Janice Francisco stimulates thinking breakthroughs to drive innovations in organizational performance. She is a CEC Associate and President of BridgePoint Effect, an Ottawa-based consultancy she founded in 2001, intent on guiding learning and change with creativity and innovation.
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CEC Training Room
1900 Merivale Road, Suite 206
Ottawa, ON K2G 4N4
*Includes the cost of proprietary materials supplied by an outside organization.
"Janice is very knowledgeable about the subject... she owns it! That, with the combination of a great communicator, wonderful slides, materials and tools, made this day very worthwhile for me. Wonderful day! Can use this at work, at home, in life." - G. Maillet, Natural Resources Canada
CRITICAL THINKING AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING (G079)
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
Are you working in an ever-changing, tumultuous environment? Are you being asked
to "be creative" or "innovative" as you respond to complex situations, the likes of which
you've never dealt with before? Do false starts, narrow thinking, and a lack of processes
to support productive collaboration frustrate you?
Creative problem solving is a deliberate process that helps you adapt to changing
situations, organize your thinking, cope with gaps in information, generate ideas, make
better, more informed decisions and is essential to any attempt at innovation. Critical
thinking enables a deeper understanding of ideas, data, arguments and situations
through deliberate processes that help you make sense, find meaning, create knowledge
and gain control over your environment.
Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving is designed to support participants in
increasing the skill and confidence with which they apply best practices to foster critical
thinking and creative problem solving. It provides insight into the breadth of skills that
come into play in both critical and creative thinking processes and how these must be
deliberately engaged in creative problem solving. The course is suitable for personnel
across the full range of functions — administrators and professionals to managers — and
in communications or other areas. And the course puts creativity and innovation into a
government context referencing the government's innovation agenda and drawing upon
the Canada School of Public Service's 2006 Action-Research study to promote creativity
Takeaways include a re-usable Creative Problem Solving process booklet to guide your
thinking step-by-step; "thinker toys"; the results of your personal FourSight Breakthrough
ThinkingTM assessment; and references and resources to support continuous learning.
The content in this course is complemented by G055 Strategic Thinking.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- Where in the creative process you draw your energy and where you most comfortably fit within a team.
- Whether you are a "clarifier, ideator, developer or implementer."
- The habits of mind essential to critical thinking.
- The mind set critical to creative problem solving.
- The relationship between critical thinking and creative thinking and how they work together in the creative problem solving process.
- A simple, proven and repeatable creative problem solving process.
- How the creative problem solving process helps you organize your thinking about problems and challenges to make better decisions.
- Guidelines for creative thinking and critical thinking.
- Tools that that can be used to support each phase of the creative problem solving process.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMPETENCY
|8:45 - 9:00
||Introductions and Workshop Overview
|9:00 - 10:30
a Critical Component to Creative Problem Solving
What does it take to be a critical thinker? Participants will complete the "Are you a Critical Thinker?" quiz, explore aspects of critical thinking and the characteristics of critical thinkers. The relationship between critical thinking and creative problem solving will be introduced as will the mind set that is critical to creative problem solving.
|10:30 - 10:45
|10:45 - 12:00
||How do you Approach a Challenge?
Participants will complete the FourSight Breakthrough ThinkingTM assessment to understand where in the creative process they draw their energy and will develop awareness of the impact their personal thinking preferences have on problem solving and team performance.
|12:00 - 13:00
|13:00 - 14:30
||Introducing the Creative Problem Solving Process
Participants will be introduced to the creative problem solving process (CPS), guidelines for creative thinking and critical thinking, and the importance of phrasing challenges as questions. Participants will then be introduced to their CPS tool kit and how to select a tool based on the phases of the creative problem solving process.
|14:30 - 14:45
|14:45 - 15:30
||Using the Creative Problem Solving Process
|15:30 - 16:30
||Taking it Forward, Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation
Building on their learning from the entire day, participants will be encouraged
to identify strategic actions they can take to influence the application of
critical thinking and creative problem solving in their workplace. Participants will complete a short evaluation.