Innovation & Creative Thinking

Constantine “Dino” Kiritsis, 31.01.2017, M6 Educational Centre

View in PDF

Back View Gallery

Seminar overview

The main objective of this workshop is to stimulate and make participants to think differently; to think more creatively and to believe that they can challenge the status quo at their organization with ideas and add more value by doing things better. Innovation is part of the answer if implemented. This can be achieved by making participants understand and realize that innovation is a necessary requirement for competitive advantage, not an option. Creative thinking is a skill and there are techniques to use to develop this skill that will be delivered in this workshop.

Who Should Attend

Ideal for business and corporate managers, entrepreneurs, key talent and anyone who is interested in developing their creative thinking towards innovating.

How will you benefit?

· Stimulate participants to think differently
· Make participants understand how to generate ideas
· Make participants able to understand how to overcome obstacles in their own areas
· Make participants supportive to innovation and “changes” in general with their teams
· Make participants understand how to screen ideas & implement
· Make participants understand the methods/steps towards creative thinking

11:00 – 11:30 Registration and Coffee

10:30 – 13:00 Module 1: Innovation is a necessity for business sustainability
· Introduction & Agenda
  · Why are we doing this?
    · Understanding innovation
      · Some misconceptions of innovation
      · Challenges to innovation in the 21st century; - Video 1
  · Why is it so important?
  · Innovation as a competitive advantage
  · Main points concerning innovation
  · Case: How creative are you? – exercise

13:00 – 13:15 Coffee Break

13:15 – 14:45 Module 2: Overcoming obstacles towards innovation
· Recognizing and avoiding mental blocks and mindsets
  · Innovation barriers – let’s find them!
  · Exercise
  · De-brief – The Critical Success Factors for innovation
  · Culture & Sharing!
· Creativity as the basis for innovation
· Capabilities Based Innovation
· From problem to solution
· Systematic Inventive Thinking
  · In class facilitation

14:45 – 15:30 Lunch Break

15:30 – 17:00 Module 3: Key take-aways & summary
· Main takeaways to cascade within organization:
  · Sharing ideas & Collaborating
  · Postponement of judgement
  · From problem to solution
  · Screening in terms of originality & ease of implementation
· Main outcomes
  · All ideas are welcome in a creative session!
  · Avoid quick judgement
  · Create associations & analogies
  · Collaborate – sharing ideas & thoughts may be the solution

Constantine “Dino” Kiritsis
Constantine (Dino) is one of the most versatile professionals in business operating as PwC’s International Curriculum Development Expert in the CEE and as a Consultant for PwC in the Middle East. He is also founder of StudySmart in Greece, and an author on education guidance. He is considered a world-class inspirational trainer / presenter having trained and led diverse events for numerous corporations and associations. Apart from having set up his own companies as an entrepreneur, he has delivered over 10,000 hours of professional training, hosting & presentations in the last 20 years in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East mainly to corporate clients.
He has extensive experience in business start - ups, education and professional training & development by setting up Intercollege Globaltraining in the late 1990’s, before setting up and leading one of the first academies for PwC in Greece. In essence he led the quality approvals by major associations successfully receiving the highest standards on each occasion, while over 15 of his students have been national or international prize winners.
Dino has also done work with PwC’s Global Steering Committee for Private Company Services and has developed the curriculum, methodology and mapping procedure for PwC’s very successful Mini MBA programme being offered in the CEE region & the Middle East in close to 10 countries.
As a mentor on select business start-ups he has donated his services to close to 10 companies through charity / entrepreneurship organizations (Founders institute, I4U, Young Leaders) as well as successful start-ups (Member of the Board of Mye-tutor). He has been an active speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation, educational, professional training and business development issues in over 100 events in the past decade. His knowledge areas span from Business Mapping, business analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Corporate level training to developing programmes, career management and education, Professional qualifications (PQs) and teaching topics such as Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Marketing and HR (for specialist qualifications (ACCA, CIA, CIMA, SHRM) and Universities (for the University of Surrey (UK), University of Strathclyde (UK), Henley Management College, University of Nicosia (CY) and PwC Academies in Europe and the Middle East. Constantine has also been involved in training for over 40 well – known multinational firms.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut (USA), a Masters and a PhD from the University of Surrey (UK), a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a Fellow RSA UK, a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants UK, and a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM – SMP) USA.