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04-06-2012: Duration: 20 - 30 minutes. Intended for: This training game helps participants to realise tha.. read more

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Creative Problem Solving

Target: Junior – Mid – Senior
Duration: 8 hours per day x 2days = 16 hours

In the past few decades, psychologists and business people alike have discovered that successful problem solvers tend to use the same type of process to identify and implement the solutions to their problems. This process works for any kind of problem, large or small.

The Creative Problem Solving workshop will give participants an overview of the entire creative problem solving process, as well as key problem solving tools that they can use every day. Skills such as brainstorming, information gathering, analyzing data, and identifying resources will be covered throughout the workshop.

Module One: Getting Started

  • Icebreaker
  • Housekeeping Items
  • The Parking Lot
  • Workshop Objectives

Module Two: The Problem Solving Method

  • What is a Problem?
  • What is Creative Problem Solving?
  • What are the Steps in the Creative Solving Process?

Module Three: Information Gathering

  • Understanding Types of Information
  • Identifying Key Questions
  • Methods of Gathering Information

Module Four: Problem Definition

  • Defining the Problem
  • Determining Where the Problem Originated
  • Defining the Present State and the Desired State
  • Stating and Restating the Problem
  • Analyzing the Problem
  • Writing the Problem Statement

Module Five: Preparing for Brainstorming

  • Identifying Mental Blocks
  • Removing Mental Blocks
  • Stimulating Creativity

Module Six: Generating Solutions (I)

  • Brainstorming Basics
  • Brainwriting and Mind Mapping
  • Duncker Diagrams

Module Seven: Generating Solutions (II)

  • The Morphological Matrix
  • The Six Thinking Hats
  • The Blink Method

Module Eight: Analyzing Solutions

  • Developing Criteria
  • Analyzing Wants and Needs
  • Using Cost/Benefit Analysis

Module Nine: Selecting a Solution

  • Doing a Final Analysis
  • Paired Comparison Analysis
  • Analyzing Potential Problems

Module Ten: Planning Your Next Steps

  • Identifying Tasks
  • Identifying Resources
  • Implementing, Evaluating, and Adapting

Module Eleven: Recording Lessons Learned

  • Planning the Follow-Up Meeting
  • Celebrating Successes
  • Identifying Improvements

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  • Words from the Wise
  • Review of Parking Lot
  • Lessons Learned
  • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

Problem Analysis:

Brain-storming, fish-boning, information-seeking and analytical thinking track down a production problem. Great value!

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop problem-solving strategies
  • To organise themselves and brainstorm ideas
  • To think logically and analytically (risk analysis)
  • To identify problems and critical information

Please email to mark@strategyandteams.com for details. We will run courses only for corporates groups. Alternatively call us on +971 (0) 50 4505317 and we will be delighted to help.

"I, on behalf of everyone would like to thank you for the 2 day course, every piece of which added value We thoroughly enjoyed the class and appreciated your reality input into the discussions. Learning about all of the different techniques and methodologies was most valuable to us. Thank you once again for a wonderful experience."
Abdalla Omar Rahuma, Corporate Human Capital Manager - AlMansoori Specialized Engineering

"We would just like to thank you for your contribution to the event last week. Your reputation preceded you from the highly successful Social Breakfast earlier this year, however you surpassed even that by energizing the group for the whole day including the syndicate sessions and coming up with a creative approach to incorporating the Mission Vision and Values into the quiz. Thanks again for your support."
Titus J N Earle , Leadership and Talent Development Section Leader, ADMA-OPCO

“It was not only an amazing experience, but also considered more useful than the static presentations that used to dominate this most IMPORTANT session attended by the VVIPs of the industry. You made it very interesting."
Vasudevan K. S. | Director – Global Business Development | NavoLabs