DescriptionInnovation is the lifeblood of the global marketplace and the differentiator between successful thriving institutions and those experiencing the slow descent into obsolescence. Traditionally, organizations have relied on a variety of extrinsic motivational techniques to encourage innovation including high salaries, frequent bonuses and other fringe benefits. While these techniques may initially attract creative thinkers, they are not always effective at increasing creative ideation. By contrast, intrinsic motivation, with its focus on personal mastery and meaning, is much more effective at fostering creativity. In addition to an organization's motivational strategy, there are a variety of personal, psychological and environmental factors that influence creativity and should be taken into consideration when designing the ideal workplace. This seminar will cover the steps of the ideation process and appropriate ways to incorporate both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators into the various stages. It will explore the personal characteristics that influence creativity using an assessment tool and discuss environmental factors that can encourage and hinder innovative thinking in individuals and teams. This seminar will also give participants the opportunity to test out practical techniques which leaders, teams and individuals can use to increase creative ideation. The format of this seminar will be a combination of presentation, demonstration, participation and discussion. Before attending the workshop, please take 5 minutes to do the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA) on yourself. You can download the app or complete the assessment via an online survey. Download the app version of the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reisman-diagnostic-creativity/id416033397?mt=8. Complete the online survey versions of the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RDCAparedesJan15
Dr. David Paredes teaches courses in creativity, motivation and change at Purdue University and Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Learning Technologies from Drexel University and has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, as well as a graduate degree in instructional design. He has used this unique combination of disciplines to explore the ways in which knowledge is created and subsequently changed into new and novel ways of perceiving the world during the creative process. He investigated the complex relationship between motivation, creativity and change by analyzing the environmental conditions and types of interactions that would allow employees to take advantage of changing work environments for furthering innovation during mergers, acquisitions and major reorganizations. His conclusions served as the basis for his ongoing advocacy of intrinsic motivation in the workplace. He has been able to put his research into practice at several organizations as a leader in employee learning and development. In addition to his academic and professional experience, Dr. Paredes has also served as a consultant for KPMG’s People and Change division where he worked with Fortune 500 clients on developing methods for sustaining innovation during periods of major change.
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