Innovation, Creativity, and Problem Solving

This course covers a problem solving/design methodology that will enable companies to easily solve the toughest problems.

Course Length: 1 Hour

What you'll learn

  • how to eliminate the limitations that hold back your creativity
  • ideas on how to improve your creativity, as well as innovation in your company and projects
  • a methodology that gives you a framework to creatively solve problems and create new designs

Course Description

Technical construction people and creative thinking don’t often go hand-in-hand—but they should. Creative thinking is essential to fostering innovation and leadership in every business. This is how companies will be able to face tomorrow’s industry challenges. Through the use of hands-on exercises and improvisational storytelling,

Brent helps teach technical-minded professionals how to improve the creative thought process in themselves and their companies and improve their leadership skills. He also covers a problem solving/design methodology from the Stanford “D” School that will enable companies to easily solve the toughest problems. This program is designed for any company that desires to inspire innovation and stays ahead of the curve in a competitive marketplace.

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • describe and apply strategies to remove the limitations from your creative thinking
  • implement a list of ideas to cultivate your own creativity and explain how to improve innovation at your company and on your projects
  • identify the five steps from the Stanford “D” school and how to implement them to improve your design approaches and creative problem-solving skills

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About the Author

Brent Darnell earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1981 and began his own construction career. He was an MEP Coordinator and Senior Project Manager on complicated projects like the Brook Army Medical Center and housing for the 1996 Summer Olympic Village. Because of these first-hand experiences, Brent speaks with a deep understanding of his audience and the problems they commonly face. His passion is to transform the industry into one that is more collaborative, more relationship is driven, and more fun.

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe and his clients include Skanska, Kiewit, Balfour Beatty, Clark, Manhattan, McCarthy, Heery, Beck, Barton Malow, Batson Cook, Granite, Brasfield & Gorrie, Jacobsen Construction, the AGC, ABC, DBIA, COAA, CMAA. He is also an adjunct professor at Auburn, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, teaching emotional intelligence and people skills to their technical students.

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