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Creative Thinking: Innovative Solutions to Complex Challenges

  • Date

    November 14, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    November 7, 2022

group at conference table discussing strategic planning and innovative solutions

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 with new and innovative solutions. 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.

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.


  • Anne Manning

    Anne Manning

    Anne brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms, providing counsel in strategy, marketing insights, communications, innovation, and creativity. Her work has focused on infusing marketing and communications planning with an empathetically based customer focus that results in long-term brand commitment and loyalty.
  • Susan Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    Susan is a senior faculty member at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, where she teaches and trains creative problem solving and innovative thinking. Her work includes designing innovation discovery processes, facilitating ideation sessions, customer insight and co-creation, and leading strategic meetings.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The 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.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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