Thinking and creativity skills: better thinkers make better business!
Thinking and creativity skills are a vital part of business acumen. These skills determine how a person approaches decision making and problem solving. They underpin their competence as a leader. Developing the thinking and creativity skills of your people will save your business money and time. They and their teams will become more effective.
‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.’
– Albert Einstein
Thinking and creativity can be taught. They are skills. With practice, anyone, regardless of IQ or level of education, can become a good thinker. Anyone, regardless of seniority or experience, can be more creative. Our toolbox teaches people how.
Our Thinking and Creativity Courses:
We offer our clients thought leadership in the area of thinking and creativity. We are the first European distributors of Dr. Edward de Bono’s great works. This includes the famous Lateral Thinking course which many large global businesses use, as well as many other innovation programmes.
Course in Creativity™
Dr. de Bono’s Course in Creativity combines Lateral Thinking and Six Thinking Hats into one 3-day programme. Participants leave with a wide variety of tools. They also leave able to create combinations of the tools for more strategic thinking and creativity.
Team creativity is a key aspect of developing thinking and creativity skills in your people. If they can think, create, and work better together, the whole organisation becomes more effective. Our Creative Teams course focuses on this skill. It even takes things one step further and teaches groups how to use the tools within meetings. This makes thinking and creativity a way of life and a permanent part of their jobs.
Six Thinking Hats
It is arguable that Dr. Edward de Bono is best known for the Six Thinking Hats. The Six Thinking Hats is the first parallel thinking tool ever developed, and it teaches groups and individuals to change how they look at situations.
Power of Perception
The Power of Perception will teach your people to consciously direct their thinking to look at problems and situations differently. When they look at problems in new ways, they are using their thinking and creativity skills. What we perceive to be true is often a misconception. With the tools taught in this course, participants learn how to put their assumptions aside and look at their subject through fresh eyes. They can have confidence, knowing they have completely thought things through.
Team creativity engages, empowers, and changes outcomes.
Team creativity makes a team more effective. When individuals come together, collaboration takes place. A collaborative process will help:
- Enhance creativity.
- Improve team morale.
- Result in effective team decision-making.
When teams use a creativity framework members will participate more equally and engage more readily. This will result in real solutions.
“The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team.”
– Phil Jackson
Does your team constantly bring problems to the table? There are few things that will frustrate you more as a business leader or manager. Listening to your team gripe and complain out of habit is draining. One challenge it to change the team culture from one which focuses on problems to one that finds solutions. Team creativity supports this. Our Creative Teams course is designed for this purpose.
You create a world of possibilities when you equip your people with tools to help them solve problems and design outcomes. With endless possibilities people can:
- Influence more effectively.
- Be better thinkers and;
- Offer genuine solutions or alternatives.
Team creativity will make day-to-day jobs and tasks more interesting.
Some managers and team members complain that creative thinking takes time. Sure it does. But a simple cost benefit analysis will lead you to a conclusion as us. This reminds us of one of our favourite quotes:
“Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
Team creativity should be easy, well-practiced, and the role of the entire team. Meetings will have short periods of time which focus on creating solutions. Team members are encouraged to bring several possible solutions for every problem or concern they raise. And when people make a truly radical suggestion, the team makes a concerted effort to find 3 great things about the idea before criticising it.
Team creativity becomes easy when it is integrated well into a team’s culture. The day-to-day language of your team changes. Work life becomes more interesting, and individuals more successful. Creative Teams is a great creativity course to help your people get started.
The courses of Edward de Bono
Powerful. Practical. Innovative.
Dr. Edward de Bono is the world’s leading authority on conceptual thinking. This is the driver of innovation, leadership, creativity and problem solving.
Edward de Bono’s tools and methods have brought amazing results to organisations large and small since 1970. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and jobs have changed their lives with his techniques. Dr. Edward de Bono delivers advanced training solutions needed for success in tough times.
Dr. Edward de Bono is credited with producing thinking techniques that are simple, practical, and powerful. His Six Thinking Hats®, Lateral Thinking and Course in Creativity courses are game changers. They apply to organisations of all sizes across the globe.
Organisations choose Dr. de Edward Bono’s courses because they:
- Are easy to use.
- Have the power to change thinking behaviour.
- Increase productivity.
- Foster team building.
- Evoke profitable innovation.
- Help people of all thinking levels to make smarter decisions.
“Thinking is the most important human skill both for individuals and society.
We can do much better if we treat thinking as a skill. Surprisingly, thinking is not a very difficult skill to learn.
There are some simple skills and techniques we need to learn. Simple things done very well can be very powerful.”
– Edward de Bono
Dr Edward de Bono was born in Malta. He is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, an M.D. and Ph.D. Dr de Bono has held appointments at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard Universities. He has written more than 67 books. These are translated into more than 38 languages.
Governments, not for profits and leading companies seek Edward de Bono’s instruction. They include:
- BT (UK).
- Nokia (Finland).
- Mondadori (Italy).
- Siemens (Germany).
- 3M (Germany).
- NTT (Japan).
- Bosch (Germany) and many others.
Accenture, a leading consultancy company, chose him as one of the fifty most influential business thinkers today. Edward de Bono continues to change lives and organisations.
Our suite of courses teach tools to transform how you and your people think. This in turn will affect how you approach thinking, meetings, collaborate, and solve problems. Dr Edward de Bono’s courses are the flagship for getting groups and individuals to work better. They teach groups how to generate and manage ideas. Most of all, groups learn to map their thinking for different outcomes.
Edward de Bono’s courses are globally recognised and taught in over 60 countries. They have changed lives and businesses for more than 50 years. These courses are as relevant today as they were when they were created. The tools can be applied to any situation where groups and individuals need to think effectively and strategically.
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