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Leading Ideation: Tools and Techniques

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Creative thinking and problem-solving skills are critical for generating new and useful ideas. While creativity was once thought to be an innate gift, we now know creativity is a process that can be learned, practiced, and perfected. Everyone has the ability to be more creative and bring their own secret sauce to the table.

Liz Aebersold instructor for Creative Leadership program

Watch a video of instructor Liz Aebersold.

In this course, we learn the basics of how to apply creative thinking and dive deep into the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process. You will learn a structure and methodology for facilitating idea generation and problem solving sessions as an individual and within your teams and organizations. You will walk away with a Swiss army knife of creative thinking tools for generating, evaluating, and strengthening ideas. You'll also learn how to apply different tools to real challenges and have hands-on practice facilitating CPS. Perfect for people looking for tools to help them generate new ideas or lead a process to solicit ideas from others.

This is a required course for the Creative Leadership and Innovation Management Certificate program.


"If you have any preconceived notions about your creativity and ability to generate ideas, Liz will stand them on their head. If you don't believe you can lead an effective brainstorming session, this is the course for you. With a perfect mix of energy, content, and participation, this was one of the most beneficial and profound courses I attended in a long time."

Vadim Gorelik

"Well-structured instruction and excellent skills in drawing participants into the discussion. Sharing experiences added to the class material and provided insight to practical everyday use. Moves from theory to practical usage quickly."

Kenneth Lauber
Texas Mutual
Vice President Field Operations

Who Should Attend

  • This course benefits anyone needing to make decisions and develop creative solutions to daily problems and those trying to develop a systemic process for innovation within their organization.
  • Employees from all levels of organizations large and small and across all sectors

Continuing Education and Recertification Hours

  • 1.3 CEUs
  • 14 PDUs
  • After completing the course please contact the Program Coordinator for the PMIĀ® 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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  • Learn and practice a process for generating new ideas and solutions
  • Discover how to guide individuals and groups through the creative process
  • Learn practical tools that can be used immediately
  • Master a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools
  • Apply tools and techniques to real problems, challenges, and opportunities
  • Understand common blocks to creativity
  • Become a more effective problem-solver
  • Increase your flexibility and ability to deal with change
  • Make decisions faster and more effectively

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