Member Since: 21st Aug 2002
I am an author, facilitator and speaker on lateral thinking, creativity, innovation and leadership. My most popular workshop is on Creative Leadership. My books include:
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7th Aug 2016
Thanks Rus - you are helpful as always!
5th Dec 2013
Provide some oil drums and rope. Get them to strip down to their underwear and then build a raft to cross a raging river in January. Always generates useful learnings. But be sure to have a lifeguard on standby. I found that fatalities put a damper on the whole workshop.
27th Oct 2013
The article is sound but the principle of left brain vs right brain is still valuable as a metaphor for how we think. Most people are analytical, critical, judgmental, data driven. Few people at work use their imagination, creativity, artistry or intuition. And people grasp this concept rapidly - we can be more effective if we use all our cerebral capabilities.
8th Aug 2013
Great input. I like your suggestions and your agenda.
5th Aug 2013
Catherine and Fiona,
Thanks for your comments - very helpful
27th Dec 2012
Thanks Russ and Garry for your input.
Like you, I have only seen the video. I do not know the background. My client wants to run something smaller as part of my workshop because he believes it will help teach teamwork and creative problem solving. The client will provide the materials. I have to find the relevance and the learnings. And I have to fit it in seamlessly!
9th Mar 2012
The old dodgy plane (or wilting balloon) should bring out the selfish in all of us.
9th Mar 2012
Russ - yes I could try that.
12th Mar 2007
There are a number of exercises that get people to move outside the contraints that they normally impose on themselves. Star Trek is just such an example. I use and would recommend 'What if?' or 'Pass the Parcel' for overcoming assumptions and getting people to think of bizarre solutions first. I think it helps if you use an external facilitator as it seems it is easier for them to get people to try new approaches. More details on my website.
17th Mar 2006
I teach six hats on my creative leadership workshops. It always goes down well. Here are my tips:
1. Get six hats for all participants if possible. Wearing them helps.
2. Although they can be used in various ways I find it best that everyone in the groups wears the same hat at the same time.
3. Use in the sequence - white, red, yellow, black, green, blue.
4. Choose a controversial proposition to exercise the method.
5. Prioritise the top yellow and black ideas and keep them in view when wearing the green.
6. With the green hat the team has to try to improve or develop the proposition with ideas to deliver the yellows but mitigate the blacks.
7. Ask them to reach a conclustion while wearing the green hat.
8. Use the blue hat to analyse the process and compare it to a normal discussion.
They love it.