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Great ideas and viable solutions just do not rain down from above. Innovators are not necessarily born, they are made. Innovation is not only an outcome but a process. To that end, this session will review the necessary ingredients to successful innovation. We will review the role innovators take in an organization in the Ten Faces of Innovation, obstacles to innovation in The Seven Deadly Sins, and how all efforts tie together in our lives in The Art of Innovation.
Jim Barnes is the Director of Operations for the Village of Wellington. He has over 20 years experience in public and private sectors in the planning design and construction of parks and recreation facilities including specific experience in local government administration including parks and recreation management, operations, programming, and training. He joined the staff at the Village first as Assistant Director of Community Services, has served as Deputy Director of Environmental and Engineering Services, Parks and Recreation Director, Deputy Director of Operations and was appointed to his current post in February of 2008. Prior to joining Wellington, Mr. Barnes was employed by Palm Beach County as well as a national multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in engineering, planning, and environmental services.
- Apply critical and creative thinking techniques to your work in order to find new and better ways to solve any issue (lower costs, improve processes, overcome obstacles, etc.).
- Discuss innovative thinking techniques such as: forced analogy, problem reversal and assumption smashing and apply these methods to your work.
- Define how to navigate roadblocks that hinder breakthrough thinking and discover specific creative thinking techniques that will stimulate breakthrough thinking and apply those techniques to current real-world business dilemmas.