Managing Teams Course for Innovation and Creativity

Managing Teams Course for Innovation and Creativity

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This managing teams course for innovation and creativity will provide a hands-on guide on how to foster creativity within teams. If you are seeking to promote a more innovative work environment that challenges your team’s historical way of working and generates new ideas for growth, then this team management course will offer a framework to do so. We will examine the type of environment that is conducive to creativity within a team setting. The difference between divergent and convergent thinking will be explored, along with the value in viewing a problem through different lenses using a variety of media.

The importance of ensuring that problems are defined using factual information will be highlighted in this managing teams course and how insight into a problem can be enhanced by using each of our senses. In moving forward, there is a need to deal with the root cause of the problem rather than addressing symptoms. In this way, deeper levels of insight and more robust innovation can be kindled.

Creative solutions typically arise from defining and redefining the problem. This is often a fertile source of inspiration, rather than relying on brainstorming alone. When solutions are generated, a conceptual bridge can then be used for linking disparate ideas and providing a new source for innovation. Ultimately this output needs to be tested against whether the innovation is ergonomically pleasing and simple enough to implement, whilst also checking whether the new ideas meet the needs of both internal and external stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this managing teams course for innovation and creativity, you will have acquired the skills needed to facilitate creative thinking and innovation within a team environment.

You will have a framework and a formula for stimulating creativity and innovation within work-based teams, whether these teams are in a sales, marketing, customer service, finance, operations, service provision or manufacturing function.

In addition, you will be able to design an environment that lends itself readily to both divergent and convergent thinking, within a culture that becomes more receptive to change.

By the end of this team management course, participants will be able to:

  1. Adopt a framework for bringing about creativity and innovation within any organisation, whether it is in the private, public or for purpose sectors.
  2. Foster an environment that is conducive to creative thinking.
  3. Influence the development of own mindsets and behaviours needed for creative confidence e.g. pushing the boundaries of current thinking.
  4. Apply a range of creative problem solving tools for use in a team environment.
  5. Strengthen the ability of others to work in a team so as to see and respond through the eyes of customers e.g. curiosity, listening and diagnosis.
  6. Facilitate brain-storming, divergent/convergent thinking and conceptual leaps across different ideas.
  7. Develop a change plan for taking inspirational thinking and innovation, then anchoring these creative ideas with an organisation’s processes and work culture.
  8. Translate ideas into tangible actions and outcomes within a team setting.

Course Content

This managing teams course for innovation and creativity will cover the 12 steps for creativity and innovation in teams:

  • Foster a risk-taking atmosphere
  • Find a space that encourages divergent thinking
  • Illustrate the problem using different media
  • Obtain factual information about the problem (not opinions nor opinionated facts)
  • Sense the problem by being emotional, critical, positive and conceptual
  • Use the customer to identify the “waste” currently being generated by the problem
  • Use the “5 whys” for finding the root cause of the problem.
  • Now succinctly define the problem
  • Redefine the problem by changing emphasis or substituting words in the problem statement
  • Build a conceptual bridge across any disparate solutions generated using brainstorming.
  • Design a solution that is simple and ergonomically pleasing, with convergent thinking.
  • Test whether the solution meets a "user story"

Intended Audience

This managing teams course is suitable for leaders, managers or supervisors who are looking to develop a team environment the foster creativity and successs. This management course is also suitable for young professionals who are aspiring to move into a team management role.

Delivery Style

This managing teams course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This managing teams course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

About your instructor

John Scott

John Scott

John Scott applies the latest advanced practices in the fields of business, leadership, organisational psychology, analytics and engineering to educational delivery. He has been involved in management and training for more than 30 years. He has held senior corporate and general management positions for multinationals across a range of industries, both in Australia and overseas.

As a global management consultant, John captures the most recent thinking and practices in the short courses he teaches at the University of Newcastle. John is multi-disciplinary, being degree qualified in business, psychology and statistics. He is also an accredited lean engineering practitioner. He has spent the last 15 years designing courses for a range of leading Australian universities, as well as one of the world’s largest private universities. With this background John brings to the University of Newcastle the most up to date short courses that will help equip today’s professional in global leading practices.


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