Creative Ideas at a Snap of Your Fingers

with Creative Problem Solving Skills
What is the course about?

We all have problems. Problems come in all shapes and sizes – personal problems, interpersonal problems, problems at school, problems at work, etc. Any problem can become easy and fun to solve if you know how to think creatively. Anyone can be creative. It is not a matter of ‘you have it or you don’t’. With this course, you will learn how to generate creative ideas as the snap of your fingers!

What is the Target Audience?

This course is for you if you want:

  • to have more confidence to face up to challenges?

  • to live up to your Creative Potential?

  • to survive and succeed in the 21st Century?

 

No prior knowledge required. Course participants should come with an open mind to soak up our creative know-how like a sponge.

 

How Mastery of our Creative Thinking Know will Enrich Your Life
  • Gives you confidence to face up to challenges and live up to your Creative Potential

  • Enables you to effectively solve problems that you have not encountered before

  • Helps you to survive and succeed in the 21st Century

 

You will learn Significantly & Have Fun

The PCAN Model is a simple and powerful approach to overcoming any problem that you will face. It will help you break down your problems into bite-sized pieces so that they are more easily understood and you can solve them more effectively.

Move to: What Doria has learnt about the PCAN Model

 

Our 4 CreativeIdeas-On-Demand© Techniques are a series of step-by-step, proven thinking skills.

  • SCAMPER-Plus Technique - Move to: What Doria has learnt 

  • Concept Possibilities Expansion Technique - Move to: What Doria has learnt 

  • Idea-Fission Technique - Move to: What Doria has learnt 

  • The Problem Reversal Technique - Move to: What Doria has learnt 

 

These techniques will help you think illogically to systematically generate many ideas or solutions. These techniques are easy to understand and easy to apply.

Why This Course is Dramatically Difference from the Others
  • We use real-life challenges, examples, quizzes with suggested solutions, diagrams and photos to make our Creative Thinking know-how tangible.

 

  • We designed this course to compress more than 20 years of research into easy to understand materials which can be digested in 7 hours.

 

  • In the videos, you have a caricature of a lecturer to replicate the feeling of someone coaching you, encouraging you and punching through learning points.

 

  • We have selected 22 YouTube videos to complement our well-designed courseware.

 

  • This course is proven and time-tested in the Singapore Management University and numerous corporate training workshops. The skills taught in this course really work.

 

About the Course Instructor

Richard Mak is an award-winning entrepreneur. He holds an MBA in ‘Creative Problem-Solving’. He has taught the Creativity & Innovation module with the Open University MBA programme. He teaches the ‘Creative Thinking’ module as an adjunct lecturer with the Singapore Management University.

 

Richard Mak has more than 20 years of experience in research, consulting and teaching Creative Thinking. He has designed and delivered training programmes in Creative Thinking and Innovation to multi-national corporations, Singapore-listed companies, the public sector and educational institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, USA, China and the Middle-east.

 

As a practitioner in creativity, he has invented Zeros-To-Heros®, the world’s first board game in entrepreneurship. This game has been nominated for the MENSA Select Award. Richard is also a director of Alpha-Plus Training Consultants Pte. Ltd. (www.creativity.com.sg)

 

“The winners in life’s journey are those who are able

to solve problems creatively at the snap of a finger.”

Richard Mak

About the Course

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Appreciate the importance, benefits and value of creative thinking be motivated to learn significantly from the course.

 

  • Get to know yourself and change your mindset towards creativity.

 

  • Learn the different types of Creativity Killers and how to deal with them.

 

  • Learn how to boost Creative Thinking capability in 6 different ways.

 

  • Tackle complex problems where boundaries are not clearly defined. with the PCAN Model which is a step-by-step approach in creative problem solving. The PCAN Model breaks problems down into bite size, so that you can better understand and solve them.

 

  • Learn the SCAMPER Technique which uses a “Checklist Approach”. As you go through the 7 components of SCAMPER, you will be prompted to think of many alternatives that you would otherwise not have thought of. You will also learn the SCAMPER-Plus Technique. It is a more powerful technique than SCAMPER that leverages on the time-tested solutions from the internet.

 

  • Learn the Concept Possibilities Expansion Technique shows you how to ‘borrow’ time-tested concepts others have used successfully to stimulate you to think of creative possibilities.

 

Learn the Problem Reversal Technique on how to view problems in unconventional ways. The more you reverse the problem statement, the more innovative the generated solutions would be.

 

Course Structure

Section 1 – Value of Creative Thinking: This section will make you appreciate the importance of creative thinking and motivate you to learn significantly from the course.

 

Section 2 – Journey to be More Creative: This section will enable you to know yourself and change your mindset towards creativity.

 

Section 3 – Creative Thinking Killers: This section describes the different types of Creativity Killers and teaches you how to deal with them.

 

Section 4 – Creative Thinking Boosters: This section will teach you various ways to boost your Creative Thinking capability.

 

Section 5– The PCAN Model: The problems we are given in school are pre-defined where the boundaries are clear and precise. But in real life, the problems are complex. The scope of the problem can be unclear and imprecise. The PCAN Model is a step-by-step approach in creative problem solving. It breaks problems down into bite sizes so that we can better understand and solve them.

 

Section 6 – The SCAMPER-Plus Technique: The SCAMPER Technique uses a “Checklist Approach”. As you go through the 7 components of SCAMPER, you will be prompted to think of many alternatives that you may not have thought of. You will also learn the SCAMPER-Plus Technique. It is a more powerful technique than SCAMPER.

 

Section 7 – The Concept Possibilities Expansion Technique: This section enables you to ‘borrow’ time-tested concepts others have used successfully to stimulate you to think of creative possibilities.

 

Section 8 – The Problem Reversal Technique: The starting point in Creative Thinking is to look at our problems from a different perspective. The Problem Reversal Technique teaches you to view problems in unconventional ways. The more you reverse the problem statement, the more innovative the generated solutions would be. When you use this Technique, you will be able to produce creative ideas at the snap of your fingers.

 

How long is this course?

  • Total video duration: 8 hours

  • 8 Sections divided into 25 Lectures

  • 8 pdf downloadable files

  • 25 carefully selected YouTube videos

  • Quizzes with Suggested Solutions

  • Real-Life Challenges with Suggested solutions

  • Creativity Chill-Outs

For insights on this Creative Thinking programme

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Social Proof - Students' Testimonials

The following commendations highlighted the social proof of Richard's Teaching Statement from his students and corporate clients.

Commendations from students of Richard's Creative Thinking module, the Singapore Management University 

The professor is highly engaging, frequently posing insightful questions, stimulating student thought processes. The interesting class projects help foster group cohesiveness and mutual learning. The professor also commonly brings in personal life experiences so as to allow students to relate better to the concepts taught. (Student: Frederick Gan Wei Yew)

 

We get to do sandwich, visit art museums - 'out of class' activities.

It's a really fun module that provides me with an outlet to de-stress amidst the busy school term. Unlike the conventional seminars that we have for our modules, CT allows us to apply creative concepts that we've learnt on the spot during lessons, like the sandwich making project. By forcing us to create an innovative sandwich within the tight limit, our creative juices will be stimulated.

(Student: Rebecca Tan Xue Ling)

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