Creative Problem Solving

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Creative Problem Solving

In the past few decades, psychologists and business people alike have discovered that successful problem solvers tend to use the same type of process to identify and implement the solutions to their problems. This process works for any kind of problem, large or small.

The Creative Problem Solving workshop will give participants an overview of the entire creative problem solving process, as well as key problem solving tools that they can use every day. Skills such as brainstorming, information gathering, analyzing data, and identifying resources will be covered throughout the workshop.


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Everything you need to teach a one-day workshop for Creative Problem Solving:

  • Training Manuals
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Instructor's Guide
  • Quick Reference Job Aids
  • Icebreakers, Activities,
     & Exercise Files
  • Pre-Assignments,
    Pre-/Post-Assessments
  • Promotional Advertorials
  • Lesson Plans with Flip Chart Notes


Also available: training video clips, editable books, audiobook workshops, e-learning, and cloud-based LMS.

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Creative Problem Solving Outline:

Module One: Getting Started
  • Icebreaker
  • Housekeeping Items
  • The Parking Lot
  • Workshop Objectives
Module Two: The Problem Solving Method
  • What is a Problem?
  • What is Creative Problem Solving?
  • What are the Steps in the Creative Solving Process?
Module Three: Information Gathering
  • Understanding Types of Information
  • Identifying Key Questions
  • Methods of Gathering Information
Module Four: Problem Definition
  • Defining the Problem
  • Determining Where the Problem Originated
  • Defining the Present State and the Desired State
  • Stating and Restating the Problem
  • Analyzing the Problem
  • Writing the Problem Statement
Module Five: Preparing for Brainstorming
  • Identifying Mental Blocks
  • Removing Mental Blocks
  • Stimulating Creativity
Module Six: Generating Solutions (I)
  • Brainstorming Basics
  • Brainwriting and Mind Mapping
  • Duncker Diagrams
                                                    Module Seven: Generating Solutions (II)
                                                    • The Morphological Matrix
                                                    • The Six Thinking Hats
                                                    • The Blink Method
                                                    Module Eight: Analyzing Solutions
                                                    • Developing Criteria
                                                    • Analyzing Wants and Needs
                                                    • Using Cost/Benefit Analysis
                                                    Module Nine: Selecting a Solution
                                                    • Doing a Final Analysis
                                                    • Paired Comparison Analysis
                                                    • Analyzing Potential Problems
                                                    Module Ten: Planning Your Next Steps
                                                    • Identifying Tasks
                                                    • Identifying Resources
                                                    • Implementing, Evaluating, and Adapting
                                                    Module Eleven: Recording Lessons Learned
                                                    • Planning the Follow-Up Meeting
                                                    • Celebrating Successes
                                                    • Identifying Improvements
                                                    Module Twelve: Wrapping Up
                                                    • Words from the Wise
                                                    • Review of Parking Lot
                                                    • Lessons Learned
                                                    • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

                                                                                                Administrative Skills

                                                                                                1. Administrative Office Procedures
                                                                                                2. Administrative Support
                                                                                                3. Archiving and Records Management
                                                                                                4. Basic Bookkeeping
                                                                                                5. Business Writing
                                                                                                6. Collaborative Business Writing
                                                                                                7. Executive and Personal Assistants
                                                                                                8. Meeting Management
                                                                                                9. Organizational Skills
                                                                                                10. Social Media In The Workplace
                                                                                                11. Supply Chain Management

                                                                                                Career Development

                                                                                                1. Assertiveness And Self-Confidence
                                                                                                2. Communication Strategies
                                                                                                3. Creative Problem Solving
                                                                                                4. Developing Creativity
                                                                                                5. Digital Citizenship
                                                                                                6. Entrepreneurship
                                                                                                7. Interpersonal Skills
                                                                                                8. mLearning Essentials
                                                                                                9. Negotiation Skills
                                                                                                10. Personal Branding
                                                                                                11. Project Management
                                                                                                12. Telework And Telecommuting
                                                                                                13. Ten Soft Skills You Need
                                                                                                14. The Cloud and Business
                                                                                                15. Time Management
                                                                                                16. Women in Leadership

                                                                                                Human Resources

                                                                                                1. Business Succession Planning
                                                                                                2. Contract Management
                                                                                                3. Crisis Management
                                                                                                4. Developing a Lunch and Learn
                                                                                                5. Diversity and Inclusion
                                                                                                6. Employee Onboarding
                                                                                                7. Employee Recruitment
                                                                                                8. Employee Termination Processes
                                                                                                9. Generation Gaps
                                                                                                10. Health and Wellness at Work
                                                                                                11. Hiring Strategies
                                                                                                12. Human Resource Management
                                                                                                13. Managing Workplace Harassment
                                                                                                14. Measuring Results From Training
                                                                                                15. Millennial Onboarding
                                                                                                16. Office Health And Safety
                                                                                                17. Talent Management
                                                                                                18. Train-The-Trainer
                                                                                                19. Universal Safety Practices
                                                                                                20. Workplace Diversity
                                                                                                21. Workplace Harassment
                                                                                                22. Workplace Violence

