Innovation & Creativity for Project Managers

This workshop is geared toward helping participants gain the power to think more creatively, generate and implement your ideas, and practice performance-enhancing techniques to drive professional, personal, and organizational growth. During the workshop participants will practice creative thinking methods and learn how to align personal 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

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. During this lively, interactive, hands-on seminar participants will learn proven creative thinking techniques to generate new ideas and develop a blueprint for establishing a climate of innovation. Participants 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.


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®, which is 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.

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
  3.  Course Topics
    1. The Leadership Challenge
      • Leadership and the Importance of Creativity and Innovation
      • Establishing an Environment of Creativity and Innovation
    2. Present Mindedness
      • Preparing the Mind for Creativity
      • Unlocking Your Innovative Talents
      • The Voice of Judgement
      • Right Brain Thinking
      • Developing Personal Creativity
    3. Developing Creative Solutions
      • Old Tools – New Uses
      • Understanding Different Communication Styles
      • Techniques for Thinking From Different Perspectives
      • Quantum Thinking
    4. The Innovation Tower Exercise – A step by step process for:
      • Promoting Creative Problem Solving for Product Development or Process Improvement
      • Enhancing Team Performance
      • Developing an Idea “Treasure Chest” and Bright Idea Notebook
      • Team Activities That Will Unlock the Collective Creative Potential
    5. Closing
      • Summary of Key Points, Tools, and Techniques for Creativity
      • Connecting to the PMBOK Guide Knowledge Areas
      • Questions and Open Discussion
      • 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.


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

Instructor Frank Saladis

Keynote Speaker, PMP®Prep, Project Leadership

Frank Saladis is a dynamic and engaging instructor. Students have found his teaching style to be entertaining, energetic, and encouraging as he finds an inspirational approach to a variety of real life situations. He is a professional trainer who presents his thoughts in a lively and logical fashion, which makes him an excellent team member and consultant. He has published numerous leadership and project management books and articles. He is also an internationally known presenter at the Project Management Institute Annual Symposium, Project World and other project management events.

Frank is the owner of Blue Marble Enterprizes, Inc, a consulting firm that provides training and consulting on professional project management and leadership training. Frank is the originator of the now globally celebrated International Project Management Day. For his contributions to the promotion and development of project management, Frank received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award in 2013, the PMI Person of the Year Award in 2006 and the PMI Distiguished Contribution Award in 2015.

During Frank’s 30+ years in the telecommunications environment, he 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. His responsibilities included the development of project management offices (PMOs) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

Frank is a graduate from the PMI Masters Class and has a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from George Washington University.

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