SOWING CREATIVITY, REAPING INNOVATION

 

 

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

 

Organizations today realize that creativity is critical to achieving and sustainng a leadership position in the marketplace. Specifically, innovation enables the improvements and breakthroughs that delight customers and incorporate new products and services never before imagined. Yet most organizations lack the tools, the processes, and the organizational alignment necessary to support innovation.

 

To foster the generation and implementation of new ideas, individuals and teams must learn to use new tools to leverage their creative abilities and an effective creativity process  to translate new ideas into productive solutions. Finally, the organization must install systems to remove barriers and create a culture that supports innovation.

 

By understanding the dimensions of creativity – Creativity Styles, Creativity Tools and Practices, The Creative Path, Taking Initiative, and Strategic Creativity Management – organizations can improve how they advance their market position.

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

 

Introduction to Creativity

Am I creative?

What is creativity

Neuro-physiological basis

Why is creativity important?

 

 

Creative Path

A step by step process for generating and implementing innovative solutions

Specify a challenge

Apply the steps of the Creative Path to a real life issue chosen by the participants

 

 

My Creativity Style

My preferred approach or style of creativity

Practice each of the styles

 

 

Establishing a Creative Environment

How do I create?

What conditions affect my creative performance and the one of others?

The Ten Commandments of Innovating

What’s my roadblock to creativity and the one of others?

Questions to Stimulate a Climate of Innovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

·        Know the environment that makes you and others most creative

·        Become aware of the biggest roadblock to your creativity

·        Knowing’s one’s primary creativity style and practice using all four creativity style

·        The ability to use innovation tools to generate ideas

·        Actual practice and progress toward an innovative solution to an issue

 

 

 

 

FACILITATOR’S BIO

 

Sylvie is a seasoned international trainer, facilitator, consultant, speaker and teacher. She is president of CFI Syllab Inc. Its mission if to facilitate the creative process.

                   

Prior to her consulting career, Ms. Labelle worked for more than 10 years in the financial services industry where she mainly linked the business needs of the financial institutions to the technology as a strategic tool.

 

Since 1992, she did many interventions in training, public communication, organizational development and strategic planning. She is a consultant in personal and organisational change.

She was assistant director at the Dobson Lagassé Centre for Entrepreneurship at Bishop’s University where she teached Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. She also teached Human Performance Technology at Montréal University at the graduate level and Leadership and its practice at HÉC.

She now consults at the Canadian Center for Management Development, where she helps redesign the Management Training Program (courses, assignments, technology, etc.).

 

In training, her expertise goes from needs assessment to evaluation, crossing the path of course design and delivery. She does executive coaching and uses instruments like 360o and questionnaires.

In course design and/or delivery, she works in creativity, innovation, leadership, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, human performance technology, coaching, interpersonal communication,  team-building, change management, stress management, humor, motivation, performance appraisal, productivity through value-based time management, project management,men-women relationships, multiculturalism, etc.

 

 

She has a diversified clientele: Private corporations (Pharmaprix, Bank of Montreal, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lévesque Beaubien Geoffrion, Eaton, Bell Canada, Bombardier, Spar/Aerospace, Caron, Bélanger, Ernst & Young, Royal Trust, Centre Immobilier du Mont-Tremblant, QUNO, etc.), hospitals, "centre d'accueil", public enterprises (CCMD, Development Bank of Canada, CN, CIDA, DND, Sûreté du Québec) and professional associations.

Sylvie is certified by Franklin Quest in Time Management and Project Management.

She is certified in the Human Synergistics Integrated Technologies.

She also is an associate for Can*Speak.

She has a diversified clientele: Private corporations (Bank of Montreal, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lévesque Beaubien Geoffrion, QUNO, etc.), hospitals, "centre d'accueil", public enterprises (Development Bank of Canada, CN, CIDA, DND, Sûreté du Québec) and professional associations. Her interventions also covers specific angles like men-women relationships and multiculturalism.

 

 

In the field of creativity, her clients are : Canadian Center for Management Development, Alcan, Middle-Managers of the Canadian Public Service, CSST, Reader’s Digest, Shell Canada, Mouvement Québécois de la Qualité, Hydro-Québec, ACSEE, Dominion Textile, LGS, Banque Nationale,  Public Works Canada, Corporation Cineplex Odeon, Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, Aetne, Noranda, QUNO, CIDA, IREQ, IMS Canada Lts, Coop Plus, Bristol-Myers Squibb,etc.

She designs and facilitates customized programs : creativity for women entrepreneurs, business creativity, creativity for communicators,etc.

Sylvie is certified by Edward de Bono to teaching and facilitating the Six Thinking Hats.This program of thought management makes it possible to capture the full power of parallel thinking and thus explore new problem-solving methods and discover new opportunities.

She is also certified by Edward de Bono to teaching and facilitating Lateral Thinking, which are structured and systematic tools covering all aspects of the creative thinking process.

She received a scholarship from the Center for Creative Leadership for its Leading Creatively program.

She was a leader at the Creative-Problem Solving Institue in Buffalo (N.Y). She is a member of the Board of theCanadian Creativity Network.

 

 

Sylvie Labelle is a regular member of the M.B.A. Association of Quebec, the Montreal’s Trainers Group and of the International Society for Performance and Instruction.

She has an undergraduate degree from McGill University in Business and Industrial Trainer Development and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in educational technology at Montreal University in creative leadership.