Accelerated Innovation & Creativity™
Train Your Brain to Think and Innovate Better, Faster and Smarter in Our Most Popular Innovation Training Workshop.
There is a reason why this workshop is called “Accelerated” Innovation – you will quickly learn a significant amount of valuable knowledge in two days of experiential action-focused training. We recognize that most workshop brochures are a few pages long to give you a quick overview of the training. However, we have found that most of our customers have been very interested in more details about what they will learn (and earn) as a result of their investment. Indeed there are hundreds of innovation workshops and seminars from which you can choose. Yet, we are confident there is no other innovation workshop that offers the caliber of training that we provide. To help you appreciate our award-winning training, you are encouraged to read the following detailed overview of the curriculum.You Will Focus on Actionable Goals & Learning Objectives
During this action-focused workshop, you will learn to:
Accelerated Innovation training has been designed to be effective for nearly anybody for almost any goal, challenge, problem or question. The workshop design is based on how most human brains think, and therefore can be used in a variety of job situations, functions, professions and age groups. The workshop has been valuable to people in management, sales, marketing, public relations, communications, product and service development, finance and operations. Students and professors at several prominent universities and schools have found the KnowBrainer to be extremely valuable.
The training has helped people develop new products, services and experiences. This workshop has helped people plan meetings, events, conferences and conventions. The training has helped people improve team collaboration and foster more innovation. You can use the training to help your customers, clients, consumers and audiences. Many people have used the workshop to prepare for entrepreneurial opportunities, change careers or find a new job.Flexible Dates & Locations Make it Easy to Schedule
Training workshops are scheduled on the following dates in several convenient locations.
Public workshops can be scheduled in most cities around the globe. To see a list of locations being considered, click HEREDon’t Expect Another Boring Workshop - “Experience” Innovation
This is not a typical workshop that follows a traditional meeting agenda. Our trainers blend proven instructional design methods with innovative “action-learning” techniques to deliver engaging learning experiences that achieve results. Over 60% of the workshop consists of experiential hands-on activities that are designed to stimulate, rejuvenate and invigorate your mind, body and spirit.
This workshop was designed by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman, who studied instructional design at the University of Minnesota where he earned a Masters degree in Communications. Haman also was employed as a trainer for P&G and instructional designer for Arthur Andersen’s Executive Education Center. Haman was recently certified as an Experience Economy Expert by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of the groundbreaking books, The Experience Economy and Authenticity. Naturally, many of The Experience Economy principles are incorporated into this workshop.
Review the following agendas is to discover how you will make the most out every minute of the interactive training workshop.
DAY 1 AGENDA - 8:30am-5:00pm
08:30am – Speed-Relating™ Networking
Understanding How Brains Think
12:00pm – Lunch & Networking
Know Better Brainstorming Techniques
Know More Innovation Tools
Learning Review & Preview
05:00pm – Conclusion of Day 1
DAY 2 AGENDA - 8:30am-5:00pm
08:30am – Speed-Relating™ Networking
Welcome: Overnight Insights Day 1 Review
28 Great Innovation Methods: Concentrate-to-Innovate™
Targeting Opportunities for Applied Innovation
Applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process (Part 1)
12:00pm – Lunch & Networking
Applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process (Part 2)
Know Value: Valuate-to-Innovate
Know Action: Activate-to-Innovate
Fostering Continuous Innovation™
Learning Review & Follow-up Preview
Conclusion & Speed-Activating™ Networking
05:00pm – Graduation Celebration!
Over two decades have been invested in developing, refining and testing proven models and processes that can be taught in training workshops. First, you will learn how the human brain consists of four quadrants that comprise the 4BrainThinker™ 4-Quadrant Model.
Second, you will be introduced to four unique processes that help you facilitate creative and innovative thinking. The M-Curve, New 3-Rs, ideate & filterate, and Accelerated Innovation process will clarify how you can think better, faster and smarter.
