Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Bruce Baum

 

Dr. R. Bruce Baum is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and the co-founder of Applied Learning Associates. He has over twenty articles in professional journals and is author of How to Motivate Audiences: 121 Warmups, Icebreakers and Activities for Promoting Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork and Laughter (Bates Jackson), The Almost Wet Your Pants Book of Humor (AuthorHouse) and the MEGA TRAINING CD.  In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leader Award from the Creative Education Foundation, and in 2007 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Dr. Baum is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Coordinator of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Humor Project, and Foursight and NBI certified.

He has consulted and facilitated with numerous companies, educational institutions, and organizations including General Mills, American Steamship, The Center for Creative Leadership, Harlequin Books, The U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Mentholatum Corporation, United Way Worldwide, Norampac, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  He has made presentations on a variety of topics in Singapore, Cyprus, Jamaica, South Africa (10 times), Costa Rica, Namibia and Canada. In his spare time, Dr. Baum is a Rocket Scientist, Bronco Rider, Taxidermist, Explorer, Brain Surgeon and Gourmet.

Speaker Spotlight: Eileen Doyle

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Eileen Doyle, president of Deeper Dives, provides highly interactive facilitation, market research and creativity workshops. Eileen has facilitated diverse projects such as ideation sessions, team building, market research, TV casting, and naming studies. She applies techniques that access right brain and left brain, creating an atmosphere where participants use all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

These include creative problem solving, projective techniques, archetypes, leadership/communication preferences and laughter. She partners with clients to clarify goals and facilitate their progress to actionable results. Eileen is a leader in the field of creativity, presenting interactive workshops at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. She is a Colleague with the Creative Education Foundation and co-hosted the first annual “Creativity Cruise” in February 2010.

She is certified in the MBTI®, Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™, Foursight™, Professional Researcher, Coaching, Get Clients Now!™ and Innovation Games®. Her favourite credentials are Certified Laughter Leader and international cat-sitter.

Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Black

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Since 1978 Dr. Black has presented at over 150 creativity conferences on 5 continents: CPSI for 34 years, ACRE in South Africa for 15 years. In 2012 he presented at three programs in Brazil in August for the first time making it 6 continents and 85 countries. Since 16 he had 48 jobs in the past 52 years: licensed architect, interior designer, graphics and signage designer, freelance cartoonist and writer, college professor at three different universities since 1980.

His travels have taken me to 49 of the 50 USA states and 85 countries where he has spoken and worked in most of them attempting to S.P.R.E.A.D. creative thinking throughout entire workplaces from individuals to teams to departments to entire organizations.

  • Ph.D. in the Teaching of Creative Thinking with Dr. E. Paul Torrance as major professor
  • M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling of Gifted, Talented and Creative Individuals
  • M.A. in Art in Interior Architecture
  • M.A. in Art in Visual Communication
  • B.S. in Architectural Design

M.I.N.D. Design thinking style model/instruments based upon his doctoral dissertation study into the matching of teaching and learning styles based upon thinking styles to teach creative thinking skills and tools.  Over 400,000 people have completed a MD in the past 30 years.

BROKEN CRAYONS: Break Your Crayons and Draw Outside the Lines has been published in 4 countries (USA, Turkey, Solvenia, South Africa) and translated into 3 languages (Turkish, Solvenian and Japanese).

600+ articles since 1980: leadership, communication, teamwork and creative thinking. He has co-authored books in the US, UK and South Africa.

 

Do you want a license to create?

Join Creative Thinkers in Abu Dhabi on October 19-20 to get your license to create and be inspired by Rosemary Rein’s keynote: GET READY to DRIVE CHANGE.  You have a license to create.

Now it is the time to learn the secret of converting your new  knowledge into wisdom and drive ideas to action.

BECAUSE….Knowledge that is not applied is Trivia! Implementation is where the rubber meets the road.

From the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and “Blueprint for Success,” get ready to start your engines and drive change to yourself, your organization and the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase the success of individual and organizational change efforts by a power of 10
  • Develop creative horsepower with 5 daily routines
  • Accelerate results with Stop, Start and Continue Thinking
  • Leave the Creative Thinkers Conference inspired and equipped to be the change you seek; to create and to inspire others to join you in racing to the finish line.

Rosemary Rein, Ph.D. is the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and a co-Author with Dr. Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard of “Blueprint for Success”. Dr. Rein serves as Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and the Creative Problem Solving Institute and is the Founder of YPO (The Young Presidents Organization) Retreats where she facilitated Think Tanks and Executive Forums for C Suite Executives.

The Director for Learning and Development for United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded philanthropy in the world with 5 billion in assets and 10,000 staff and 30,000 community volunteers, Rosemary brings to the Creative Thinkers Conference, unique expertise in business and social innovation with a knowledge of emerging learning technology, social media and customer and employee engagement.

A passionate and engaging storyteller , Rosemary was invited to attend this year’s prestigious Disney Imagineer Annual Summit where she had the opportunity to work with Pixar Studios and the Cast and Creators of “Frozen”. At this year’s Creative Thinkers Conference, Rosemary will lead a unique session entitled “Play, Create, Succeed” inspired by her work with Disney as well as deliver the conference closing keynote address.

Get Ready to Learn, Lead and Leave with a License to Innovate!

Communicating for Results

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By Wayne Morris

Communication is probably not something you would instantly equate with creativity. It’s something that we do throughout our lives, but often don’t give much thought to how we’re doing it. But communication is a skill (and perhaps an art), and like any other skill, it can be improved upon.

With better communication, we can enhance our relationships, both personal and business. And since just about everything in life is based on relationship, the impact of improved communication can be far-reaching.

