Innovation and Design Thinking Skills

Leveraging Environmental Knowledge for Success

This article provides valuable insight with regard to understanding the dynamic business environment that surrounds us. It highlights the importance of being adaptable to the changing times, and the value in creating reliable and repeatable business methods, practices, and processes through a strong foundation of business knowledge and competency.

The Why and How of Strategic Foresight and Scenario-based Planning

Organizations across both the private and public sectors must improve strategic decision making to (1) succeed in the challenging environment of today, (2) overcome emerging complex and ill-defined problems, and (3) posture for success in an increasingly uncertain future.  Strategic foresight enables organizations to envision a range of possible future environments.  Scenario-based planning then enables organizations to develop an adaptive strategy for success as the actual future unfolds.

Strategic Foresight and Scenario-based Planning

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In this webcast, Jim Greer outlines the relevance of Strategic Foresight and Scenario-based Planning particularly in today's dynamic and increasingly complex environment. 

Developing Critical Reasoning and Creative Thinking Skills

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In this webcast, John Basso explores the wide support and identified need for critical reasoning and creative thinking skills.  In a recent Conference Board study, Human Resource managers ranked critical and creative thinking as the most important skill for employees.  How then do we approach developing these vital thinking skills to improve our problem solving capabilities?

Critical & Creative Thinking Tools

2 Days
ALIS Training Center - Arlington, VA; or Client Location
Presenter Bio: 
John Basso
# Participants: 
Up to 20 participants

In a recent Conference Board study, Human Resource managers ranked critical reasoning and creative thinking as the most important skill for employees.  In addition, critical and creative thinking skills are regularly cited by CEOs and HR professionals as key to work place success.  These skills are fundamental to successful problem analysis, solution development, and decision making tasks.  Research has found that adults can improve these skills by focusing on how to properly use tools and techniques that overcome biases and generate innovation.

Introduction to Design

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Today’s complex environment requires an agile and adaptive planning and decision making model to develop innovative solutions in a world of tight economic coupling, information compression, terrorism and regional uncertainty. At ALIS we have adapted the Design Methodology to enable effective learning, planning and decision making in the challenging world we live in today. In this presentation, Jim Greer introduces Design Methodology.

Design, Vision, Strategy, and Plans

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Individuals, teams, and organizations develop visions, strategies, and plans to work toward a desired end state. How do we define these key terms and concepts? Are our definitions and understandings shared by those we are working with? Establishing common, shared definitions for key terms and concepts is a component of working with unified effort toward a common goal. This presentation serves as an introduction to key terms and concepts such as: vision, strategy, design, and plans.

Top 10 Benefits of Design

The benefits noted here for the employment of the Applied Design Methodology are practical requirements for everyday problem solving in any organization that is confronted with complex problem situations.  Each of the topics described here represent both essential core competencies and desirable organizational outputs regardless of vocation.  The benefits of the Applied Design Methodology enhance corporate strategic direction, business model design and help to mitigate risk while ensuring organizational sustainability through a culture of discourse and shared understanding.

Overview of Design Methodology

The Applied Design Methodology is a five space strategic thinking approach to problem solving that optimizes business model design by overcoming the linear shortfalls of industrial-age planning processes.  This methodology uses a systems thinking approach that enables planning to chart the way from a current undesirable situation to a future desired situation.  The Design approach identifies problems and sets conditions for the implementation of solutions, assessment methods and adaptation mechanisms as the environment and problem situations change, enabling organizational leaders

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