Creativity and Critical Thinking
"Most business innovations are inspired by the question, What if . . .?" Michael Gelb.
If someone had not asked, "What if we shrunk computer chips?" We might not have the computer technology of today.
Creativity and critical thinking begins with being curious, by asking questions. Without that seed of curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and innovation will not flourish.
- Do I place more emphasis on finding the "right answer" rather than "Is this the right question?"
- Do I need to hone my question-asking skills?
- Am I willing to challenge my own views by questioning my opinions, assumptions and beliefs?
- Do I tend to look without seeing, listen without hearing, or talking with listening?
- Do I embrace the ambiguity and paradoxes in my work and life?
- Do I foster "whole-brain" thinking?
- Do I accept personal responsbility for my health and well-being?
- Do I recognize and appreciate the interconnectedness of all things, i.e., systems thinking?
If you or your staff want to take seriously to foster creativity and critical thinking that leads to innovation, then let me engage you in learning and applying the Seven Da Vincian Principles of thinking and learning like Leonardo da Vinci. I invite you to watch this 10 minute YouTube clip of Michael Gelb, author and international consultant on creativity and innovation.
These seminars are highly interactive and engaging. You will learn practical tools and methods to be creative and approach problem solving as a critical thinker. Along the way, you will learn about da Vinci, considered by many as the greatest genius of human history. Wouldn't you like to think like Leonardo da Vinci?
- Seminars can range in length from 2 hours to a whole day.
- Each participant will purchase Michael Gelb's book to use in the seminar.
- Participants will learn the 7 Principles by their Italian name.
- Kevin wears an Italian beret purchased in Florence, Italy.
Read Kevin's Guest Opinion "Asking questions equals innovation" in the Des Moines Business Record, March 15, 2013.
Michael Gelb's book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci was featured in The New York Times, Sunday, June 1, 2008, story on creativity and innovation. To read this story, please click on tthis link: Da Vinci, Retrofitted For the Modern Age
Watch Michael Gelb talk about da Vinci and his 7 Principles.
| How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genuis Every Day |
This is an information-rich poster-format guide to help you remember and apply the principles of da Vinci. It includes an introduction of mind-mapping and a step-by-step guide to making your own mind maps.