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Creative Thinking Solutions Since 1994
Robust creative thinking skill is a necessity for professionals working at a fast pace in rapidly changing and demanding environments. On the other hand, weak creative thinking skills most often deliver “status quo” solutions that hinder results. The fact is, many routine business processes are missing solid creative thinking steps and creative thinking tools. This holds back the ability of groups to effectively:
- Engage in productive creative problem-solving
- Participate in meaningful brainstorming meetings
- Work on developing powerful new strategies
- Deliberately search for new opportunities
- Reduce cost and increase sales
- Develop marketable new products, services and systems
- Set up projects to challenge the status quo and find better ways
To tackle this creative thinking deficit, I started my company The Opportunity Thinker in 1994. My focus was, and still is, helping professionals to boost their creative thinking performance; to become opportunity thinkers. This mindset is future oriented and breaks new ground. It’s also totally invigorating and inspiring.
To help develop creative thinking skills I researched the market for creativity tools and processes. I selected the de Bono Thinking Systems methods:: Lateral Thinking, Six Thinking Hats, and Focus on Facilitation. These are world-class, proven and practical, they are appropriate the world over, for all cultures; and they stand the test of time - all important factors in my decision making. Today, we have more global work-groups that seriously require tools that work across cultures anywhere in the world. The de Bono Thinking Systems methods do just that.
In today’s fast-paced, diverse business environment, it’s absolutely essential for professionals to be skilled Lateral Thinkers so that they can transcend traditional concepts and create meaningful new ones. Lateral thinkers need to challenge the status quo and develop new ideas. Check out my Lateral Thinking section to get the full scoop.
I’ve been delighted with the results of these creative approaches. Consider the Six Thinking Hats for its incredible impact on companies’ market relevance and bottom line. When professionals work well together, as Six Thinking Hats teaches them to do, they help develop exciting and effective solutions, and solve critical problems effectively.
Are some employees hijacking the discussions in your meetings? Worse yet, are some attendees just sitting like bumps on a log and not participating? Take a look at my Focus on Facilitation, which develops professionals who can truly lead productive meetings. With several powerful creative thinking tools at their disposal, these facilitators become a wise investment in productive, highly focused meetings where everyone is engaged and results are practically guaranteed.
De Bono Thinking Systems methods also appeal to me because they are very flexible and work well together. There is no one “right-way” to apply the tools. (This would go against the grain of creativity.) I also like very much that clients can drop the de Bono Thinking Systems tools right into their existing processes. This makes the transition to de Bono tools seamless and it's a great bonus.
You’ll find my website filled with information on ways I work with clients:
- Creativity power sessions
- Business–critical meeting facilitation
Read my creativity articles to get some creative and meaningful tips. I'd be quite pleased to have you sign up for my LIFT Your Thinking Creativity Tips newsletter to receive fresh new ideas and updates. You might also want to download my free LIFT Your Thinking Inspirational Creativity Quotes PowerPoint presentation. It contains 50 of my desert photos with 50 creativity quotes that reinforce my creativity tips.
Let's work together to build your foundation and strengthen your future with professionals equipped with robust creative thinking skills. Call me to discuss your current situation so we can plan to meet your specific objectives.
Good thinking to you.