Workshop: Problem Solving for the Modern Leader

Problem-solving is the act of defining a problem; determining the cause of the problem; identifying, prioritizing, and selecting alternatives for a solution; and implementing a solution. On the surface, it appears to be a very straightforward, almost scientific task. Perfect for critical thinkers. But what happens when science fails to find a viable solution? What happens when the person responsible for the solution looks at things less critically and more creatively? While we often think of creativity as an inherent trait, anyone—whether they're an undiscovered artist or by-the-book government professional—can learn how to be more creative. In this session, participants will explore the differences between critical and creative thinking, examine ways to learn creativity and discover how to be more creative both on an individual basis and in a team setting. We will discuss the importance and power of creativity, go over the barriers to creativity, and show some behaviors and techniques that can help you generate novel ideas or solutions to problems, as an individual.  We will also examine the best critical thinking strategies, and practice applying the right strategy, to today’s problems.  

Participants will be better prepared to:
Approach problems using structured methods of gathering observations, breaking cognitive fixedness, and generating creative ideas for solutions
Apply creative solutions and behavior-change analysis to innovation development and internal team processes
Avoid haphazard decision-making
Evaluate multiple alternatives both critically and creatively, to achieve effective results

$225 CSDA Member, $340 Non-Member (includes lunch)
11/7/2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Embassy Suites Monterey Bay Seaside 1441 Canyon Del Rey Seaside, CA 93955 UNITED STATES

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