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Creative and Lateral Thinking

1 Day


This workshop explores the concepts and techniques of creative thinking and examines their application to business situations.

The programme adopts a practical approach so that the delegates will engage in a variety of exercises and problems, which illustrate the concepts and ideas under consideration.

Programme Objectives

Organisations will benefit from a new approach to problem solving, and energised methods of seeking out new opportunities.

Programme Content

How We Think

  • Recognition
  • Concepts
  • Labelling
  • Pattern formation
  • Vertical thinking
  • The concept of lateral thinking
  • Other forms of creative thinking

The Uses of Lateral Thinking

  • The Generation of New Ideas
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision and Choice
  • Reassessment
  • The Prevention of Polarisation and Sharp Divisions

Techniques of Lateral Thinking

  • The Generation of Alternatives
  • Challenging Assumptions
  • The Suspension of Judgement
  • Analysis of Ideas
  • Fractionation and Reversal
  • Brainstorming
  • Entry Points and Attention Areas
  • Random Stimulation
  • Re-examining Labels
  • New Language

Six Hat Thinking

  • What it is and how it can be used

Applications of Creative Thinking

  • Creativity, Design and Innovation
  • Improvement, Review and Productivity
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Team Building and Meetings
  • Problem Solving and the Resolution of Crises
  • Decision-Making and Evaluation