The Opportunity Thinker Business Launch: 1994 in Southern California by founder, Lynda Curtin, to help clients strengthen their business results by deploying productive creative thinking tools and processes, a 21st Century business necessity. de Bono Thinking Systems methods are the tools she uses: Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, Focus on Facilitation.
First Client: Hughes Aircraft
International Experience: Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, United States
1992: Certified by de Bono in Six Thinking Hats during the business start-up
1994: Certified by de Bono in Lateral Thinking during the business start-up
1995: Launched Lateral Thinking power sessions
1997: Recognized for her contribution helping the global distributor earn a spot on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list; the sales increase was 785%
1997: Raytheon launches Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking workshops
1998: Standford Alumni Association invited Lynda to present Creative Thinking: Breaking New Ground for Creating Innovative Business Solutions. Her presentation was produced as a video and included in the Standford Executive Briefings catalogue.
1998: Nestle launches The Fundamentals of Creativity and Innovation workshops
1999: Southern California Edison launches Critical Thinking Skills incorporating Six Thinking Hats
2003: Inducted into the Innovator's Club for exceptional performance and innovative contributions to the application of de Bono Thinking Systems methods
2004: The Innovation Instinct concept and model launches
2004: Professional services--de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. retained Lynda Curtin to create, lead the product development, and commercialize a de Bono Advanced Facilitation course. Focus on Facilitation: How to Lead Productive Thinking Together Meetings that Deliver Remarkable Results was launched
2004: Completed a world tour launching Focus on Facilitation for de Bono Thinking Systems distributors. Led the train-the-trainer events
2006: Innovation Boot Camp Handbook launches. Written with David Markovitz of GMP Training Systems, Inc., David and Lynda's innovation program was included with the U.C. Irvine executive development curriculum focused on the next generation of leaders in the pharmaceutical industry
2006: HP launches three-day Lateral Thinking Innovation and two-day Six Thinking Hats Creativity Power-Sessions for workforce development
2006: de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. secures Lynda's editing services to update Lateral Thinking materials
2007: Joined the exclusive group of ten members worldwide qualified to lead events featuring the de Bono Suite of Productive Creativity and Innovation Thinking Tools: Lateral Thinking, Six Thinking Hats, Focus on Facilitation
2008: Johnson & Johnson launches four-day Focus on Facilitation Power-Sessions
2009: United States Patent and Trademark Office approve Trademark for The Opportunity Thinker
2009: JPL/NASA launches Lateral Thinking and Six Thinking Hats Power-Sessions
2010: Power-Up Your Organization's Thinking conversation sparker cards launch
2010: JPL/NASA launches four-day Focus on Facilitation Power-Sessions as part of their Innovation Foundry team member orientation
2011: LIFT Your Thinking PowerPoint Inspirational CD launches
2012: The Six Thinking Hats® method celebrates 20 years as a business process for creative thinking, collaboration, and communication. Lynda celebrated by hosting an exclusive two-day Executive Deep Dive in Los Angeles.
2013: Launched a collection of "LIFT Your Thinking" creativity articles
2014: Lateral Thinking celebrates 20 years as a business tool kit for creative thinking. Lynda celebrated by hosting an exclusive three-day Executive Deep Dive in Los Angeles.
2014: The Opportunity Thinker celebrates 20 years in business and continues to help clients resolve their business-critical challenges by providing coaching, meeting facilitation, speaking, and power-sessions with an emphasis on strengthening business creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.
2015: Working on a book: Meeting of the Minds: Facilitation Tips for Professionals
2017: Exploring legacy projects.
It takes a talented team to help Lynda work her magic with clients and product development projects. Technology leaps have certainly created the opportunity for independent consultants to do more than ever before.
Materials Distributor: Lynda has worked closely with Resources Unlimited, her de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. materials distributor since 1994. They have the best support team on staff dedicated to excellent customer service. Lynda couldn't run her business and work with her clients without this cherished partnership.
Graphic Designer: Mike Wheary--what a talent.
Event Coordinator and Social Media: Rachel Ostep--personable and professional. She is the young blood we all need to rethink how we operate.
PowerPoint Designer: Marilyn Snyder--a learning specialist with great insights. Marilyn is on a mission to put an end to "Death by PowerPoint."
Website: WordPix. Peggi and Earl are the salt of the earth.
IT Support: Les Curtin--this mechanical engineer can work magic. He is one of the most innovative thinkers around. Many of you also know he is one of Lynda's secret weapons when it comes to sharing relevant business examples of innovation. Watch this video of creating the world's largest lollipop. It's an excellent example of creativity in action and the effort earned a Guinness World Record. When was the last time you heard of a professional being hired to prepare manufacturing for the next 50 years?
Lynda will work with you to design events focused on your business-critical challenges that need a good dose of creative thinking to resolve. Work on challenges that are confidential and skill-up you groups more quickly. Call Lynda Curtin to start the planning process and to secure the dates in her busy schedule.