Thinka’s ‘Stimulate Creativity’ Workshop
What teams will explore
- Defining creativity as a learnable skill
- Identifying the opportunity, need or problem
- Divergent and convergent thinking
- Tools like the ‘Six Thinking Hats’
- Ideation session and‘ hackathon’ frameworks
What teams will apply
- A growth mindset approach to creativity
- Clearly defining the creative challenge
- Applying thinking styles to creative challenges
- The right thinking tool for the problem
- Techniques for hacking a creative block
Creative thinking skills are essential in the modern workplace – as more manual tasks are automated and organisations seek more from employees. When you have a team that is proficient in creative thinking, problem-solving and design thinking processes, you can uplift collaboration and get better project outcomes. In this complex world of work, businesses need their people to think on their feet, flex, and offer innovative solutions to problems. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare employees with practical ways to enhance creative thinking, brainstorming, and their response to problem solving.
Working with organisations across Australia, we know that organisations are facing new and complex challenges. Here are a few of them:
- New technology and rise of AI: Advancements in technology and the way we work will automate more manual work, and job roles, processes, products and services will change. Employees who think like entrepreneurs and have skills in critical thinking and designing creative solutions will become increasingly desirable.
- Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that organisations need to be able to cope with an unpredictable environment. Covid recovery, economic instability and hybrid working have challenged the ‘old ways of doing things’ and organisations seek innovative ideas and effective solutions to fit the ‘new normal’.
- Flatter hierarchies: Organisations are becoming flatter with employees having more responsibility and autonomy than ever before – especially in hybrid working environments. Team members are expected to bring a fresh perspective, explore ideas, and show a willingness to solve complex problems – not just ‘tick off a task list’.
- Increased collaboration: Organisations are expecting greater collaboration and teams that can readily engage in the creative problem solving process. If employees are skilled in creative thinking, problem solving techniques and design thinking, it makes it easier to work through challenges and achieve project outcomes.
- Unseen problems: More and more, organisations are coming up against new problems as the pace of working life picks up. With technology evolving at a rapid rate, a tougher talent market and increasing competition, organisations must solve problems quicker than ever to meet their customer’s needs and stay relevant.
Overall, these challenges can make it more difficult for organisations if they’re not skilled in idea generation and creative problem solving. However, with the right support such as Thinka’s ‘Stimulate Creativity’ Workshop, coaching sessions, and support from leaders, employees can feel more confident in their ability to ideate and find potential solutions.
With the help of this ‘Stimulate Creativity’ workshop, skills that organisations can put in place to improve creative problem-solving skills include:
- Convergent thinking and divergent thinking skills: When organisations invest in developing thinking skills and see their value, it helps to foster a creative culture. Instead of moving too fast into ‘solution mode’, employees take time to ideate and properly assess problems using design thinking frameworks.
- Becoming active learners: Active learning is a critical skill for employees in today’s work environment, as they need to upskill to keep up with current trends. Employees can develop their active learning skills by keeping an open mind, asking open-ended questions, and being prepared to reframe challenges.
- Problem solving: New markets, technologies and opportunities call for constant problem solving. Organisations are better equipped to deal with ongoing change when they have strong skills to assess the root cause of a problem, gather data, and apply strategies to find the best solution.
- Seeing the big picture: Creative employees can think strategically; they can see the big picture and are prepared to explore new opportunities to achieve outcomes. Employees can improve these skills by generating ideas, mind mapping, being open to possible solutions, and staying close to industry trends.
- Decision making: Employees make decisions with greater confidence when they’re a creative problem solver. Employees can build this this capability by working through different scenarios, researching best practice, and achieving a clear understanding before approaching decision making.
By developing competencies in these practical skills, employees can grow capability in creativity and find new ways forward.
What does this ‘Stimulate Creativity’ workshop offer?
Our ‘Stimulate Creativity’ workshop is specifically designed for organisations to develop skills in ideation and creative problem solving. It aims to provide participants with the skills, tools, resources and confidence necessary to generate new ideas and collaborate. Our experienced facilitators have worked with teams across Australia and draw from case studies to offer meaningful advice, practical strategies, and stories to learn from.
Why should my organisation offer ‘Stimulate Creativity’ training?
Being part of this workshop can help teams to improve their ability to ideate, solve problems, engage in design thinking, and collaborate. It can also help participants see practical ways to move ideas into action so they can execute on initiatives and solutions. The workshop experience is designed to help employees learn from each other and share strategies and experiences.
Who can attend this ‘Stimulate Creativity’ workshop?
This workshop is designed for team members. The skills we focus on build capability in creativity. However, this training can be easily customised for other audiences such as people leaders or middle management. A team leader might want to be involved in the session with their team too.
Is this ‘Stimulate Creativity’ workshop only available in person?
This workshop can be delivered in an in-person, virtual or hybrid format; depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of strategies, discussions and a series of activities to support on the job application. The training can be complemented with coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in helping participants break through barriers and build fresh confidence and creative capability.