Programs 2014

  Track 1—Leadership and transformation
Learn to lead—Sessions address corporate culture, qualities of leadership, transitions, conflict resolution,
managing and embracing change, mentoring and the evolution from survival to thrival.

  Track 2—Branding & Growthmania
Creative Problem Solving (CPS) meets branding. Leave your bland brand behind and stand out from the crowd. Discover the multiple possibilities of the 8 dimensional brand.

  Track 3—Creativity tools and skills
Turbocharging both sides of the brain—Creative Thinking Techniques, tools to generate new innovative ideas. New approaches in selling and enduring relationships.

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Sunday, October 19

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Opening keynote
Creativity, Courage, Passion—-the magical Synergy
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Creativity, Courage, Passion—the magical Synergy

  • Why have we become so ordinary
  • What don’t we understand about successful creativity
  • Not connecting the dots
  • Travelling through the Zones
  • Changing your language
  • The integrated model

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the nature of ordinary versus extraordinary
  •  To distinguish between creativity and successful creativity
  • To understand the essence of the different zones
  • To unpack the connection between creativity, courage and passion

To appreciate the attraction of the BE versus the DO


By Dr. Kobus Neethling

Dr. Kobus Neethling

Holds six degrees including two Masters, a Doctorate and Post-Doctorate (cum laude) in the identification and development of creative behaviour (Universities of Cape Town and Georgia-USA)

Rotary Foundation Scholarship 1983/84

Has written more than 80 books and 9 TV series including a number of international best-sellers (Including three new international best-sellers: ‘Creativity uncovered’; ‘Very smart parents’ and version two of ‘’Am I clever or am I stupid’—has sold more than 200000 copies))

Guinness World Record Holder: Co-author of “Making the Impossible possible” —the book of more than a 100 pages written in the fastest time ever —four and a half minutes

Has received 10 International Who’s Who Awards including Personality of the Year (2000); One of 2000 outstanding Scholars of the 20th century (1999: Cambridge England) and The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals Award

Received the 1998 International Leadership Award from the Creative Problem Solving Institute—USA:

Received the first International Creative Genius Award (2004) from the International Genius Acadamy (USA)

Developed the largest battery of Whole Brain Instruments in the world (used in 30 countries) including the acclaimed 8-Dimension Brain Model

International Silver Screen Award (for a TV episode called Creativity –2005)

Works with major corporations, national sporting teams, and education groups from all over the world

Voted by Femina magazine as one of the six best presenters in South Africa

Co-developer of the Hit TV show  “ Out of the Box” —WINNER OF THE 2007 ‘US INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL’ SILVER SCREEN AWARD

2008 Recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award (Mumbai: Feb 2008) – one of the most prestigious innovation awards in Asia.

Member of an international steering committee to research the possible integration of the two disciplines—Creativity and Innovation (2009)

Worked with national and international sports teams since 1993

Invited as a co-author to contribute to the trendsetting book on 21st century innovation “The future of innovation” (London; March 2009) —coining the phrase. “Innovation of the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all”

Gave the opening keynote at the European Creativity and Innovation Conference (ECCI) –Belgium October 2009; acknowledged as one of the most prestigious keynote platforms in the world

Member of the International Innovation Alliance –a group of 7 innovators from five continents — all international ‘innovation reward recipients’ The most prestigious innovation expert group in the world.

“Dr Kobus Neethling is one of the top 3 speakers in the world on the topics of creativity and innovation” —-as quoted in the programme of the 12th European Conference on Creativity and innovation (Sept 2011)

TOPICS FOR TALKS AND TRAINING

  • Moving from Ordinary to Beyondness

–       the ordinary paradigm (personal and business)

