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Training Programs

Innovation & Breakthrough Thinking

Helping organizations and employees enhance brain function and innovative thinking so they can work more productively and effectively, and stay ahead of the curve in the workplace.

Breakthrough Creativity

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Creativity is not something a person either has or doesn’t have. Nor is it synonymous with artistic abilities. The fact is that EVERYONE is creative – but not in the same way. Just as there are different types of intelligence (traditional IQ, emotional intelligence or EQ, and social intelligence or SI) there are multiple types of creativity. To that end, this highly interactive course will help participants discover, develop, and apply their individual creativity style in a variety of workplace settings.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand creativity and the impact of creative talent differences
  • Leverage their individual creativity style strengths, while compensating for its associated weaknesses, as identified by the Breakthrough Creativity Profile
  • Practice effective brainstorming techniques
  • Apply the Five-Step Creative Problem-Solving Process
  • Engage in more creative problems solving and decision making

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Building a Better Brain, Building a Better Business

by Rachel Tenenbaum, MA

For organizations to excel, whether in times of chaos or flow, it requires the direct and conscious support of their most valuable asset: their people.

And for people to excel, ensuring one’s brain is in the optimal state is requisite. Unfortunately, much of what we do, unintentionally dries the soil in our brain, keeping us from fully absorbing and integrating new learnings, especially when we're dealing with the unpredictable. Building a Better Brain addresses the key components that enable maximum growth, resilience, and innovation.

Now, more than ever, shifting habits and addressing the components that support optimal brain function is crucial. Support your contributors to move from feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or disoriented to feeling supported, in control, and empowered.

Core topics addressed:

  • Keys to optimizing your brain
  • Neuroplasticity: Old & New Responses
  • Creative Solutions: How to engage more of your Brain
  • Mindfulness, Awareness & Mitigating debilitating reactive responses

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Critical Thinking and Decision Making

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Although most leaders recognize the importance of critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving, few have been formally trained in these skills. To that end, this highly interactive course teaches leaders effective decision-making and problem-solving techniques from a systems perspective – as well as providing the skills, tools, and strategies for thinking critically in the workplace.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the subtle, but important, differences between critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving
  • Distinguish between the three types of problems and then apply the three different approaches to solving each type
  • Leverage their decision-making style’s strengths, while compensating for its associated weakness, as identified by the Measuring Decision Style Survey
  • Apply effective numerical decision-making techniques
  • Engage in creative, systems-based approaches to decision making, problem solving, and strategic planning

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Kickstart Your Podcast: How to Get Your Podcast from Idea to Launch

by Elaine Appleton Grant

The podcast industry wasn't even an industry a few years ago – it was this quirky, independent thing that hobbyists were doing. Now it's a full-blown media industry that will soon be worth more than a billion dollars. What does it look like? What roles do various kinds of people and organizations play? Many companies who have a need to more effectively reach their audience are trying to figure out how podcasting fits into their plans. They know it's important but they don't understand the medium.

This interactive workshop, created especially for organizations that are ready to move forward with their own podcast program, helps communications departments and marketing teams get their podcast from idea to launch. Elaine guides participants through the steps and techniques necessary to create and operate a successful podcast campaign.

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One More Shot: Why Successful Businesses are Changing at Light Speed and How You Can Too

by Elaine Appleton Grant

This workshop helps participants understand the light-speed at which businesses are changing. It's no longer just "nice" to innovate – it's imperative. But we are all individual human beings and change is inherently hard.

As a journalist, Elaine has covered entrepreneurship and business for three decades. Over the last few years, she’s deeply studied corporate rivalries and the ways in which competition and cultural transformation demands constant innovation. Elaine provides real-life examples of the fundamental changes she is seeing in the workplace. Based on those lessons, she shows participants how to navigate the messy but exhilarating process of reinventing themselves. And she shows leaders how to help their employees and teammates do so as well. She draws on her experience hosting One More Shot, her own podcast program, to give participants proven strategies for overcoming challenging but predictable obstacles to change – whether it's change they are seeking or change that is thrust upon them.

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The Six Types of Working Genius

by Christine Kopec, MA

Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni and his team at The Table Group have developed a 10-minute online assessment called The 6 Types of Working Genius. The premise is that everyone has work activities that give them joy and energy and others that don’t. If they do the former kind of activity most of the time, they love their work. But if they spend their time in the latter, work becomes frustrating and draining.

Interestingly, what frustrates me might be what you love to do. But without the language to describe what energizes you and what drains you, it’s hard to advocate for yourself or assign activities to the most appropriate teammates. As a result, we lose out on the productivity gains that come when each person’s unique genius is harnessed.

During this interactive session, participants will learn the 6 Types of Working Genius (Wonder, Invention, Discernment, Galvanizing, Enablement and Tenacity) and discover their top 2 geniuses, 2 working frustrations, and 2 working competencies. Additionally, we will review the Team Working Genius Map to explore the team’s strengths, weaknesses, identification of roles and leadership communication.

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