Creative Thinking

You might not think of yourself or your business sector as creative, but if you’re involved in problem-solving you benefit from Creative Thinking.

How often do you actually flex your creative thinking muscles, though – making sure they’re fit for purpose?

On this workshop you’ll gain practical skills to help you flex your creativity muscles and those of your team.

We’ll learn how to create the key climatic conditions to nurture creativity:

Space – You can’t become playful,and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures. We’ll discover what the unique creative space is for each delegate – time, location, circumstances. We’ll discover how to set the scene; how to create breathing space, how to maximise what is already available to us.

Time – It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time to come up with something original. We’ll explore how to tolerate the discomfort of ‘pondering time’ and indecision. Similar to dealing with conflict, we’ll learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable

Confidence – Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. We’ll explore specific confidence techniques that can be practiced outside the workshop to continue to become more at ease, and reduce the paralysing fear that is the enemy of creativity.

Spontaneity – Surprisingly enough, you can actually teach spontaneity.  We’ll bring our knowledge and practice from the world of improvisation, and explore its relevance in making creative and inventive business decisions.

Humour –  The main evolutionary significance of humour is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else. We’ll develop techniques for bringing humour into our working practice to unlock a deeper, more productive level of creative self.

Creativity is the interplay of two modes of operating — open, where we take a wide-angle, abstract view of the problem and allow the mind to ponder possible solutions, and closed, where we zoom in on implementing a specific solution with narrow precision. We will explore the traps and travails of the two modes and of letting their osmosis get out of balance.

To be at our most efficient,we need to be able to switch back and forth between the two modes. But — here’s the problem — we too often get stuck in the closed mode. We’ll uncover practical methods used by scriptwriters, for switching between these modes, and avoid that tunnel vision at times when we really need to step back and contemplate the wider view.

This can have far more profound impact than problem solving – it can also lead to re-evaluating things like your organisational approach to health and safety as well as creating the space for seismic strategic shifts that ricochet – in a good way – to the very top of the business.