–       ordinary creativity –and ordinary results

–       understanding the Stretch Zone and Stretch targets

–       entering Beyondness

–       developing the profile of a Beyonder

–       creating new futures

–       getting Beyonder resuA New kind of creativity for a new kind of century

–       the 3 zones of creativity

–       the qualities of a Beyonder

–       moving from problems to possibilities

–       ideas for extraordinary times

–       seeing the future first

  • Using your Whole Brain in the 21st century

– understanding your 4 quadrant brain

– moving beyond your comfort zones

– discovering the 8 dimensions of your brain

– putting your 8-dimesnsion brain into action

– gaining an amazing edge

From Creative Problem Solving, to Opportunity Finding to Miracle Making

– understanding the stages of creative empowerment

–       expanding the power of your whole brain

– redesigning your beliefs

– the essence of your human being-ness

– becoming the miracle maker

  • The five critical ways to ‘get out of the box’
  • How to become 8 times more creative
  • The essence of successful creativity
  • Creating happiness with your whole brain

www.kobusneethling.com

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coffee Break
11.45: AM - 1:00 PM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
Leading innovation in practice
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Leading innovation in practice

How to Integrate Creativity in Organizations

CEOs around the world are increasingly taking a personal interest in innovation and are expecting creative outcomes from all their people. Although innovation means different things to different people and organizations differ tremendously from one another, the things that drive innovation are in fact quite similar.
This workshop takes into account the multi-dimensional nature of innovation and will show how innovative organizations mobilize the SOURCES of creativity in a well-designed STRUCTURE and with an appropriately-shaped CULTURE. It is the skilful synthesis of twelve innovation drivers – Talent, Energy, Method, Individual, Team, Target, System, Ideas, Freedom, Engagement, Humor and Risk – that makes an organization innovative.
Participants will:

  • Explore twelve key drivers of innovation in an elegant model which emphasizes the importance of both structure and culture
  • Explore fundamentals of innovative leadership, teamwork and creative method
  • Discover a structured approach to leading innovation in their organization

The workshop will include interactive exercises original presentations and … a touch of magic!


By Dimis Michaelides

Dimis Michaelides

 

Consultant, author, keynote speaker and magician, who combines his unique talents and business experience to inspire people around the world. He works in the areas of leadership, creativity, innovation, strategy and marketing and is Managing Director of Performa Consulting, visiting Professor at the Executive MBA program of INSEAD and a Faculty member of the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM).

Dimis published The Art of Innovation – Integrating Creativity in Organizations© (2007) and developed the Art of Innovation model in various forms, to help organizations and individuals achieve their full innovation potential.

He has delivered presentations and led workshops in numerous creativity forums including TEDx (New York), Harvard Business Review (China), Creative Education Foundation (USA), American Creativity Association, CREA (Europe), European Conference for Creativity and Innovation, Africa Creativity Conference.

Dimis has extensive international experience in General Management, Marketing and Finance – at the World Bank (Washington), Zeneca (Paris), Council of Europe (Paris) and Laiki Cyprialife (Nicosia).

Dimis is a graduate of the London School of Economics (B.Sc), London Business School (MBA), Sussex University (MA) and INSEAD (Leadership in Organizations).

He is fluent in Greek, English and French, operational in Spanish and Portuguese.

He loves his wife and son, mother and brother, music and magic, art and history, film and theater, Penn and Teller and his dog, Goya.

Bigger, better branding boot camp...more info

Bigger, Better Branding Boot Camp

Does your brand stand out? Or does your brand ‘promise’ not deliver? Your customers are more discerning then ever before. Your brand may need an evolution… or a revolution, to keep up with their increasing demands and keep them from going to the competition.

Your brand is more than just a logo. It’s the entire essence of your business. Your brand is how your customers, your suppliers, your partners and your employees experience your organization – it critical to ensure that that experience is valuable, authentic and consistent.

Join us at this boot camp and kick your brand into shape:

  • Avoid the pitfalls of bad branding experiences.
  • Increase your value proposition by meeting your clients’ needs at 5 levels.
  • Learn how standing for something helps you stand out in a busy marketplace.
  • Identify the higher ideals that can grow your business up to three times more than your competition.
  • Discover ways to attract your ideal clients and employees to increase brand loyalty.

