Thinking Outside the Lines - Business
Professional / Management Training Seminar
How to teach yourself and others to find
innovative answers and make better decisions!
Think for a moment about
the tough challenges you face today. Focus on those pain-in-the-neck
problems that seem to rear their ugly heads time and time again. Now,
ask yourself why you haven’t solved these challenges yet. It’s
frustrating, isn’t it?
Let’s face facts: The same age-old problems will undoubtedly come back to
haunt you if you continue to apply the same old problem-solving paradigms to fix
them. That’s why it’s so important that you take the time to step back and
rethink the way you’re approaching your challenges.
And that’s why we have created, Thinking Outside the Lines, a
powerful one-day workshop guaranteed to get you thinking differently.
It’s not about thinking MORE … it’s about thinking DIFFERENTLY
This intensive workshop was made for professionals like you – key decision
makers whose organizations are counting on them for both the vision and the
strategic thinking skills crucial to every organization’s ongoing success.
This workshop will teach you invaluable thinking tools and techniques that
lead to true breakthrough solutions. It’s a no-nonsense, results-focused day of
training guaranteed to help you find better ways to approach the real-world
problems you face every day.
You’ll discover how to:
- Break unproductive thinking habits that hold you back
- Tap into – and build upon – the potential of every idea
- Avoid costly mistakes using “what if” thinking
- Challenge old assumptions about how your organization “must” run
- Empower your people to perform at higher levels by using new thinking
Become a true leader who nourishes new ideas
You’ll learn how to evaluate team members’ ideas in a way that encourages –
rather than squashes – their creative processes. You’ll be amazed at what your
people are capable of producing once you show them how to explore in new
Tap into every ounce of idea power at your disposal!
To succeed as a leader today, you’ve got to be able to tap every ounce of idea
power available to you, to think and plan and make decisions in a strategic new
way. Thinking Outside the Lines trains you to do exactly that – in
just one intensive day spent with other key business leaders and decision
Make a commitment right now to attend this innovative workshop!
What You’ll Learn
- Jump-start your creative thinking skills in an imaginative,
- Find new solutions to problems that have plagued your
organization – maybe for years!
- Gain greater clarity and focus by challenging self-limiting
- Break negative thinking habits that squash creativity in
yourself and others.
- Get original ideas to flow quickly and naturally from now
- Use new thinking techniques to launch strategic planning in
- Sharpen your creative decision-making skills for stronger,
- Fire up a team, a department, even a whole organization
that’s grown dangerously comfortable with the status quo.
- Learn how to accurately weigh the risk vs. reward of any
new idea or plan.
- Know where to look for your richest source of innovation.
- Learn proven techniques for moving your team beyond “the
way we’ve always done it.”
- Get a rare chance to refocus your leadership vision and be
inspired in a highly creative atmosphere.
- Understand how you may be unintentionally discouraging
innovation rather than encouraging it in your people.
- Avoid the common thinking traps that stomp out good ideas.
- Access more of your “idea power” than you currently do to
generate idea after idea.
managers, and team leaders from all types of organizations, big and
small alike! If the same old way of doing things isn’t giving you the
results you need today – this training is for you!
Creative Thinking Muscles to Meet Today’s Complex Leadership
What creativity is – and isn’t – and why it’s a crucial
leadership tool today
It starts with you: The 10 Rules of Creative Leadership
Thinking about how you think: Vertical vs. lateral
thinking and convergent vs. divergent thinking
Automatic filters that affect your perception of the
world and the way
Proven techniques for thinking more clearly and with
greater focus in a world increasingly full of distractions
PowerThinking Tools for Moving Beyond “The Way It’s Always Been Done”
Why it’s crucial to challenge boundaries you once took
for granted ... and the techniques to do it
The ABCs of PowerThinking – your ticket to “thinking
outside the lines”
Understanding why negative thinking kills ideas, keeps
you stuck and reinforces the status quo
Habitual barriers to positive thinking
The importance of replacing “it can’t be done” with an
“anything’s possible” attitude – and how to spread it throughout your
Outside the Lines With Creative Problem-Solving
Pitfalls of problem-solving – and steps for avoiding
Sidestep typical thinking traps that prevent you from
reaching optimal solutions
Critical steps of strategic thinking that guarantee
your action plan succeeds
Anchoring: What it is, how it can help you – and how it
Using the “Why 5 Tool” to determine what’s really
important to you
Supercharge Your Creative Decision-Making Skills
Examine the thought patterns you use to make decisions
– learn how they help you and how they hold you back
Dabbler, Obsessor, Hacker, Master: What’s your
3 basic ground rules for making stronger decisions
Framing: How you look at a decision determines the
degree of your success
Use “what if” thinking to predict decision outcomes
Generating Ideas That Turn Problems Into Opportunities
Get out of “stuck-in-a-rut” thinking and learn to
promote innovative breakthroughs
Discover where your sparks for new ideas originate ...
and where to find your richest sources of innovations
Paradigms: Where to look for the next generation of
Brain-linking, clustering, mindmapping and other
brainstorming tools: Tricks for generating lots of ideas quickly
Creating a “safe” working environment where creativity
and new ideas can flourish
Ideas Into Action – for Unprecedented Results!
How to tell the difference between a great idea and a
lousy one – it may not be as obvious as you think
Accurately plot the outcome you expect on the Scale of
Likelihood – an essential step before the final “OK” or “no go”
Strategies for keeping bureaucracy from killing
Leadership challenge: How to implement innovative ideas
in a world that is still clinging to old habits and methods
Seminar Check-In: 8:30 AM Seminar: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Continuing Education Center, Inc. according to the guidelines set forth by IACET.
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