Finally, you will learn how to USE your whole brain by applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process that consists of Stage 1: Investigating Needs, Stage 2: Creating Ideas, Stage 3: Evaluating Solutions, and Stage 4: Activating Plans.
Research shows that “lack of tools” is a primary block to creativity and innovation. Innovators want MORE TOOLS, and FEWER PowerPoint decks, 3-ring binders and books. The compact KnowBrainer tool summarizes the entire Accelerated Innovation Process into a portable tool that can be taken anywhere and does not require computer hardware or software. The tool actually fits in a pocket, briefcase or purse. All workshop participants get a tool kit full of unique tools that accelerate innovative thinking. You will receive the latest version of the award-winning KnowBrainer Innovation and Creativity Tool that increases creativity by over 500%. The KnowBrainer summarizes the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation Process that is the foundation of the workshop and helps you apply the process and techniques during and after the workshop.
“The KnowBrainer tool was a great takeaway that will be quick and easy to use.”
- Amy Curtis, Abbott Labs
“The KnowBrainer (which I use every week) made for one of the most valuable training sessions in which I have participated.”
- Kevin Lawrence, American Express
“The KnowBrainer tool is invaluable. Understanding how to use this tool has revolutionized my approach to all of my business and personal endeavors.
- Janice Shokrian, EVP, DemingHill
“Size Matters; in this case, smaller is better. The KnowBrainer is a Napsterized version of Haman's knowledge. Using it day to day, doesn't require a $150 per hour consultant."
- Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba, authors, Creating Customer Evangelists
“The KnowBrainer is a power tool that gives your brain a head start.”
- Civil Service College, Singapore
"If you are looking for a creativity tool that is powerful, portable, and low tech, then you ought to check out the KnowBrainer… This tool does an excellent job of leveraging the mind's capabilities of association to a major advantage.”
- Chuck Frey, InnovationTools.com & LifeHack.org
All workshop participants learn powerful techniques that stimulate minds to innovate. You will become skilled at using proven techniques such as the Idea Exchange™, FlashThinking™, Questionating, Wordating™, Visualating™ and Quotemplating™ techniques.
Learn at least 28 Great Innovation Methods that help you concentrate your brain’s energy to optimize innovation processes, tools and techniques.
Over 100 people have been selected, trained and certified to be Innovation Trainers. These trainers have trained more than 100,000 people from 100 FORTUNE 500 companies in 50 countries. Our faculty has been personally trained by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman who founded SolutionPeople Innovation over 20 years ago.
You Can Be Personally Trained by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman
Gerald “Solutionman” Haman started several companies to help you develop the full power of your innovative potential.
He plans to launch illumiNation.com in 2010. Haman enjoys connecting interesting people with other innovative and creative minds. Therefore, he organized more than 30 Innovation Groups on LinkedIn that comprise a worldwide community of over 110,000 members. People call him “Solutionman” because of his ability to quickly help people develop breakthrough solutions.
Since launching SolutionPeople, Haman has helped people generate more than 3,000,000 ideas valued at over 2,000,000,000 dollars. Haman set a world brainstorming record by facilitating 8,000 people in a Thinkathon® at the Singapore Stadium to generate 454,000 ideas in less than 60 minutes. Formerly, Haman was an award-winning manager at Procter & Gamble and Arthur Andersen. In addition to creating the KnowBrainer, he also created the world's first innovative thinking programs for iPhones and iPods, software programs including the FlashBrainer™ and Innovation Activator™. Solutionman has a Masters Degree in Communications and Training from the University of Minnesota and teaches part time at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
In 2007, Haman was certified as an “Experience Economy Expert” by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of groundbreaking books including The Experience Economy and Authenticity. He incorporates many Experience Economy principles into his innovation facilitations and workshops. Haman also created certification training programs that designate graduates as Certified Innovation Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Questionators and Masters.