Attend this interactive session and boost your brand value! Inspire your brand experiences to build more trust in the market. You’ll walk away with creative branding ideas that you can apply right away to your business.


By Janet Rouss

Janet Rouss

Janet has built brands for over 25 years as a Creative Director in some of Toronto’s top advertising agencies. She launched the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and other award-winning programs for Coca-Cola, Kodak, Nestlé, Heineken, IBM and many more.
She now brings this expertise to businesses who want to make a real difference in people’s lives and their bottom line. Her down-to-earth approach helps to increase their value proposition so they can attract more of their ideal clients. And make more money doing what they love.
She’s a strategic thinker, graphic designer and writer, and the author of the forth-coming book: Authentic Branding – Market with Meaning and Make More Money.

Liesl Schoonwinkel

Liesl does teaching, training, motivational speaking, workshops, keynote addresses, facilitation and MC work in the corporate, multi-national. public and educational sectors .

Currently she specializes in creativity and wholebrain management. She is co-author and international presenter of an Education Programme that focuses on creativity and thinking preferences in the everyday classroom. She co-authored one of the first corporate e-training courses in the world, accredited by Northwest University. She is a member of the not-for-profit Redzebra and Facilitators without Borders international organisations

 

Lateral thinking...more info

Lateral thinking

Vertical thinking gives us the gift of logic. Lateral thinking gives us the gift of creativity. Whenever you are faced with rapid change, fierce competition and the need to work miracles against all odds, that’s when you need the tools of lateral thinking. Developing breakthrough ideas dose not have to be the results of exhaustive brainstorming sessions. There is a proven, deliberate and systemic approach to creativity that will resulting innovative ideas and solutions. Lateral thinking is a creative process that empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities, a process that improves creativity, innovation and one which leads to increased productivity and profits.


By Dr. Sunil Gupta
and Shikkha Gupta
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
Seven Keys to Unlock Productive Thinking ...more info

Seven Keys to Unlock Productive Thinking

In 490 BCE, a young soldier named Pheidippides, ran to Athens to report the victory at Marathon 40k away. He dropped dead as soon as he delivered the news.

Today, over 800,000 people complete marathons every year. Half of them are over 50, very few keel over, and many complete the distance faster than Pheidippides did. Why?

The answer is simple: Structure. we’ve figured out structures to train more productively, run more efficiently, and hydrate more effectively. If we can use structures to help us perform better physically, doesn’t it make sense that we can use structures to help us think better too?

Let Tim show you the straight-forward Productive Thinking structures he and his ThinkX colleagues use to help innovation clients think more productively, more effectively, and more creatively. By using these easy-to-learn tools, you and the people you work with will have more ideas, better ideas, and more implementable ideas — more of the time. You’ll laugh, you’ll be amazed, but mostly, you’ll think better. Guaranteed.


By Tim Hurson

Tim Hurson

Tim-HursonTim teaches strategic and creative thinking skills to businesses, governments, and academic institutions around the world. He has keynoted in 30 countries. His company, ThinkX, offers innovation services to global corporations. He is a founder of the Mindcamp creativity retreat, and of Facilitators Without Borders, a not-for-profit that trains communities in creative problem solving.

He is a founding director of Africa IQ, whose mission is an Africa beyond aid. His book, Think Better, is used in 100 business schools around the world. His new book on ethical selling, Never Be Closing, was recently published by Penguin Portfolio.

Applying Creative Problem Solving Strategies to Branding ...more info

Applying Creative Problem Solving Strategies to Branding Products and Services

By Bruce Baum and Eileen Doyle
Description:

Given worldwide economic challenges and increased competition, companies and organizations must develop employees who can apply creativity techniques that work. This workshop is designed to show how a systematic, empirically validated and creative approach can enhance branding of products and services in your organization or company. Phases of the process include:

  • Explore the challenge,
  • Gather data and define the challenge.
  • Generate ideas for solving the problem.
  • Select the most promising solution.
  • Plan for action.
  • Implement the action plan