                                                                                                Personal Development

                                                                                                1. Adult Learning - Mental Skills
                                                                                                2. Adult Learning - Physical Skills
                                                                                                3. Anger Management
                                                                                                4. Attention Management
                                                                                                5. Being A Likeable Boss
                                                                                                6. Critical Thinking
                                                                                                7. Emotional Intelligence
                                                                                                8. Goal Setting and Getting Things Done
                                                                                                9. Improving Mindfulness
                                                                                                10. Improving Self-Awareness
                                                                                                11. Increasing Your Happiness
                                                                                                12. Job Search Skills
                                                                                                13. Life Coaching Essentials
                                                                                                14. Managing Personal Finances
                                                                                                15. Managing Workplace Anxiety
                                                                                                16. Personal Productivity
                                                                                                17. Public Speaking
                                                                                                18. Social Intelligence
                                                                                                19. Social Learning
                                                                                                20. Stress Management
                                                                                                21. Taking Initiative
                                                                                                22. Work-Life Balance

                                                                                                Sales And Marketing

                                                                                                1. Body Language Basics
                                                                                                2. Call Center Training
                                                                                                3. Coaching Salespeople
                                                                                                4. Contact Center Training
                                                                                                5. Creating a Great Webinar
                                                                                                6. Employee Recognition
                                                                                                7. Event Planning
                                                                                                8. High Performance Teams Inside the Company
                                                                                                9. High Performance Teams Remote Workforce
                                                                                                10. In Person Sales
                                                                                                11. Internet Marketing Fundamentals
                                                                                                12. Marketing Basics
                                                                                                13. Media And Public Relations
                                                                                                14. Motivating Your Sales Team
                                                                                                15. Multi-Level Marketing
                                                                                                16. Overcoming Sales Objections
                                                                                                17. Presentation Skills
                                                                                                18. Proposal Writing
                                                                                                19. Prospecting and Lead Generation
                                                                                                20. Sales Fundamentals
                                                                                                21. Servant Leadership
                                                                                                22. Social Media Marketing
                                                                                                23. Telephone Etiquette
                                                                                                24. Top 10 Sales Secrets
                                                                                                25. Trade Show Staff Training

                                                                                                Supervisors And Managers

                                                                                                1. Budgets And Financial Reports
                                                                                                2. Coaching And Mentoring
                                                                                                3. Conducting Annual Employee Reviews
                                                                                                4. Developing New Managers
                                                                                                5. Employee Motivation
                                                                                                6. Facilitation Skills
                                                                                                7. Knowledge Management
                                                                                                8. Leadership And Influence
                                                                                                9. Lean Process And Six Sigma
                                                                                                10. Manager Management
                                                                                                11. Middle Manager
                                                                                                12. Office Politics For Managers
                                                                                                13. Performance Management
                                                                                                14. Self-Leadership
                                                                                                15. Supervising Others
                                                                                                16. Team Building Through Chemistry
                                                                                                17. Virtual Team Building And Management

                                                                                                Workplace Essentials

                                                                                                1. Appreciative Inquiry
                                                                                                2. Business Acumen
                                                                                                3. Business Ethics
                                                                                                4. Business Etiquette
                                                                                                5. Change Management
                                                                                                6. Civility In The Workplace
                                                                                                7. Conflict Resolution
                                                                                                8. Customer Service
                                                                                                9. Customer Support
                                                                                                10. Cyber Security
                                                                                                11. Delivering Constructive Criticism
                                                                                                12. Developing Corporate Behavior
                                                                                                13. Handling a Difficult Customer
                                                                                                14. Networking Outside the Company
                                                                                                15. Networking Within the Company
                                                                                                16. Risk Assessment and Management
                                                                                                17. Safety In The Workplace
                                                                                                18. Team Building For Managers
                                                                                                19. Teamwork And Team Building

                                                                                                Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

                                                                                                1. Access 2016 Essentials
                                                                                                2. Excel 2016 Essentials
                                                                                                3. Outlook 2016 Essentials
                                                                                                4. PowerPoint 2016 Essentials
                                                                                                5. Word 2016 Essentials
                                                                                                6. Excel 2016 Expert
                                                                                                7. Word 2016 Expert