Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

DURATION: 1 Week
Some prices may differ depending on the course venue.
Course ID :
M2369
Course Places: All countries - Lebanon (Beirut) - Malaysia - UAE (Dubai) All countries
Course Date: Start End
February 19, 2018 February 23, 2018
April 9, 2018 April 13, 2018
June 25, 2018 June 29, 2018
August 27, 2018 August 31, 2018
October 22, 2018 October 26, 2018
December 24, 2018 December 28, 2018

INTRODUCTION

The quality of your results is based on the quality of your decisions. Your best decisions are built on a sharp and focused ability to analyses situations, people and probabilities. This interactive training programme will develop these skills and more.

Highly successful organizations are renowned for developing internal climates where innovation and creative solutions thrive. This highly creative, yet practical Seminar explores what is involved in establishing such a business environment, and will demonstrate to delegates how to develop innovative and creative solutions to real world business problems when they return to their workplace.

The core learning experience centers around a series of practical case study exercises, which will be drawn on to illustrate the key principles involved in critical thinking and innovative problem solving. It will also enable the delegates to test their knowledge and expertise.

Participants will develop the following competencies:

  • Ability to use and wide range of problem solving tools, techniques and trusted methods – individually and within a team – to make better decisions faster
  • Improved skills of creativity and lateral thinking; developing these skills in others
  • Learn the skills of critical thinking and how to build analytical models
  • Improved problem-solving and decision making, plus the ability to communicate your thoughts, ideas and conclusions

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This programme is designed specifically for those professionals and managers from almost any area: HR, IT, Finance, Operations, Marketing and Strategic Planning. Including:

  • Technical and financial professionals making complex decisions – either short, medium or long-term
  • Supervisors and managers who wish to increase their effectiveness in problem analysis, developing creative solutions and decision making
  • Senior managers seeking to improve their own and their department’s approach to decision making and problem solving in a timely manner

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

  • Assess their own thinking and communicating style preferences through a variety of profiling and benchmarking tools
  • Understand how to add value through critical thinking and innovative problem solving
  • Appreciate the vital importance that communication and active listening have in building a sustainable environment, where great decisions are consistently taken
  • Understand, at a detailed level, how to use a wide variety of problem solving tools effectively
  • Develop their ability to think “outside the box”
  • Have obtained the necessary skills to make better business decisions
  • Recognise the difference between solving problems and finding solutions
  • Takeaway a toolkit of creative techniques to enable them to cope with the challenges which lie ahead
  • Determine pragmatic methods for effective management decision making
  • Appreciate the impact of personality on the decision making process
  • Evaluate and apply a structured approach to generate solutions to organizational issues when making decisions
  • Assess personal and organizational decision making creativity and set an agenda for progression
  • Apply appropriate creative analysis techniques that generate successful solutions

TRAINING METHODOLOGY

This programme will involve the use of high impact visual aids, case study exercises, reference manual, story-telling, examples of best practice and appropriate video/DVD material. The use of flip-charts, syndicate programmes and peer review sessions will encourage a fully participative and enjoyable event.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

Highly successful organizations are renowned for developing internal climates where innovation and creative solutions thrive. This highly creative, yet practical programme explores what is involved in establishing such a business environment, and will demonstrate to delegates how to develop innovative and creative solutions to real world business problems when they return to their workplace.

The core learning experience centers around a series of practical case study exercises, which will be drawn on to illustrate the key principles involved in critical thinking and innovative problem solving. It will also enable the delegates to test their knowledge and expertise.

Day1 – Defining the problem and fundamental principles

  • Systematic Problem Definition (6 Basic Questions)
  • Systematic Problem Definition (Grid)

Find Creative Solutions using creativity tools

  • Brainstorming
  • Reverse Brainstorming – Fish Bone Diagrams / Ishikawa/ Cause and Effect diagrams
  • Imagineering and visualization
  • Mind Mapping

Evaluate and select solutions – practical short cuts for quick decisions

  • Pro’s and Con’s
  • Force field analysis
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Feasibility/Capability Analysis

Day2 – PROBLEM SOLVING – A SUMMARY OF ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

  • Overview of Modelling
  • Setting system boundaries
  • Evaluating Potential Actions
  • Decision-making tools:
  • Multiple Criteria Analysis
  • 5 Ws & 1 H
  • SWOT
  • Porter’s Five Forces
  • CDAM
  • Motivating
  • Survey’s, focus groups and research-based data
  • Force field analysis
  • Reality Checks for Practicality
  • Case study: Managing a change situation

Day3 –

Part 1: Developing critical and analytical thinking

  • Learning how to learn – a critical evaluation of our preferred style of learning
  • Defining the creative environment
  • Establishing the right climate
  • Creative approaches explored
  • Practical examples and exercises
  • Overview of principal Tools & Techniques

Part 2: Developing creative thinking

  • Thinking outside the box – left/right brain thinking
  • Reasons for poor decisions
  • Managing the risk
  • Decision making applied
  • Review of major learning points
  • Discussion on any remaining barriers and solutions
  • Using problem solving strategies to plan for creative and innovative

Day4 –

  • Influencing for success – a critical evaluation of our preferred style of influencing
  • Developing a Stakeholder Analysis – Power versus Influence
  • Opportunities and Challenges as opposed to problems
  • Developing a “meetings strategy” to solve problems and make decisions
  • The steps for effective problem solving and decision making – using several different models
  • Practical examples and exercises

Part 2: Communicating your ideas and decisions to your team

  • Planning the successful Team – a critical evaluation of our preferred style of team working
  • The different communication styles and when to use each one
  • Appreciating the diversity of others communications preferences
  • Perception and communicating with others
  • Changing your response to stereotypical perceptions
  • Developing a strategy for change – implementing critical thinking and problem solving in the real world
  • Case studies and practical exercises

Day5 – FROM INTENTIONS TO ACTIONS

  • Defining organizational conflict in terms of how this impacts our problem solving culture
  • Applying techniques to resolve conflicts
  • Developing SMART objectives
  • Developing a comprehensive Personal Business Plan for implementation over 3, 6 9 and 12 months from today
  • Giving and receiving constructive critical peer feedback

 

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