Guaranteed ROI (Return On Ideas) Means You Get Results
Your investment to participate in the workshop will be significant. Time, travel, transportation and tuition all add up. In order to justify your $2,500 tuition and expenses, the workshop must produce a high ROI (Return On Investment). Additionally, the workshop is designed to yield a ROI (Return On Ideas) that once implemented yield results worth much more than your tuition investment. If it does not, you can get your money back, or you can attend the workshop again.
Solutionman Gives You His Personal ROI GUARANTEE!
I invite you to join me or one of our trainers for a training experience that produces results. For over 20 years, I’ve been training, facilitating, coaching and motivating people to realize the full power of their creative and innovative potential. I want you to be very satisfied with your training results. If you are unable to generate ideas that are worth at least $2,500, you can take the workshop again, or we will happily refund your tuition.
Gerald "Solutionman" Haman, President, SolutionPeople Innovation
View My LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/GeraldHaman
An innovation workshop should provide you with innovative materials and resources. Traditional 3-ring binders are seldom used after training and become learning trophies that collect dust on bookshelves. THERE ARE NO 3-RING BINDERS IN THIS WORKSHOP. You will be equipped with several resources that can easily and frequently be used after the training.
Workshop participants get an Innovation ToolKit full of the following portable, user friendly, empowering resources that accelerate innovative thinking:
1. KnowBrainer® 4.0 Innovation Tool
2. Recordion™ Learning & Coaching Guide
3. Innovation Resource Kit™
4. 4-Column Left-Brain Planning Worksheets
5. 4-Quadrant Right-Brain Planning Worksheets
6. Idea Exchange™ Brainstorming Worksheets
7. Solution Evaluator™ Worksheets
8. Color Mini Posters of Innovation Models
9. Bookmarks & Desktop Learning Reminders
10. Speed-Relating™ Innovative Networking Cards
11. Speed-Activating™ Innovative Networking Cards
12. How to Questionate-to-Innovate™ Guide
13. Innovation Articles
14. Discount Coupons for savings on Innovation Software, iMusic, eTools and Apps
Our workshops follow the advice of Abraham Maslow who advocated that people need a variety of tools. The following card from the KnowBrainer quotes Maslow’s wisdom:
You get much more than a regular 3-ring binder or book, you will receive a complete SYSTEM. Your Innovation System includes tools, techniques, worksheets, planners, posters, bookmarks and eBooks.
Once registered, you will be assigned a Certified Innovation Coach who will help prepare you to make the most of your workshop. Your coach has attended the workshop several times, so he or she can offer you advice and guidance to help you before, during and after the training workshop.
You will be invited to participate in optional phone calls with your Coach before and after the workshop. Your Coach will provide you with up to three Innovation Surveys that will help you assess your innovation effectiveness and personal experiences. The assessment results will help you further prepare for the innovation workshop and your follow-through.
Your learning begins BEFORE you arrive at the workshop. You will be encouraged to invest important time before the training to talk with your Innovation Coach and start answering questions in an Innovation Journal.
Participate in a 60-90 minute “Anticipate-to-Innovate” webinar led by the workshop trainer or a Certified Innovation Coach. This advance webinar will also allow you to get introduced to other people who will attend the workshop. The Journal and webinar will give you a head start on contemplating topics addressed in the innovation workshop.
Your learning continues AFTER you leave the workshop. You will be encouraged to invest important time after the training to talk with your Innovation Coach, continue contemplating questions in your Innovation Journal, and begin developing your own Innovation Plan. The Innovation Plan will help you formulate the elements you need to apply what you learned during and after the workshop.
Thousands of people from around the world have graduated from the Accelerated Innovation workshop. They are easy to identify because they usually have a smile on their face and a KnowBrainer tool in their hand. You will also receive a colorful “Certificate of Completion” to frame and post next to your other awards, diplomas or graduation certifications.
