Creative Problem Solving / Innovation Session

Charlotte Kells FacilitatingCreativity and Innovation requires process facilitation that inspires quality thinking and elicits quantity of ideas ~ all set in an open, supportive, creative climate / environment. Kells Associates will design an Innovation Meeting to meet the needs of your team. We are experienced in leading creative sessions to follow up on Employee Satisfaction Surveys, for New Product Development ideas, and for Work / Cost Improvement Strategies.

CREATIVITY IN ACTION: Creative Problem Solving Techniques

Changing perspective, shifting paradigms, and visioning are all tools for future thinking. The creative problem solving process uses these tools for facilitating change. It enables people rethink and recreate everyday challenges into interesting, viable opportunities. It gives them the tools to be proactive and reengineer their areas going forward. Sid Parnes describes the process by suggesting . . . “we first speculate on what ‘might be’ . . . we sense and anticipate all conceivable consequences or repercussions . . . and we choose and develop our best alternative in full awareness”.

This action learning initiative will do just that. This two-three day program will be designed in a workshop format using experiential activities, small group discussions, case initiatives, and facilitation applications. The group will select relevant work related issues to illustrate “creativity in action.”

Topics for the program will include the following:

  • What is creativity?
  • Assessing individual problem solving processes / styles
  • Myths, mind sets, and blocks to new thinking
  • Climates for innovation
  • Overview of the Creative Problem Solving (cps) process:
    1. Data-finding: Searching for data and questions to help better understand goals and priorities.
    2. Problem-finding: Formulating specific questions (statements of problems or sub problems) the group might want to use to seek new and potentially useful ideas.
    3. Idea-finding: Generating as many possible ideas which could offer solutions to the problem, and then selecting the most promising or interesting ones.
    4. Solution-finding: Identifying key criteria and using that criteria for evaluating ideas to find the ones with the most potential. Analyzing possibilities.
    5. Acceptance-finding: Creating an action plan for successful implementation.
  • Tools and techniques for creative decision making
  • Successfully facilitating the process in teams and work groups
  • Applications: Opportunity to practice and use the process with targeted work issues
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