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  • Brandshatch Place

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    • 11th May 2021
    • 9:30am - 4:30pm
    • £295.00 (+ VAT)

In-house training

  • This training course can be tailor-made and delivered in-house for up to 12 people. Held online via our virtual classroom or where safe to do so, at your premises or a nearby venue.
  • £1195 (+VAT & travel)

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Why book this course?

The term ‘blue-sky thinking’ is a cliche for a reason. The business environment is not always amenable to innovation, and it’s easy to feel that your creativity is being stifled. From a heavy workload to strict processes and protocols, the absence of creativity can limit your problem solving abilities, and prevent you from delivering effective solutions.

Our Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making course will help you to understand the mechanics of creativity and innovation, and the ways to let them flourish. You’ll learn how to nurture and encourage creativity within your organisation, discuss methods and models for effective problem solving, and learn to apply a more analytical mindset.

Who is the course for?

The Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making course is ideal for managers and directors who want to explore new problem solving and decision making techniques, and who are serious about driving creativity in their organisations.

However, the techniques and theories discussed in this course, and the practical exercises undertaken, have lessons that can be applied at all levels. Any employee who relies on creativity or problem solving in their day-to-day work will benefit from this course.

What content will the course cover?

  • Understand what is meant by creativity and innovation

  • Discuss what encourages and stifles creativity within the business

  • Appreciation of relevant Creativity and Innovation theory

  • Practical exercises to experience different techniques for idea generation

  • Discuss and develop an understanding of how to implement innovation

  • Learn how to think more analytically in your decision making

  • Learn creative thinking techniques including the 6 thinking hats model for facilitating discussion and problem solving

  • Understand the structure of the problem-solving process

  • Tools and techniques for creative solutions including the Fishbone technique for cause and effect analysis

  • Work individually applying models to delegate’s own situation

  • Facilitated discussion of the results.

What will I get out of the training?

Learners will explore a range of different ways to generate original ideas, and how to implement them effectively. By talking through and working with different techniques, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how you can become more creative when facing problems or changes, and how to instil this creativity in your organisation. 

Central to our training is the way we engage with our learners, and tailor our courses to their needs. As well as discussing new methods for creative thinking and problem solving with your peers, we’ll explore the unique circumstances of your business, and your own approach to creativity - helping you to gain the most relevant information and advice.

What is the duration of this course?

This is a 1 day course.

The timings and format for our courses are as follows:

  • Scheduled training courses held virtually

Unless specified, courses commence at 9:30am and finish at approximately 4:00pm.  The day is broken up into modules, both online and offline to ensure engagement and interaction.  We also ensure that there are plenty of comfort breaks throughout the day.

  • Scheduled training courses held at one of our venues

Courses commences at 9:30am and finish at approximately 4:30pm. On all our scheduled courses, a hot lunch is included, and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

  • In-house & bespoke courses, held virtually or at a venue of your choice

For all in-house training courses, we will adapt the timings and format for the day around the needs of your team and business. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Who will train me?

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Director & Principal Trainer

Suzanne Shaw

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What is my experience

I have been fortunate enough to have worked across the globe, with over 20 years in senior management and training roles. Throughout this time, I have gained a wealth of experience working across a diverse range of teams, cultures, and industries.

My roles in learning and development have been across both the private and public sector. These included working as a European Training Manager, based in Italy, as well as Senior Lecturer, delivering customer service training to NVQ's levels 2 & 3. Whilst working as Head of Training at a Kent based consultancy, I also headed up the delivery of ILM programmes and became the Internal Verifier for all courses up to level 7.

In 2006 I launched my own Training and Business Consultancy, allowing me to incorporate my knowledge of Business Management with Training. My focus since then has been on developing and delivering bespoke Personal Development and Management training courses for not only SME’s but right through to large corporations and public sector.

What is my area of expertise

I oversee the Kent Trainers training programmes, including the Leadership and Management programmes, which are accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management. I maintain a keen interest in keeping our focus on delivering high quality, consistently relevant courses.

Specialist areas I cover include:
Management and Leadership
Performance Management
Customer Service
Team Development
Coaching and Mentoring
Personal Development

Why I love inspiring others

I have a passion and enthusiasm for training which I believe is crucial to any training environment.  I believe in giving inspiring, thought provoking training that is not only engaging but can be utilised in real life, whether that is in business or life in general.