Workshop graduates are invited to join exclusive Groups organized by SolutionPeople on the Linkedin Professional Network. Memberships are by invitation only and accepted Group members can display a logo on their Linkedin profiles, blogs, websites and business cards. Groups have been organized on Linkedin for people who have completed SolutionPeople’s intensive certifications for Innovation Trainers, Facilitators and Coaches. Additional groups and communities have been organized for graduates who have interests in specific innovation topics including marketing, sales, product & service development, healthcare, green/sustainability and several other areas. Below is a list of our Linkedin Groups that have over 110,000 members.
A Google search reveals over a million references to Gerald Haman and SolutionPeople’s innovation training and tools. Haman has been quoted or SolutionPeople has been recommended in the following books.
“Accelerated Innovation is one-of-a-kind program that has generated a 75% increase in innovation knowledge, 30% increase in innovation ability, and has created business solutions worth millions of dollars in new revenue and cost efficiencies, as well as billions worth of new accounts.”
– Learning Excellence Citation Award from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
“I hired Gerald to train our product management team on innovation this past year. His knowledge, approach, and tools were excellent. I would highly recommend him if you want to jump start your organization on producing innovative programs, products or services.”
– Dan Love, President, Medline Industries Personal Care (over 100 Medline people have been trained)
“We have regained our industry leadership position for innovation as a result of this training.”
– Gary Peterson, Vice President of R&D, Life Fitness
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Accelerated Innovation workshop recommend it to others who are seeking innovation training or just a new outlook on life and business.”
– Tori Berndt, Allstate Insurance
“The innovative approach to training combined with useable take-away tools like the KnowBrainer (which I use every week) made for one of the most valuable training sessions in which I have participated.”
– Kevin Lawrence, American Express
“I can't tell you how helpful Gerald and the tools he created have been! I attended Gerald's 'Accelerated Innovation' training and then sent the rest of my department. Whenever I hold or attend a meeting, people are amazed at the amount and quality of ideas that come out it. I attribute much of that to Gerald's tools and training.”
– Katie Schelp, McDonald's Corp.
“I highly recommend his innovation training for any company. Its applications are endless. It is a great value with proven results.”
– Deborah Hanlon, VP of HR, ESCO Technologies
“There aren't enough words to express the value I gained from attending the training--the experience is invaluable. Solutionman and his techniques are the catalyst for creativity, enabling actionable and innovative solutions that result in a "Return On Ideas."
– WS Walts, Bank of America
“The training was so successful that he was invited back by other groups within the company. I sincerely recommend Gerald and his company for innovative training to create new ideas to grow your business.”
– Jaime Borras, Wireless Silicon Group & Motorola
“When Gerald describes ROI (Return on Ideas), it was a real outcome for each of the teams. We walked away with more ideas than we could have imagined and left the workshops with concrete ways to implement them.”
- Raymond Truitt, formerly with TAP/Takeda Pharmaceuticals
“Accelerated Innovation training with the KnowBrainer tool has made it easy for our internal and international trainers to foster more creativity and innovation in our company throughout the world.”
- Andy Hines, formerly with Dow Chemical & Kellogg’s, author, Thinking About the Future
(Over 1,000 people have been trained at Dow Chemical to use Accelerated Innovation)
“Accelerated Innovation training is deceptively effective. You start out having some fun, playing with your new KnowBrainer tool and learning techniques to enhance creativity and innovation and suddenly you find you have a replicable and powerful process in your hands with the skills to use it in every situation in which you need fresh ideas. Soon enough everyone wants to know how you become the ideas powerhouse of the organization.”
– Dana Montenegro, Seriously Creative, formerly with Red Bull
“Simply an amazing experience. This goes WAY beyond just a creativity seminar. This is applied creativity, and WOW is it powerful. If you are looking to make your business expand exponentially, I highly recommend the training.”