Attendees will:

  • Consider a branding challenge or problem of significance related to the goals and objectives of your company or organization.
  • Review the Creative Problem Solving Process to learn how it influences branding challenges or problems
  • Identify four or more techniques and tools you can apply to enhancing the branding process and solving problems selecting from the following possibilities:
    • Mind mapping
    • Metaphors
    • SCAMPER
    • Brainstorming
    • Plusses, Potentials, Concerns, Opportunities (PPCO)
    • The Post-it Process
    • Evaluation Matrix

By Dr. Bruce Baum

Dr. Bruce Baum

Dr. R. Bruce Baum is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and the co-founder of Applied Learning Associates. He has over twenty articles in professional journals and is author of How to Motivate Audiences: 121 Warmups, Icebreakers and Activities for Promoting Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork and Laughter (Bates Jackson), The Almost Wet Your Pants Book of Humor (AuthorHouse) and the MEGA TRAINING CD.  In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leader Award from the Creative Education Foundation, and in 2007 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Dr. Baum is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Coordinator of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Humor Project, and Foursight and NBI certified.

He has consulted and facilitated with numerous companies, educational institutions, and organizations including General Mills, American Steamship, The Center for Creative Leadership, Harlequin Books, The U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Mentholatum Corporation, United Way Worldwide, Norampac, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  He has made presentations on a variety of topics in Singapore, Cyprus, Jamaica, South Africa (10 times), Costa Rica, Namibia and Canada. In his spare time, Dr. Baum is a Rocket Scientist, Bronco Rider, Taxidermist, Explorer, Brain Surgeon and Gourmet.

and Eileen Doyle

Eileen Doyle

Eileen Doyle, president of Deeper Dives, provides highly interactive facilitation, market research and creativity workshops. Eileen has facilitated diverse projects such as ideation sessions, team building, market research, TV casting, and naming studies. She applies techniques that access right brain and left brain, creating an atmosphere where participants use all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

These include creative problem solving, projective techniques, archetypes, leadership/communication preferences and laughter. She partners with clients to clarify goals and facilitate their progress to actionable results. Eileen is a leader in the field of creativity, presenting interactive workshops at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. She is a Colleague with the Creative Education Foundation and co-hosted the first annual “Creativity Cruise” in February 2010.

She is certified in the MBTI®, Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™, Foursight™, Professional Researcher, Coaching, Get Clients Now!™ and Innovation Games®. Her favourite credentials are Certified Laughter Leader and international cat-sitter.


 

Create: No excuse...more info

Create: No excuse

You can be no more creative than you are today if you continue to do the things and stay the person you are today. Highly creative people do things that less creative people don’t. Highly creative people work harder and have habits that less creative people do not.

We will explore what highly creative people do, apply the ‘creative process’ to our own lives and develop a personal strategy for becoming even more creative. The workshop is both practical (individual and group activities) and reflective (time for you).

Wayne’s session will:

  1. Challenge you to identify the excuses you make for not being as creative as you would like.
  2. Explore and identify what highly creative people do
  3. Motivate you to apply what highly creative people do to your life and develop your own personal strategy for becoming more creative

By Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Wayne is the founder of Future Edge Ltd, a New Zealand based consultancy that specialises in applying ‘whole brain’ approaches to leading, learning and creating. He is an experienced, pragmatic and entertaining trainer and coach.

He has facilitated leadership development workshops in New Zealand and creativity workshops in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Wayne is also an artist and a percussion addict. He is the author of the recently published book ‘The Creative Edge Workshop’.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
Seven Keys to Unlock Productive Thinking (cont)
...more info

Seven Keys to Unlock Productive Thinking

In 490 BCE, a young soldier named Pheidippides, ran to Athens to report the victory at Marathon 40k away. He dropped dead as soon as he delivered the news.

Today, over 800,000 people complete marathons every year. Half of them are over 50, very few keel over, and many complete the distance faster than Pheidippides did. Why?

