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Creativity with Constraints

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Blue Sky thinking and imagining ideal worlds are great for visioning and identifying where we want to go. But the realities of budget reductions, compliance, risk reduction, and time and resource constraints can make it a real challenge to be creative and think outside the box. These very real complexities require us now more than ever to think creatively and generate new ideas within the confines of our environment. Real innovation happens when vision and constraint intersect.

Liz Aebersold instructor for Creative Leadership program

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This class looks at creativity from a practical perspective. We explore ways to embrace constraints and use them as a starting point for new thinking. Creativity doesn’t have to mean throwing out all the rules or pretending they don’t exist. We’ll get inside the box and learn how to problem-solve our way through the constraints we’re confronted with allowing us to think about possible real outcomes.

This course is part of the Creative Leadership and Innovation Management Certificate program.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone with leadership responsibilities
  • Potential leaders who want to develop leadership skills
  • Executive level management
  • Directors
  • Managers, supervisors, and team leaders
  • Project managers and team members

Continuing Education and Recertification Hours

  • .65 CEUs
  • 7.0 PDUs
  • After completing the course please contact the Program Coordinator for the PMI® Course Activity Number

As a PMI Registered Education Provider, The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Development Center has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses (Provider # 1616).

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  • Explore a constraints-based approach to problem-solving
  • Learn how to start with and draw inspiration from what already exists
  • Learn to embrace constraints and cultivate, rather than stifle, creativity
  • Discover tools for identifying, understanding, and rethinking constraints
  • Learn how to see the box differently and use obstacles as opportunities
  • Learn to foster creativity within individuals, teams, and organizations
  • Learn how constraints can boost your creativity
  • Learn solutions for overcoming common “boxes” including Time, Money, People and Bureaucracy

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