The Complete Innovator Guide to Spark Creative Thinking

Learn to break patterns, boost creative thinking, find opportunities around and translate ideas into real action plans!
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  • Lectures 51
  • Length 6.5 hours
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

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WHY ?

It is well known that innovation is the growing engine for many successful companies around the globe, fueling the economy growth. Now, zooming to the individual level, companies are looking for such "creative leaders". Learning to be more creative and contribute ideas is becoming an important skill in many industry domains.

Creative attitude in our career can help us to get ahead, stand out from the crowd, capturing more opportunities along the way and adapt faster to ongoing changes around us. Becoming more proactive creative person will probably lead you to much more enjoyable and fulfilling life's journey whether you are a teacher, high-tech engineer, programmer, business man/women, doctor, college student and more.

We can apply creative thinking almost everywhere !

WHAT are we looking for ?

Did you ever wonder why some people seems to be more creative and innovative than other ? why they keep get a head in their career or business ? is that saved only for special people ?

In each and every one of us, the SPARK of the creative mind is waiting to be discovered. We will learn how to become much more creative and innovative. The course will cover the needed step by step framework for such important personal development.

HOW are we going to that ?

The course has more than 40 video lectures, divided to 8 sections. We will start our journey with introduction on innovation and creativity, next we will learn to adjust the most effective "creative climate" with some very important preparation steps. Then we will follow the creative thinking cycle, phase by phase, learning to boost creative thinking, translate ideas into action plan and much more.

ARE you ready to START your creative journey ?

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Excel skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Establish creative thinking attitude
  • Learn to trigger your creative thinking
  • Finding more opportunities around us to be creative
  • Write down and develop creative IDEAs
  • Driving you to ACT
  • Creative Project Management

What is the target audience?

  • Wide variety of students coming from different background and industry domains
  • Anyone looking for improving his or her creative and innovative skills

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
07:56
We will go over the course main :
  • Learning objectives
  • Building blocks and high level structure
  • Few FAQ
  • Two important recommendations before starting...

OK, let's start !

12:09

Understanding the main global forces leading to constant changes around us, like globalization and technologies improvements, the impact on small to very large business companies and how it is correlated to the increasing requirement for more creative thinking individuals across all industry domains today and in the future.

08:01

Starting with simple definition of "Innovation" , the type and degree on innovation and how we should benefits from applying innovative approach at different dimensions in our daily life.

09:49

Creativity is a skill that already exist in each and everyone of us being used even if we are not aware of using it. In the most basic level, creativity is the fuel running the innovation engine. Some people learned along the years to better express and sharp their creative capability while others forget how to spark their own internal creative power.

Our basic assumption is that every person can really increase his/her creative thinking power with the right support.

My Cheat-Sheet
1 page
Section 2: The Best Patterns Machine
Brainteaser - The Blue Monkeys Riddle
04:43
09:01

Our mind is one of the most amazing and complicated device in our body, with unbelievable capabilities helping us to manage the complex reality around us. Still, the way our brain process information combined with our limited sense is sometimes the main barrier to creative thinking while we gain and develop our personal mind perception along the years.

09:45

Each in everyone of us, develop many mind patterns along the years to better response to the complex external environment in our daily life. We will answer basic questions, like why our mind is using patterns ? and what are the main benefits and limitations related to creative thinking.

09:03

Creative thinking and logical thinking are not opposite forces, we must learn to mix between them and create the right balance point so they will be more harmonic waves in our mind.

My Cheat-Sheet
2 pages
Section 3: Setting the Creative Climate
02:03

Creative ideas are like organic creatures, the first step we need to take is to set the right supporting climate so they will start to grow and flourish in a faster rate.

11:33

The right attitude is definitely the most important element for constantly improving our personal creative skill. We will learn what is the best strategy to achieve that goal.

10:24

Most people create a virtual boundaries around themselves of what they can or can't do. Creative thinking requires a proactive approach to keep breaking and expand those boundaries of limitation.

09:55

For pursuing our personal creative and innovative project we need time. Without enough time and energy investment we can't really make constant progress in a reasonable rate. Finding more time to be creative is getting more important today then ever before, as we all flooded with digital information, preventing us to be efficient and productive in our creative thinking.

08:52

Ideas are the early seeds for changes, it is almost natural that some individuals, group of people, teams or even the all organization will not support some ideas. In some case, hidden forces will try to prevent us from leading a new direction. We need to learn to overcome such forces and lead the way going forward with our ideas.

My Cheat-Sheet
1 page
Section 4: Seeding - Fueling our Mind
02:21

We can be more proactive with our creative thinking by using some logical steps that are summarized as part of the creative thinking cycle :

  • Seeding
  • Growing
  • Harvesting
02:44

For developing high quality ideas we need to do some preparation. Looking for opportunities to be creative and seeding some ideas in our mind in other people mind is critical and important initial element.

06:20

Creative and innovative opportunities are not going to wait outside our door, we need to be very proactive while looking for them around us. The first step is to setup the right state of mind.

03:58

We can't spend our time searching for opportunities in almost random way. The second step while looking for opportunities around us is to put our focus on the right places, where we have some edge over others.

11:47

After deciding the right places to put our focus we need to start searching. In many cases, great ideas are sitting quietly in all kind of places, we just need to fine tune our searching radar so we can pick them up on time.

06:39

As soon as we have some interesting opportunity in hand, we need to quickly setup an initial destination to start pushing the creative boat into the right direction.