The answer is simple: Structure. we’ve figured out structures to train more productively, run more efficiently, and hydrate more effectively. If we can use structures to help us perform better physically, doesn’t it make sense that we can use structures to help us think better too?

Let Tim show you the straight-forward Productive Thinking structures he and his ThinkX colleagues use to help innovation clients think more productively, more effectively, and more creatively. By using these easy-to-learn tools, you and the people you work with will have more ideas, better ideas, and more implementable ideas — more of the time. You’ll laugh, you’ll be amazed, but mostly, you’ll think better. Guaranteed.


By Tim Hurson

Tim Hurson

Tim-HursonTim teaches strategic and creative thinking skills to businesses, governments, and academic institutions around the world. He has keynoted in 30 countries. His company, ThinkX, offers innovation services to global corporations. He is a founder of the Mindcamp creativity retreat, and of Facilitators Without Borders, a not-for-profit that trains communities in creative problem solving.

He is a founding director of Africa IQ, whose mission is an Africa beyond aid. His book, Think Better, is used in 100 business schools around the world. His new book on ethical selling, Never Be Closing, was recently published by Penguin Portfolio.

Applying Creative Problem Solving Strategies to Branding (cont) ...more info

Applying Creative Problem Solving Strategies to Branding Products and Services

By Bruce Baum and Eileen Doyle
Description:

Given worldwide economic challenges and increased competition, companies and organizations must develop employees who can apply creativity techniques that work. This workshop is designed to show how a systematic, empirically validated and creative approach can enhance branding of products and services in your organization or company. Phases of the process include:

  • Explore the challenge,
  • Gather data and define the challenge.
  • Generate ideas for solving the problem.
  • Select the most promising solution.
  • Plan for action.
  • Implement the action plan

Attendees will:

  • Consider a branding challenge or problem of significance related to the goals and objectives of your company or organization.
  • Review the Creative Problem Solving Process to learn how it influences branding challenges or problems
  • Identify four or more techniques and tools you can apply to enhancing the branding process and solving problems selecting from the following possibilities:
    • Mind mapping
    • Metaphors
    • SCAMPER
    • Brainstorming
    • Plusses, Potentials, Concerns, Opportunities (PPCO)
    • The Post-it Process
    • Evaluation Matrix

By Dr. Bruce Baum

Dr. Bruce Baum

Dr. R. Bruce Baum is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and the co-founder of Applied Learning Associates. He has over twenty articles in professional journals and is author of How to Motivate Audiences: 121 Warmups, Icebreakers and Activities for Promoting Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork and Laughter (Bates Jackson), The Almost Wet Your Pants Book of Humor (AuthorHouse) and the MEGA TRAINING CD.  In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leader Award from the Creative Education Foundation, and in 2007 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Dr. Baum is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Coordinator of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Humor Project, and Foursight and NBI certified.

He has consulted and facilitated with numerous companies, educational institutions, and organizations including General Mills, American Steamship, The Center for Creative Leadership, Harlequin Books, The U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Mentholatum Corporation, United Way Worldwide, Norampac, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  He has made presentations on a variety of topics in Singapore, Cyprus, Jamaica, South Africa (10 times), Costa Rica, Namibia and Canada. In his spare time, Dr. Baum is a Rocket Scientist, Bronco Rider, Taxidermist, Explorer, Brain Surgeon and Gourmet.

and Eileen Doyle

Eileen Doyle

Eileen Doyle, president of Deeper Dives, provides highly interactive facilitation, market research and creativity workshops. Eileen has facilitated diverse projects such as ideation sessions, team building, market research, TV casting, and naming studies. She applies techniques that access right brain and left brain, creating an atmosphere where participants use all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

These include creative problem solving, projective techniques, archetypes, leadership/communication preferences and laughter. She partners with clients to clarify goals and facilitate their progress to actionable results. Eileen is a leader in the field of creativity, presenting interactive workshops at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. She is a Colleague with the Creative Education Foundation and co-hosted the first annual “Creativity Cruise” in February 2010.