– Peter Mars, Peter Mars Authentic
You will invest time to attend the workshop, so you need to regain that investment by saving or gaining much more time after the workshop. More than half of our workshop graduates surveyed revealed that they saved over 5 days of time in the 2 months that followed the workshop. One organization found that for every hour they invested in our innovation training the saved 5 hours over a six month period. For example, an 8-hour innovation workshop could produce results equivalent to a full 40-hour workweek. Our 2-day workshop could generate two weeks of time savings or gains.
Earn More Profit or Money
Time is money for many people. In addition to translating the time saved or gained into real dollars, there are other ways to profit from the training. Do you have a million dollar idea that needs to be developed? Our innovation workshop can help you earn those million dollars. Do you need to reduce costs or overhead? Our innovation training can help you develop the cost saving ideas. Do you want to grow your business and increase profits? Our training can help.
Learn Tools & Techniques
Lack of “tools” is the main block or barrier to innovation for most people. Abraham Maslow said, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” You will receive more than just a KnowBrainer tool, you get an entire innovation tool kit in our innovation workshops. Techniques help you leverage the full power of your brain and our innovation tools. We will give you a menu of over 100 techniques and train you to select the best techniques for a variety of situations.
Discover Smart Tips
We have discovered hundreds of tips that enhance personal and organizational innovation. Get ready to learn “28 Great Innovation Tips” in this thought-provoking workshop.
The award-winning 2-day workshop is designed to help you develop ideas and action plans to address your real-world goals, challenges and problems. SolutionPeople guarantees that you will leave with ideas worth more than your tuition investment. Tuition is $2,497 per person or less than $1,250 per day. A survey of over 1,000 graduates revealed that 80% of them generated ideas valued at over $50,000 from the Accelerated Innovation Training. One team of 25 people yielded solutions valued at over $273 million. If you do not feel you have gained at least $2,500 worth of value, you can ask for a refund or take the course again. SolutionPeople is confident you will generate ideas worth much more.Bring Your Team for Significant Savings & Group Discounts
Register your team or entire organization and learn how to “collaborate-to-innovate” while getting some significant savings. Save 20% for 2-4 people or 40% for 5 or more people. Groups can qualify for discounts and do not need to attend the workshop on the same locations.Experience Creative Training Locations
Gerald Haman believes “if you want to think outside of the box, you should not train your brain in a box.” In 1995, SolutionPeople created the Thinkubator® in Chicago so people would have an ideal space to experience creativity in action and become inspired by a wide variety of innovative resources. Many people have reported that an added benefit of experiencing the training in thought-provoking environments like the Thinkubator is that they are inspired to borrow ideas to improve their own workspaces, conference rooms, offices or cubicles.
Workshop participants will learn how SolutionPeople applied their proven Decorate-to-Innovate™ method to create one of the world’s most unique innovation centers. Workshops in Chicago are held at The Thinkubator or other creative venues. Our Trainers have the option of taking a “portable” Thinkubator on the road to other locations including conference centers, hotels, art galleries and museums.Get Free Subscriptions to Innovative Communications
Continuous communications will happen after the workshops to keep you engaged in learning and earning a significant ROI from your training. After graduation you will receive free subscriptions to newsletters and blogs that inspire continued application of workshop ideas on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Five valuable newsletters include Innovators Digest, Technique-of-the-Week News, Tool-of-the-Month News, VIP (Very Innovative People News) and Innovation & Creativity Training & Learning Opportunities News.
All major credit cards are accepted including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Individuals can register online by clicking HERE or on the link below. Groups can download a faxable registration form by clicking HERE. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-312-829-2852.Bring the Training to You with Convenient On-Site & In-House Options
Would you like to bring our training workshops to you and your organization? Our certified trainers are happy to come to your organization and train your team, department or organization. Our talented trainers have experience in training very large groups. We can come to you and share the experiences with 10, 100, 1,000 or even 10,000 people. We can tailor, customize, personalize, architect, design, style, minimize, or maximize for small groups or very large audiences.