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Creative Thinking: Innovative Solutions to Complex Challenges

All Start Dates

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Cost

    $2,895

  • Registration Deadline

    April 20, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Cost

    $2,895

  • Registration Deadline

    June 22, 2022

  • Time

    11:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET

  • Length

    Every Thursday for 4 weeks

  • Cost

    $2,150

  • Registration Deadline

    July 28, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Cost

    $2,895

  • Registration Deadline

    November 7, 2022

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Learn how to grow a culture of creativity to innovate competitive solutions.

What You'll Learn

The most successful executives are inspiring leaders, smart strategists—and creative thinkers. They recognize the need to harness new thinking to envision a desired future.  

This program will empower you to transform your thinking from the standard “why we can’t” to the innovative “how might we”. You’ll crack the code on how to consistently leverage your team’s creative genius in order to solve complex problems and drive change within your organization.

Innovation experts Anne Manning and Susan Robertson bring to this powerful program their decades of experience promoting corporate innovation, teaching the art of creative problem solving, and applying the principles of brain science.  

During this program, you will learn how to remove barriers to creativity, cultivate courage, create more agile, proactive, and inspired teams, and build a climate for innovation. You’ll return to the job with a new creative leadership vision, renewed enthusiasm, and the skills and tools you need to  tackle challenges and seize opportunities.

Program Benefits

  • Become a more nimble, proactive, and inspired thinker and leader.
  • Create the type of climate that nurtures rather than kills ideas.
  • Gain a practical tool set for solving intransigent problems by incorporating creative thinking into day-to-day processes.
  • Optimize a team’s success by managing cognitive preferences (yours and others) that drive successful creative thinking.
  • Retrain your brain to avoid cognitive biases that sabotage creative thinking.
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

Topics Covered

  • Fostering a culture that values, nurtures, and rewards creative solutions.
  • Managing cognitive preferences needed for successful creative problem solving.
  • Implementing a methodology that overcomes barriers to innovative thinking.
  • Reframing problems, making new connections, and challenging assumptions.
  • Using questions to brainstorm and solve business problems more effectively.
  • Generating and enhancing new ideas, strategies, and techniques.

Who Should Enroll

This program is for leaders at all organizational levels who want to learn a proven process to solve intransigent problems in new ways.

April Schedule

Day 1
• Creative Challenges: A Team Sport
• The Place to Begin: Reframe the Challenge

Day 2
• Ideas on Demand
• Building a Creative Organization

*This schedule is subject to change.

June Schedule

Day 1
• Creative Challenges: A Team Sport
• The Place to Begin: Reframe the Challenge

Day 2
• Ideas on Demand
• Building a Creative Organization

*This schedule is subject to change.

August Schedule

Optional Networking Session

Day 1
• Introduction to Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Day 2
• Creating Problem Solving Processes

Day 3
• Problem Clarification

Day 4
• Ideation

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

 

November Schedule

Day 1
• Creative Challenges: A Team Sport
• The Place to Begin: Reframe the Challenge

Day 2
• Ideas on Demand
• Building a Creative Organization

*This schedule is subject to change.

Instructors

  • Anne Manning

    Anne Manning

    Anne Manning is a founding partner of Drumcircle, an insights and innovation firm, and an Innovation Fellow with Encore.org. She brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms,…
  • Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson is an innovation strategist, facilitator, trainer, and keynoter. Some of the world’s largest corporations call on Susan to consult with them on innovation initiatives, strategy, and culture. Her work includes designing innovation discovery processes,…

Instructors

  • Anne Manning

    Anne Manning

    Anne Manning is a founding partner of Drumcircle, an insights and innovation firm, and an Innovation Fellow with Encore.org. She brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms,…
  • Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson is an innovation strategist, facilitator, trainer, and keynoter. Some of the world’s largest corporations call on Susan to consult with them on innovation initiatives, strategy, and culture. Her work includes designing innovation discovery processes,…

Instructors

  • Anne Manning

    Anne Manning

    Anne Manning is a founding partner of Drumcircle, an insights and innovation firm, and an Innovation Fellow with Encore.org. She brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms,…
  • Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson is an innovation strategist, facilitator, trainer, and keynoter. Some of the world’s largest corporations call on Susan to consult with them on innovation initiatives, strategy, and culture. Her work includes designing innovation discovery processes,…

Instructors

  • Anne Manning

    Anne Manning

    Anne Manning is a founding partner of Drumcircle, an insights and innovation firm, and an Innovation Fellow with Encore.org. She brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms,…
  • Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson is an innovation strategist, facilitator, trainer, and keynoter. Some of the world’s largest corporations call on Susan to consult with them on innovation initiatives, strategy, and culture. Her work includes designing innovation discovery processes,…

Certificate of Leadership Excellence in Leading Teams

Harvard Professional Development Program’s Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking and expand their leadership skills.  

Register for a qualifying program to get started earning your certificate.

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