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1 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Creating Creativity Even in Uncreative Work Environments--A Fun Approach Creating Creativity Even in Uncreative Work Environments--A Fun Approach Presented by Carole Buncher

2 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates 2 Instructor Background Carole S. Buncher, M.S., B.A Hello. Im pleased to be working with you today. I own Carole Buncher and Associates: The Competency Company (CBA), a small, emerging, Washington, DC-based training and consulting firm. CBA specializes in delivering a wide variety of training, primarily to the audit community, including audit report writing, public speaking, supervision, leadership, conflict management, and creative problem solving. For 23 years prior to establishing CBA, I led analyses of federal programs and policies for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). During my GAO tenure, I was also actively involved in designing and delivering audit training, both internal and external to GAO. Delivering training that is fun and results focused is my passion. I look forward to sharing my expertise with you and facilitating your learning and performance improvement experience. My contact information:

3 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Workshop Objectives At the end of this workshop, youll be able to: Understand and apply innovative problem- solving techniques Understand and apply innovative problem- solving techniques Creatively build effective teams Creatively build effective teams Creatively solve problems related to audit training Creatively solve problems related to audit training 3

4 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Stretch Target... Using dreams to set business targetswith no real idea of how to get there. If you know how to get there, its not a stretch target. Incremental goals inspire or challenge no one nor do they capture anyones imagination.... Using dreams to set business targetswith no real idea of how to get there. If you know how to get there, its not a stretch target. Incremental goals inspire or challenge no one nor do they capture anyones imagination. - Jack Welch 4

5 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Stretch Target How To Make Sure Auditors Get Their in Times of Tight Budgets Teams of 5 or 6 Teams of 5 or 6 Appoint note taker Appoint note taker 20 ideas 20 ideas No censorship No censorship No idea is too crazy No idea is too crazy Be the first team to identify 20 ideas Be the first team to identify 20 ideas 5

6 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Advantages of Stretch Targets? 6

7 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Creative (and Easy) Team Building Lion Lion Puppy Puppy Owl Owl Turtle Turtle 7

8 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates LionLion Take-charge personality Take-charge personality King of the jungle King of the jungle Comfortable in competitive situations Comfortable in competitive situations First to cross the finish line First to cross the finish line Decisive Decisive 8

9 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates PuppyPuppy Enthusiastic Enthusiastic Willing to do whatever is asked of them Willing to do whatever is asked of them Highly attentive to people and feelings Highly attentive to people and feelings Will try to resolve conflicts Will try to resolve conflicts 9

10 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates OwlOwl Wise Wise Go-to person Go-to person Analytical Analytical Likes theories, concepts, ideas Likes theories, concepts, ideas 10

11 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates TurtleTurtle Thorough Thorough Looks under every stone Looks under every stone May not be first to cross the finish line May not be first to cross the finish line Likes options Likes options Well organized Well organized Likes procedures and structure Likes procedures and structure 11

12 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Which Are YouLion, Puppy, Owl, or Turtle? How do the characteristics of your animal type add value to your job? How do the characteristics of your animal type add value to your job? What challenges do you face in your work place given the characteristics of your animal type? What challenges do you face in your work place given the characteristics of your animal type? What challenges might you face in working with each of the other types? What challenges might you face in working with each of the other types? 12

13 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Best Teams Are Comprised of: All the same type? No! All the same type? No! All different types? Yes! All different types? Yes! 13

14 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Brain Writing How to Reduce the Number of Training No-Shows Silent and written brainstorming. Silent and written brainstorming. Teams of six. Teams of six. Take out one piece of paper that you dont need. Take out one piece of paper that you dont need. On your paper, write one idea for reducing the number of training no shows. On your paper, write one idea for reducing the number of training no shows. Limit your idea to a short sentence or two. Limit your idea to a short sentence or two. When everyone on your team has finished writing, pass your paper to the person to your right. When everyone on your team has finished writing, pass your paper to the person to your right. On the paper you have received, build on the idea(s) written on the paper. On the paper you have received, build on the idea(s) written on the paper. Keep going until you receive your original paper. Keep going until you receive your original paper. 14

15 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Advantages of Brain Writing 15

16 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates The Need for Criteria in the Brainstorming Selection Process: Getting Highly Effective Trainers 1.In your team, brainstorm 10 ways to get highly effective trainers (both subject matter experts and strong platform skills). 2.Which is the best answer? 16

17 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates What have you learned today? 17

18 © 2008 Carole Buncher and Associates Questions? Comments? Carole Buncher and Associates: The Competency Company (202)


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