Organising Your Ideas for Work Improvement

Course Introduction

One of the main complaints of management is that staffs do not contribute  ideas and voice their opinion.  They suspect that perhaps one of the reasons is lack of courage or conviction. However, research has shown that most employees have opinion  and ideas on how to improve their work. The problem is the ideas are not organised and therefore they are shy to voice out. Organised ideas are important not just to give opinion but to solve problems on a daily basis.

  • All executives, non-executives, technical staff
  • Those who want to explore creativity
  • Those who are involved or aim to be involved in innovation
  • Raise your awareness of thinking habits and cultural biases that influence perception of problems and possible solutions
  • Apply thinking tools to work problems
  • Design problem-solving  processes  that will  encourage  team participation and support the active implementation of solutions
  • Develop mind maps that capture and develop new ideas
  • Apply new techniques to capture information more easily, completely and with clarity
  • Plan major projects and other activities in a fraction of the time normally needed
  • Think innovatively and creatively to solve problems
  • Foster collaborative thinking and interaction
  • Use different way of thinking so people  don’t get trapped  by traditional, rigid, negative or critical approaches
  • Develop a framework for thinking that provides a more open and creative climate for discussion
  • Develop alternative and innovative solutions

A  mix of presentations, role plays activities, using the integrative Learning System (ILS) approach to internalise the learnings of the workshop.

Technologies  used will include Multiple Intelligences,  Interactive Learning, Dunn &  Dunn’s Learning Styles and EQ (Emotional Intelligence).

The mysteries of the human brain

  • Make the most of your grey matter
  • Left brain/right brain thinking
  • Our multiple intelligences

The creative environment

  • Setting the creative stage
  • Identifying elements that stimulate creativity
  • Eliminating barriers to innovation
  • Brainstorming options

Creative Thinking Tools

  • Brainstorming
  • Reversal
  • Random Word Technique

Mind mapping

  • Big picture ideas
  • Create mind maps in teams
  • Identify applications at work

Other ways to brainstorm

  • Round Robin Color coding brainstorm
  • Lotus Blossom

Avoiding analysis paralysis

  • Overcoming the “It won’t work here” mentality
  • The Five Monkeys Syndrome
  • Resolve/remove “we’ve always done it this way” Mental Blocks

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) – THE BIG SIX MODEL

  • Ground rules for THE BIG SIX
  • Stages of problem solving
  • EGGCAM – Six Step approach to CPS