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— Andersen Consulting

Innovation Facilitator Accreditation

Leading Innovation Sessions:

How To Facilitate Ideation and Creative Problem Solving Meetings

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New & Improved leading innovation sessionsPurpose

Creates a cadre of expert facilitators who can lead idea generation and problem solving sessions in your organization. Participants leave with the individual skills necessary to create innovative solutions and creative results with a group.

Description

This facilitation training program is designed to dramatically increase an organization‘s ability to create ongoing breakthroughs and confront problems creatively. Participants are handpicked leaders who are familiar with the basics of the creative process, innovative thinking and problem solving. Over multiple days, participants are trained in facilitation skills and then lead live Creative Problem Solving sessions that address their organizational challenges. They also receive personal coaching and feedback on their facilitation skills and areas of development. A range of tools and techniques are provided, along with a process to use when running group meetings to make them more effective and efficient. At program‘s end, participants master the creative process to such a degree that they can lead others through it successfully. As a result, organizations gain full-time access to in–house creative problem solving facilitators and leaders. ”Graduates“ of this program have gone on to lead creative problem solving sessions that have resulted in millions of dollars in financial gain for their organizations.

Duration

3–5 days plus follow–up days 3 and 6 months after the program

Group Size

8 to 16 (trainer–to–participant ratio held at 1 to 8)

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Key Benefits:

  • In–house experts who can quickly find new ideas, innovative solutions, cost reduction suggestions, and growth initiatives.
  • Company gains facilitators who are comfortable leading groups through the creative process
  • More productive and effective meetings
  • Enhanced process–consulting skills, enabling individuals to work with clients to uncover key goals and underlying challenges for organizational breakthroughs
  • Improved creative problem solving abilities.
  • Leadership, teaching, presentation and listening skills sharpened
  • Faster and more effective decision–making
  • Delivers direct impact to the organization by teaching people to create innovative solutions with everyday and/or significant workplace challenges
Meetings: Whether for sharing data, generating ideas, building solutions, or trying to fix something, they have to be the biggest energy and time sink hole that exists this side of the nearest black hole (which hopefully isn’t that close). Organizational creativity is constantly crushed by the gravitational pull of inefficient meetings. Unless there’s a facilitator who owns ... Read More >the process, but doesn't control the content. Too many of our meetings are unproductively dominated by the alpha male, the alpha female or the MOUTH of the moment. It’s tiresome. Unproductive. And not much fun. A good facilitator can not only keep that from happening, but turn meetings into a thing of beauty: productive, creative, efficient, effective and heck…even enjoyable beauty! If your meetings are sinkholes, add up the hourly rates of the people sitting there wasting time to arrive at lackluster results. If you can do basic math, you’ll see the potential savings in getting a few facilitators trained up. And that gets the rest of the minds in the room freed up to think. To create something new — or improved. Now that’s a meeting worth attending!