My Cheat-Sheet
2 pages
Section 5: Growing - Spark Creative Thinking
02:54

The Growing phase is the second step inside our creative thinking cycle where we really start to invest energy to spark our creative thinking with all kind of practical methods and tools.

10:25

Cooking time is one of the most fundamental element of any efficient creative thinking process. Our unconscious mind is playing a key role of helping us to keep searching new creative directions especially when our conscious mind is going to rest for a while.

13:49

The JTBD method is used to re-focus our creative energy on the basic customers requirements, answering the simple and yet important question, what kind of job the customer is trying to get done. By breaking each job to sub-items we can better analyze where to put our creative horse power.

05:18

Our mind does not like knowledge gaps, by utilizing this tendency we can expose our mind to some gap related to the creative project and let our mind to start completing the puzzle in a creative ways.

03:27

Most problems, situation or challenges can be expressed in a visual manner, helping us to look on things with different fresh perspectives.

10:51

Analogy is a great vehicle to transfer our problem into totally different dimension, helping to escape for a while from the current problem's constrains. By comparing and correlating the two situations we can discover new thinking directions.

07:05

Gravity is a powerful force that constantly pull us in some direction trying to keep the system balanced. From time to time we need to inject new creative energy while trying to unbalance the situation. There are some easy to use methods we can use to inject that needed creative energy.

09:13

Gravity is a powerful force that constantly pull us in some direction trying to keep the system balanced. From time to time we need to inject new creative energy while trying to unbalance the situation. There are some easy to use methods we can use to inject that needed creative energy.

12:20

The world around us is based on many types of patterns. Some patterns are very simple and some of them are very complex. Many innovative ideas are born into the world as a result of understanding new and near future evolving patterns. In addition, patterns in nature are a great source of inspiration for many creative individuals.

08:26

The world around us is based on many types of patterns. Some patterns are very simple and some of them are very complex. Many innovative ideas are born into the world as a result of understanding new and near future evolving patterns. In addition, patterns in nature are a great source of inspiration for many creative individuals.

06:44

All our life, we are "selling ideas" to other people and in most cases without really aware of that "selling" process. When we try to "sell" an idea to someone else, we will probably hit all kind of resistances and criticism. This is very natural and we must embrace them, helping us to collect feedback and be much more creative while overcoming ongoing challenges.

09:44

In many cases, creative and innovative projects require collaboration of a group or team. In simple math 1+1=3. There are all kind of ways to collaborate with others, including group brainstorming, dedicated marathons, crowd-souring, collaboration platforms and more.

My Cheat-Sheet
3 pages
Section 6: Harvesting - Recording our IDEAs
04:41

Like the farmer that invested so much time, energy and resources to develop his land, and now he is waiting to harvest the corps. We can analog that to our creative project, where we are constantly investing creative power to gain better and better ideas.

07:17

It is not a secret that in many cases, our brain will forget things very quickly. During our work on some creative project, waves of creative energy will visit us in unexpected time, during driving, walking in the park, listening to music, watching a movie and more. It is critical to record our ideas with all kind of means to support the important harvesting phase.

05:31

Associative Mapping has similar development process to the way our brain store and process information. This is why this method is very powerful for many creative thinking applications. If you didn't used in the past, it is time to change that asap....

13:36

During the demo we will learn how to develop a new associative mapping from scratch around some product example related to Internet of Things (IoT) trend .

My Cheat-Sheet
2 pages
Section 7: Doing - Start to make things Happen
09:18

Keep thinking on something is only part of the story. The ability to move quickly into doing is critical element in the creative process. We need to learn to move between thinking and doing during the all creative project.

We will update our creative thinking cycle:

  • Seeding
  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Doing (NEW!)
17:11

Any project in the world has some objectives or goals and usually with limited resources. In many cases it is important to translate our creative ideas into real action plan providing us initial direction that can be updated from time to time. In this chapter we will learn to develop such project plan. Not every creative project requires detailed planning, still high level planning from time to time is important while we are trying to make constant progress in our project.

04:42

Any project in the world has some objectives or goals and usually with limited resources. In many cases it is important to translate our creative ideas into real action plan providing us initial direction that can be updated from time to time. In this chapter we will learn to develop such project plan. Not every creative project requires detailed planning, still high level planning from time to time is important while we are trying to make constant progress in our project.

07:14

Please download the attached "My Project Planner" excel file. We will learn to how to use that simple tool for planning our creative project.

10:10

During our project implementation we would like to track some of Key Performance Indicators in our creative project helping to keep the project momentum. In this chapter we will discuss about :

  • Tasks Progress
  • Scope progress
14:11

During our project implementation we would like to track some of Key Performance Indicators in our creative project helping to keep the project momentum. In this chapter we will discuss about :

  • Cost management
  • Ongoing problem management
  • Overall management (e.g. recalculating new path)
08:17

Please download the attached "My Project Dashboard" excel file. We will learn to how to use that simple tool for monitoring our creative project.

My Cheat-Sheet
1 page
Section 8: Summary
15:09

Almost finished our journey, now we would like to go over all the central key points we learned during the course.

02:57

What are the next steps in your personal creative journey ?

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Instructor Biography

Idan Gabrieli, Engineer and Entrepreneur (BS.c, MBA)

Entrepreneur and highly skilled professional engineer, Idan Gabrieli is a passionate creative person. Grow, lives and works in the startup nation, Israel, Idan gain valuable experience in the telecom and software market helping to promote constant technology innovation and tailor complex solutions for large scale customers in leading worldwide hi-tech companies.


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