Think Differently. Drive Results.

Think Differently. Drive Results.

Intro to Thinking Through Innovation

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation: Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation

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An introduction to the Thinking Through Innovation process; guiding participants through the shared innovation model. We will interactively explore common blocks to creativity and innovation, showing participants the proper tools to use to ameliorate those blocks and release the needed creativity and innovation to develop or improve products and services.

Outcomes:

  • Learn the Five Roles of a Leader in a creative and innovative organization
  • Understand the skills necessary to effectively transfer creative ideas into innovative practices
  • Learn a variant method of brainstorming and how to select the best solutions
  • Find creative solutions to current situations

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Thinking Differently – Enabling Innovation

March 14, 2014  from 8:30am - 3:30pm at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Guest Speaker: Mark Mortenson President/CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science

Creative thinking is a critical skill required by all people within their roles at work, yet it is generally done by trial and error – the thinker creates an idea and determines if it will work – which is basically guessing. Not only is trial and error limited by personal knowledge, it can take many ideas and a long time, sometimes years to identify a good idea. This process of thinking is constrained by a “stuckness” in how things are and how things should be. Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative thinking through problem solving. Problem solvers are required to quickly provide solutions to increasingly complex problems, develop and design new and innovative products and processes – all while reducing research and development time and costs.

Outcomes:

  • Learn ways to overcome “stuckness” in your thinking and quickly solve problems
  • Learn how to facilitate productive discussions to lead others to think differently
  • Develop model’s and methods to think differently about existing problems, which can lead to innovative products and processes
  • Use existing resources and knowledge to innovate solutions

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Leading for Change

March 21, 2014 from 8:30am - 3:30pm at Larkin Village

Guest Speaker: Howard Zemsky, Managing Partner of Larkin Development Group

At some point or another, all organizations experience change. Organizational leaders need to understand the aspects of such change that will be crucial to making it successful. This includes forecasting necessary and unnecessary changes and having the ability to lead others collaboratively and enthusiastically to the necessary changes. Doing this in a way that not only facilitates change, but also grows business, requires managerial leadership that is competent, capable and timely. Developing this skill set does not happen by chance or fate. It can only occur through managerial leaders who are able to envision and articulate necessary change in a relatable way.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the levels of change within an organization and how to plan and delegate parts of that change to subordinates in a timely manner
  • Determine who to ring to the table and the most advantageous times to do so
  • Understand how an accurate mission ensures successful change
  • Understand planning and implementation phases of change
  • Learn how to develop organizational absorptive capacity of change ideas

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Putting it all together

March 28, 2014  from 8:30am - 3:30pm at the CPD

This time will serve as a celebration and a Thinking Through Innovation sharing and working session. Each participant will be responsible for sharing a brief report and story of what they have completed in the hands-on application of their chosen product or service through which to implement innovation.