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M002 2-Day Master Class on Creative Thinking


Workshop - 2 Days

28 & 29 September 2017 YANGON

Thu & Fri

Trainer: John Teo

Achieving Breakthrough Results Through Creative Thinking

Edward de Bono said: “As competitions intensify, so does the need for creative and innovative thinking. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better. It is no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems ….. Businesses need creativity ….. To make the shift from administration to true entrepreneurship.”

Indeed, organizations today need people who are not “framed” by traditional modes of thinking, people who can approach situations with creative ideas and innovative solutions. This program will show you how to become such a person.

Based on the best-selling book “Game Of Thoughts: Understanding Creativity Through Mind Games”, the co-author will convince you that you can be a creative person, teach you the various techniques of generating innovative ideas, and show you how you can apply innovative thinking to achieve both your company’s objectives as well as to become a better person. This program will change the way you think and behave.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 2-day program, you will:

  • Know that a creative person is a successful person.

  • Understand how the mind works, and be convinced that you can be creative.

  • Know the difference between creativity and innovation.

  • Identify and overcome barriers to creative thinking.

  • Know the various techniques for generating new ideas.

  • Create a conducive environment to encourage innovative thinking.

  • Understand perception.

  • Effectively apply creativity in your workplaces and in your lives.

Who Should Attend

Leaders, managers, heads of department, entrepreneurs or anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their life and workplace.

Course Schedule


Module 1: The Need For Creative Thinking

  • The transformation of our economy

  • Need for breakthrough improvement

  • Creativity and success

Module 2: What Are Creativity And Innovation?

  • What is Creativity? What is innovation? What is their relationship?

  • The Creative Thinking process vs the Innovation process

  • How did we get “boxed-in”?

Module 3: We Can All Be Creative

  • Characteristics of creative people

  • The power of the mind

  • The split-brain theory: vertical and lateral thinking

  • Mental blocks and blockbusters to creative thinking

  • Thinking “out-of-the-box”

  • The “AHA” experience

Module 4: Creativity And Problem Solving

  • Defining the problem

  • Art of questioning

  • Exploring alternatives

  • Art of looking at the big picture

  • Selecting an alternative solution

  • Implementing and evaluating the solution


Module 5: Techniques For Idea Generation

  • Fantasy and visualization

  • Associations

  • Breaking rules

  • The SCAMPER technique

  • Problem reversal

Module 6: Creativity & Self-Development

  • Understanding perception

  • Seeing with new eyes

  • Reframing of the mind

  • Turning adversities into opportunities

Module 7: Nurturing Your Creativity

  • Breaking routines

  • Developing an innovative habit

  • The dangers of assumptions

  • Developing an environment for creative thinking

  • Actions that encourage creativity

  • How to maintain an innovative and enterprising mindset

  • Innovation at GE and 3M

The Approach

Puzzles, magic tricks, creative games, videos, examples, case-studies, role-plays, self-analysis, group discussions and hands-on exercises will ensure participants can apply what they learn back at their workplaces.

About The Trainer

John Teo has more than 25 years of working experience in senior management and in sales and marketing of technical products and services. He has worked for an MNC, various SMEs and was a partner in a precision engineering company.

Right from his first job in Diethelm Singapore, a MNC, John helped to start up a Marine Department from scratch to become a profitable division within two years.

In 1984, he was head hunted to help Material Handling Engineering Ltd, a SME, promote its business locally as well as abroad. As the General Manager of its Products Division, John spearheaded the product development of two company’s products, one of which was the first locally designed and manufactured Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). The company subsequently became public listed in 1989.

John helped out a couple of other SMEs in the information technology and multi media industries before setting up a precision engineering company with several partners in 1993. He became the Management Representative and brought the company to ISO 9001 certification in 1996.

John is a Certified Professional Trainer (International Professional Managers Association, UK), as well as a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (CPBA). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Singapore, and has obtained the Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment (ACTA). He is also a Co-Founder of the Association of Professional Trainers (Singapore).

John is also the President of the Singapore Branch of the International Brotherhood of Magicians that has its HQ in the USA. He frequently uses magic in his lectures and presentations not only to enliven the audience, but to bring out important principles in a fun way.

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