Everyone should know how to know:

  • If there is no understanding there has been no communication [and how you can ensure better understanding].
  • Their communication style and why it won’t work with everyone.
  • How what you do over-rides what you say.

Wayne is the founder of Future Edge Ltd, a New Zealand based consultancy that specialises in applying ‘whole brain’ approaches to leading, learning and creating. He is an experienced, pragmatic and entertaining trainer and coach. He has facilitated leadership development workshops in New Zealand and creativity workshops in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Wayne is also an artist and a percussion addict. He is the author of the recently published book ‘The Creative Edge Workshop’.

Never Be Closing

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Advice for the accidental salesperson.

The ”Always Be Closing“ approach to selling is dead — and starting to smell. If you’re looking for a new, ethical, and more effective way to sell your products, your services, or yourself, Tim and Tim will point you in the right direction.

Based on several of the key concepts and tools in their new book, Never Be Closing, this session applies creative problem-solving principles to selling. You will learn 11 key steps to transform run-of-the-mill sales calls into productive sales conversations — from getting a yes to your request for a meeting, to establishing credibility, and delivering value — to build not just sales, but relationships. Because unless you can sell them, ideas are just… well, ideas.

Join me at the Creative Thinkers Conference on October 19-20 to learn how to identify the 11 critical steps in a successful sales cycle Identify and practice a wide range of credibility-building, questioning, and value-delivery tools to the sales meeting Understand how to separate content debriefs from process debriefs and how to apply each to improving sales results.

Gapping – Identifying & filling creativity gaps

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By Rache Rutherford

The 21st century is challenging, fast paced and ever changing. Sometimes our lives are spent just trying to keep up, to get things done. What we miss, are the opportunities, the undiscovered miracles that will solve our problems, change our lives and the way we do business.

We need to prepare minds to become discoverers, to be alert to what is around us every day. The future will not be kind to those who wait for others to shape world. Soooo……… Maybe you want to be rich, or famous, or fulfilled, or successful – or all of the above? It is time to learn the art of GAPPING!

In this session at the 2014 Creative Thinkers Conference you will: learn how to become a Gapper: seeing the white spaces around you, be introduced to the skills needed to fill these white spaces, learn the true meaning of Out of the Box thinking (and into the gaps!) and be amazed how the past, your environment, nature, the people around you… supply the stimulus for your next brilliant and new idea!

The Grateful Dead, rock band formed in 1965, once sang: “Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right” Come and discover some the light in some strange places…

How to Integrate Creativity in Organizations

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By Dimis Michaelides

CEOs around the world are increasingly taking a personal interest in innovation and are expecting creative outcomes from all of their people. Although innovation means different things to different people and organizations differ tremendously from one another, the things that drive innovation are in fact quite similar.

This workshop at the 2014 Creative Thinkers Conference takes into account the multi-dimensional nature of innovation and will show how innovative organizations mobilize the SOURCES of creativity in a well-designed STRUCTURE and with an appropriately-shaped CULTURE.

It is the skillful synthesis of twelve innovation drivers – Talent, Energy, Method, Individual, Team, Target, System, Ideas, Freedom, Engagement, Humor and Risk – that makes an organization innovative.

Participants will:

  • Explore twelve key drivers of innovation in an elegant model which emphasizes the importance of both structure and culture
  • Explore fundamentals of innovative leadership, teamwork and creative method
  • Discover a structured approach to leading innovation in their organization

The workshop will include interactive exercises original presentations and … a touch of magic!

For more, visit: http://citaconference.com/programs-2014/

Bigger, Better Branding Boot Camp

 

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By Janet Ross

Does your brand stand out? Or does your brand ‘promise’ not deliver? Your customers are more discerning than ever before. Your brand may need an evolution… or a revolution, to keep up with their increasing demands and keep them from going to the competition.

Your brand is more than just a logo. It’s the entire essence of your business. Your brand is how your customers, your suppliers, your partners and your employees experience your organization – it is critical to ensure that that experience is valuable, authentic and consistent.

Join us at this boot camp and kick your brand into shape:

  • Avoid the pitfalls of bad branding experiences.
  • Increase your value proposition by meeting your clients’ needs at 5 levels.
  • Learn how standing for something helps you stand out in a busy marketplace.
  • Identify the higher ideals that can grow your business up to three times more than your competition.
  • Discover ways to attract your ideal clients and employees to increase brand loyalty.

Attend this interactive session at the 2014 Creative Thinkers Conference and boost your brand’s value! Inspire your brand experiences to build more trust in the market. You’ll walk away with creative branding ideas that you can apply right away to your business.

Learn more at: http://citaconference.com/programs-2014/

Speaker Spotlight!

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Rosemary Rein, Ph.D. is the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and a co-Author with Dr. Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard of “Blueprint for Success”. Dr. Rein serves as Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and the Creative Problem Solving Institute and is the Founder of YPO (The Young Presidents Organization) Retreats where she facilitated Think Tanks and Executive Forums for C Suite Executives.

The Director for Learning and Development for United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded philanthropy in the world with 5 billion in assets and 10,000 staff and 30,000 community volunteers, Rosemary brings to the Creative Thinkers Conference, unique expertise in business and social innovation with a knowledge of emerging learning technology, social media and customer and employee engagement. A passionate and engaging storyteller , Rosemary was invited to attend this year’s prestigious Disney Imagineer Annual Summit where she had the opportunity to work with Pixar Studios and the Cast and Creators of “Frozen”. At this year’s Creative Thinkers Conference, Rosemary will lead a unique session entitled “Play, Create, Succeed” inspired by her work with Disney as well as deliver the conference closing keynote address.

Get Ready to Learn, Lead and Leave with a License to Innovate!