When individuals and organisations are faced with fast-changing trends, tough competition and high targets despite tight budgets there is a need for Lateral Thinking (L-Thinking). Economic pressures are forcing organisations to do more with less. It is important that businesses know how to foster innovation and how to accept innovative thinking when it appears.

They are energized to understand:

  • There is nothing more exciting ……than thinking of a new idea
  • There is nothing more rewarding…..than seeing a new idea work
  • There is nothing more useful…..then a new idea that helps meet a target

Competitive pressures force individuals to think beyond boundaries – the Innovative and Creative Thinking Workshop provides insights and invites exploration of how to think laterally and improve participants’ creativity competence. Participants understand the importance of looking to non-traditional avenues to find new products, new distribution channels, new marketing methods, new operational procedures …



Understanding & Accepting:

  • The need for creative thinking
  • The limits of logical and critical thinking
  • Why creative thinking is a learnable set of skills

Defining and understanding lateral thinking:

    • Creative & lateral thinking
    • Vertical & lateral: Logic vs. Lateral – disrupting sequence and reaching solutions from another angle

Discovering & Exploring:

      • How can you be creative? What does that mean?
      • How can you convince stakeholders to approve your proposals when they have never been done before?
      • How can you complement analytical and critical with lateral thinking?
      • Using concepts as a breeding ground for new ideas
      • Looking beyond obvious alternatives

Focus topics listed describe suggested course material, as with all training, consultation, and coaching the actual course material will be tailored to achieve targets set by our clients.



The workshop shows the participants how to extract the concept behind a group of alternatives and then use it to generate further alternatives and explore effective and creative solutions. Participants work through a series of challenges and PAR (Problem – Action – Results) activities and explore obvious and less obvious solutions. They engage in creative and lateral thinking to generate solutions to challenges and problems. They work and compete in teams to develop concepts, prioritise and analyse alternatives to meet the set challenges.

      • Presentation – Creative and lateral thinking & “boundarylessness”
      • PAR Activities
      • Techniques: random input, brainstorming, attribute listing, mind-mapping etc.
      • Business case studies

This workshop comprises outdoor and indoor activities according to the individual specifications.


Christoph Burkhardt, Our Expert on Innovative & Creative Thinking
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