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Developing Innovation Skills

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'This highly interactive and experiental course will help you to develop your creative skills for business and life success. Corporate leaders consider creativity [1] to be an essential skill for the twenty-first century workforce. However, according to a recent Conference Board study [2], college graduates lack the creativity and innovation skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The Council on Competitiveness warns that "companies that do not embrace innovation (and creativity) as a core business value will fall to global competition.[3]" We will discuss profoundly important "meaning of life" issues that will serve to clarify your thinking and help you align your values and belief-systems with what you do on a daily basis at work and throughout your life. A substantial body of evidence indicates that people tend to be more creative when working on projects that interest them, and most creative when passionately immersed in their endeavors. We will focus on enhancing creativity in the workplace to achieve defined organizational needs, to add economic value to the organization; and to create social value as well. We will also focus on helping you to understand and apply a wide array of creative processes and tools to develop your creative competencies and skills. We will use breakout groups, role plays, experiential exercises, and discussions to facilitate your learning. Since we assume that your life is a work of art and you are the artist, this course is an invitation to you to explore and define what you want to create in your life. [1] The Conference Board defines creativity/innovation as the ability to " demonstrate originality, inventiveness in work, communicate new ideas to others, and integrate knowledge across disciplines." [2] Are They Ready To Work: Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Centruy Workforce." 2006. [3] Innovate America: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change. July, 2004. National Innovation Initiative, Council on Competitiveness.'