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Creative Thinking Made Easy (NSA)(SFC) 


The move from the old economy to the new knowledge based economy places a premium on adding value through knowledge, skill and above all else, creativity. This workshop allows participants to understand the growing need for creativity in organisations and how such creativity may be fostered and developed in themselves and their staff. At the same time it will help equip participants with the ability to recognise, appreciate and manage the creativity of staff within their own departments and to help change organisational culture in order to foster creativity in the workplace. 


• To recognize why creative thinking is essential for success in the workplace
• To define and recognize the various elements of creative thinking
• To identify the mental blocks that effect creative thinking and describe skills to challenge them
• To enable participants to both understand and use various techniques in order to improve their own creative processes
• To develop the skill to challenge self-imposed assumptions and to develop “out-of-the-box” thinking styles
• To use various creative thinking techniques to assist in a more creative approach to problem solving within the workplace.


The need for a new creative thinking mindset
• Paradigm Shifts
• The Changing Environment
• The New Economy
• The Decline of Manufacturing and the Rise of the Knowledge Economy
• The Need to Add Value through Other Means
• Problem Solving and Creativity

Creative Thinking
• What is Creativity?
• Creativity and Management
• The Six Phases of Creative Thinking

Mental Blocks that Affect Creativity
• Negative Attitude
• Fear of Failure
• Executive Stress
• Following Rules
• Assumptions
• Over-Reliance on Logic
• Believing You are not Creative

Creativity Blockbusters
• Attitude Adjustment
• Risk-Taking Techniques
• Stress Safety Valves
• Breaking the Rules
• Checking Assumptions
• Your “Internal” Creative Climate
• Creative Beliefs

Process of Generating Creative Ideas
• Vertical Thinking and Lateral Thinking
• Convergence, Divergence and Evaluative Thinking
• Creativity versus Innovation
• Generate Lots of Possibilities
• The One Minute Idea Generator
• SCAMPER Technique
• Problem Reversal
• Six Thinking Hats
• Excursions
• Brainstorming
• Mind Mapping

Procedures for Creative Problem Solving
• Split Brain Theory
• Metaphorical Thinking
• Analogies
• Framing and Reframing
• Redefining the Problem
• Random Word Association
• Lotus Blossom Idea Generation
• Evaluation of Ideas Generated

The Environment for Creative Problem Solving
• The Need to Modify the Basic Problem Solving Process
• Creating the Right Environment
• Personal Work Relationships
• Behaviours to Encourage
• Management Responses-Idea Killers or Idea Growers
• The Encouraging Manager
• Characteristics of a Creative Environment – How does Yours Compare?
• Strategies for Creativity

Develop your Own Personal Action Plan
• How to become an Encouraging Manager
• How to Develop Personal Work Relationships
• Recognise your Personal Need for Creative Involvement
• Create Your Own Personal Action Plan

Activities and Exercises  


Mr Teo, John

John Teo has more than 25 years of working experience in senior management and more than a decade of training, management development and facilitation experience.

John is the President of International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore Chapter) and he frequently uses magic in his workshops presentations not only to enliven the audience, but also to bring out important learning principles in a fun way. It is in magic that John’s application of creativity and innovation is most evident.

Combining his success in management, business and magic, John is best qualified to teaching creativity and innovation. John has previously delivered Creativity workshops to Neptune Orient Lines, National Library Board, and McDonalds Asia Pacific. Here is what one satisfied customer said of his Creativity workshop: "Thank you, John, for all your valuable instructions and hard work at our McDonald's conference. You were much appreciated by all of our attendees for your wit, charm, knowledge of subject and ability to deliver... You're the best!" – Carl (CW) Wolfe, Global Manager, Marketing, McDonald's Corporation.

Besides Creativity and Innovation, John also specializes in the areas of Teambuilding, Leadership, Managing Conflicts, Handling Difficult People, Interpersonal Communications, as well as Project Management. Some of his clients include Jurong Shipyard, Land Transport Authority of Singapore, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Ministry of Defence and Singapore Prison Services.

John is a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (CPBA), and a member of the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MMIS). In addition, he also holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and a Certified Professional Trainer from the International Professional Association, UK.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is interested to improve on their critical reasoning and thinking skills

Fee with NEW National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy: S$199.50 (inclusive of GST) *conditions apply

To be eligible for NSA subsidy, participants:
- must be Singaporeans age 50 and above
* Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for NSA funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.

Course supported for the new Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) funding

Union members may enjoy up to $250 unfunded course fee support when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP. Conditions apply. Visit www.ntuc.org.sg for more information.  



9 April 2018 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre 

Closing Date:

26 March 2018 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$374.50  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$299.60  

Group (3 & Above): S$337.05

NTUC Member: S$337.05


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

  • Complimentary Lunch - applicable at NTU@one-north campus only

  • Prevailing GST

Online Registration

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Methods of Payment

1. Credit Card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only)

2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

3. Invoice to Company (for Company Sponsored Participants)

4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

5. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A written notification to pace@ntu.edu.sg or fax to

6774 2911 before course closing date.

No cancellation charges (Full refund)



A written notification on or after course closing date.

No Refund

SkillsFuture Credit (if applicable):
- Participant to cancel their claim with WDA
- PaCE@NTU reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant

Replacement Policy

Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.


There is no replacement for participant utilising SkillsFuture Credit. Participant to cancel their SkillsFuture Credit claim with WDA.

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