming to push the boundaries to new useful ideas
    • Thinking outside the square - generate great new ideas with lateral thinking
    • Idea Harvesting - managing lots of ideas to promote design into outcomes
  • Leading a Creative Environment – maintaining team innovation day to day
    • Budgeting for creativity (time and money)
    • Leadership styles that foster creativity and allow innovation to flourish
    • Goals setting to inspire people - setting the context and challenges
  • Resources for a creative environment
    • Materials to guide and support, reference cards, posters and more
  • Technology to enhance creative ideation
    • Hardware, software, access to prior designs
    • Collaboration technology that speeds and enhances creative thinking
  • How to not stifle creativity and innovation
    • Myths of creative thinking
    • 10 Ways to Kill Innovation (or what not to do)
    • Managing IP, trade secrets, open source software
    • Adapting policies, deadlines, unrealistic expectations
  • Where to from here – continued skill development and team empowerment      

Presenter:       

Bill Jarrard, Co-founder Mindwerx International and the Buzan Centre: Aust/NZ.  Bill holds a Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and in addition to running Mindwerx International he was for more than a decade the convenor/lecturer on Creativity & Innovation for the Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Swinburne.  He is still a part-time lecturer on creativity and innovation at a number of universities.

Bill is one of the best facilitators I’ve ever been involved with. Not only his knowledge on the subject and tools, but he also shared with us his knowledge on other things not part of the program
Danielle Condon, Simplot Australia

Who should attend?

Ideally suited for team leaders who wish to learn to unleash their team's creative genius to solve problems, improve processes and generally work more innovatively.

A Mindwerx Blended Program

This Mindwerx Blended Learning Engagement extends the learning post-workshop as participants get access to several online Mindwerx Online Academy eLessons to build on their knowledge and skills. The aim is to continue the learning journey well after the workshop.

To Book or Organise this for your team

For more information on how we can tailor this progam for your team please email us at: team[at]mindwerx[dot]com or call Bill direct on +61 (0)419 645 299+61 (0)419 645 299.

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