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Innovation & Creativity for Project Managers
Gain the power to think more creatively, generate and implement your ideas, and practice performance-enhancing techniques to drive professional, personal, and organizational growth. Gain practice in creative thinking methods and learn how to align your ideas with corporate needs to add value and enhance individual and team performance.
 
 
What You Will Experience
  • Hands on practices that help promote creative thinking and innovation
  • Maximizing the connection between taking risks and creative thinking
  • How to leverage your own creative strengths
  • Brainstorming tools and techniques to cultivate creative thinking and generate ideas and solutions
  • Techniques for developing, analyzing and selecting options
  • Practices and guidelines that create an innovative work environment
  • Real-world practice: opportunity spotting/solution generating
How You Will Benefit
  • Practice creative thinking methods to generate ideas and solutions
  • Turn existing problems into opportunities for growth
  • Discover new techniques for securing enthusiasm for new initiatives
  • Encourage out-of-the-box thinking
  • Apply creative thinking techniques to foster innovation and improve systems, products and processes
  • Enhance morale, group performance and collaboration
 
Instructor: Frank Saladis

Frank P. Saladis, PMP, President of Project Imaginers Inc. received the prestigious Person of the Year Award from PMI in 2006 for his contributions to the organization and to the practice of project management.

 

Mr. Saladis is a Consultant and Instructor within the project management profession and has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications and project management training environment. He is a senior consultant and trainer for the International Institute For Learning Inc. and has held the position of National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy organization.

 

Mr. Saladis is the originator of the now globally celebrated International Project Management Day. 

 

He has written numerous leadership and project management related articles and has authored the following books:

  • The Project Management Workbook and PMP ® / CAPM ® Exam Study Guide that supplements Dr. Harold Kerzner’s textbook – Project Management, A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling?, 9th Edition published by John Wiley & Sons
  • Positive Leadership in Project Management, published by IIL.
  • Bringing the PMBOK to Life, published by John Wiley & Sons  
  • Project Management Leadership with a View, published by John Wiley & Sons  
  • Value Driven Project Management, published by John Wiley & Sons
  • What Executives Need to Know About Project Management, published by John Wiley & Sons  
  • What Functional Managers Need to Know About Project Management , published by John Wiley & Sons

He is a member of the International Executive Guild and the NRCC Business Advisory Council. He has also held the position of Vice President of Education for the Global Communications Technology Specific Interest Group of PMI ® and holds a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from the George Washington University. Mr. Saladis received the prestigious Lynn Stuckenbrook Person of the Year Award from the Project management Institute in 2006 for his contributions to the organization and to the practice of project management.

 

He is a Certified Project Management Professional and has been a featured presenter at the Project Management Institute ® Annual Symposiums, Project World, and Frontiers in Project Management. 

 

He is a past president for the New York City Chapter-PMI and a Past-President of the PMI ® Assembly of Chapter Presidents. Mr. Saladis is a Co-Publisher of ALLPM newsletter and a contributor to the ALLPM project management website.

 

 
Kay Wais

Kay Wais

Kay Wais is the President and founder of Successful Projects and an experienced project management instructor. She is known for her passion for project management and her innovative ways of teaching project management, including the creation of numerous training products including the Project Risk board game, the scheduling challenge, earned value simulation and the estimating game. 

 

Kay has 22  years of project management experience, a Master's degree in Project Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has helped many students become PMP-certified.

  

Kay has presented numerous project management workshops and classes and has trained many other project management instructors. She has taught project management for many years at Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse,  UW-Green Bay, UW-Superior, UW-Stout, UW-Stevens Point, Western Technical College, and the Rochester Community Technical College. She assists with project management curriculum design for many colleges, corporate training programs, and publishers (such as McGraw-Hill). She founded the La Crosse PMI chapter, became its first president, and has served in various positions on the board. She started the Certificate of Project Management program in 2007.
 

Kay and her husband, Ed Wais, founded The AVS Group in 1989, AVS Properties in 1998, and Successful Projects in 2001, all of which still operate under their ownership today.  They live in Dresbach, Minnesota. 

 
Learning Objectives and Outline
Creative thinking is essential to any organization! Relying on yesterday’s ideas, products and assumptions may prevent your organization from meeting the demands of today’s dynamic environment and the future demands of a competitive world. Now you can learn proven creative thinking techniques to generate new ideas and get a blueprint for establishing a climate of innovation in this lively, interactive and hands-on seminar. You will discover new ways to break through mental barriers, ho-hum thinking and roadblocks—in order to improve performance, stimulate creative thinking and unleash the creative potential in yourself and your team.
Main Course Objectives
  1. Explain the concept of present-mindedness
  2. Unlock the creativity embedded in everyone
  3. Increase your ability to utilize right-brain thinking
  4. Enable you to think and perceive “holistically”
  5. Begin a transition from Linear thinking to Quantum Thinking
  6. Practice an Innovation Process using the Innovation Tower ®, designed to walk you through a path of discovery, creative thinking and mind flexing exercises that will lead you to your own top innovation projects.

 

 

 

 

1.      Course Outline
    1. Introduction
      1. What makes a person creative?
      2. How can creativity and innovation improve team performance?
      3. Concepts of the Innovation Tower – Preparing to Create
    2. Objectives of the Session
      1. Develop the ability to switch on your creativity for idea generation and effective problem solving
      2. Develop a process for Innovation
      3. Practice the Innovation Process and Leave with Specific actionable Ideas to Improve Your Organization’s Products, Services and operations
    1. Course Topics
      1. The leadership challenge
1. Leadership and the importance of creativity and innovation
2. Establishing an environment of creativity and innovation
      1. Present Mindedness
1. Preparing the mind for creativity
2. Unlocking your innovative talents
3. The voice of judgment
4. Right brain thinking
5. Developing personal creativity
C.     Developing creative solutions
1. Old tools – new uses
2. Understanding different communications styles
3. Techniques for thinking from different perspectives
4. Quantum Thinking
    1. The Innovation Tower Exercise - A step by step process for:
1. Promoting creative problem solving, for product development or process improvement
2. Enhancing team performance
3. Developing an idea “treasure chest” and bright idea notebook
4. Team activities that will unlock the collective creative potential 
    1. Closing
        1. Summary of key points, tools and techniques for creativity
        2. Connection to the PMBOK ® Guide Knowledge areas
        3. Questions and discussion
        4. Recommendations for additional reading and reference

 

 
Who Should Attend?

Project Managers, project sponsors, team leaders, directors, supervisors, employees at any level who desire to improve their ability to think more creatively and generate new ideas to resolve issues, improve processes or to improve personal or organizational performance.

 
Materials

Participants in this program will receive a "Innovation & Creativity for Project Managers" workbook that serves as a good reference and refresher in the future.

 

Participants will utilize our Innovation Tower to assist in stepping participants through the process of innovation.

 
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