She is certified in the MBTI®, Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™, Foursight™, Professional Researcher, Coaching, Get Clients Now!™ and Innovation Games®. Her favourite credentials are Certified Laughter Leader and international cat-sitter.


 

Create: No excuse (cont)...more info

Create: No excuse

You can be no more creative than you are today if you continue to do the things and stay the person you are today. Highly creative people do things that less creative people don’t. Highly creative people work harder and have habits that less creative people do not.

We will explore what highly creative people do, apply the ‘creative process’ to our own lives and develop a personal strategy for becoming even more creative. The workshop is both practical (individual and group activities) and reflective (time for you).

Wayne’s session will:

  1. Challenge you to identify the excuses you make for not being as creative as you would like.
  2. Explore and identify what highly creative people do
  3. Motivate you to apply what highly creative people do to your life and develop your own personal strategy for becoming more creative

By Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Wayne is the founder of Future Edge Ltd, a New Zealand based consultancy that specialises in applying ‘whole brain’ approaches to leading, learning and creating. He is an experienced, pragmatic and entertaining trainer and coach.

He has facilitated leadership development workshops in New Zealand and creativity workshops in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Wayne is also an artist and a percussion addict. He is the author of the recently published book ‘The Creative Edge Workshop’.


Monday, October 20

10.00: AM - 11:15 AM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
Dynamic whole brain ...more info

Your 8-dimension brain in action

  • Brief overview of the 8-dimension brain
  • Application possibilities of your 8- brain
  • Building 8-dimensional relationships
  • Finding 8-dimensional solutions
  • Unpacking 8-dimensional values
  • Do and Be 8-dimensional
Learning Objectives
  • To get to grips with your 8-brain
  • To discover the unlimited applications of your 8-brain
  • To learn how to use the 8-brain in any team situation
  • To understand the advantages of 8-dimensional relationship-building, value acceptance and solution-finding
  • To appreciate the value of 8-dimensional state of being

By Dr. Kobus Neethling

Dr. Kobus Neethling

Holds six degrees including two Masters, a Doctorate and Post-Doctorate (cum laude) in the identification and development of creative behaviour (Universities of Cape Town and Georgia-USA)

Rotary Foundation Scholarship 1983/84

Has written more than 80 books and 9 TV series including a number of international best-sellers (Including three new international best-sellers: ‘Creativity uncovered’; ‘Very smart parents’ and version two of ‘’Am I clever or am I stupid’—has sold more than 200000 copies))

Guinness World Record Holder: Co-author of “Making the Impossible possible” —the book of more than a 100 pages written in the fastest time ever —four and a half minutes

Has received 10 International Who’s Who Awards including Personality of the Year (2000); One of 2000 outstanding Scholars of the 20th century (1999: Cambridge England) and The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals Award

Received the 1998 International Leadership Award from the Creative Problem Solving Institute—USA:

Received the first International Creative Genius Award (2004) from the International Genius Acadamy (USA)

Developed the largest battery of Whole Brain Instruments in the world (used in 30 countries) including the acclaimed 8-Dimension Brain Model

International Silver Screen Award (for a TV episode called Creativity –2005)

Works with major corporations, national sporting teams, and education groups from all over the world

Voted by Femina magazine as one of the six best presenters in South Africa

Co-developer of the Hit TV show  “ Out of the Box” —WINNER OF THE 2007 ‘US INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL’ SILVER SCREEN AWARD

2008 Recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award (Mumbai: Feb 2008) – one of the most prestigious innovation awards in Asia.

Member of an international steering committee to research the possible integration of the two disciplines—Creativity and Innovation (2009)

Worked with national and international sports teams since 1993

Invited as a co-author to contribute to the trendsetting book on 21st century innovation “The future of innovation” (London; March 2009) —coining the phrase. “Innovation of the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all”

Gave the opening keynote at the European Creativity and Innovation Conference (ECCI) –Belgium October 2009; acknowledged as one of the most prestigious keynote platforms in the world

Member of the International Innovation Alliance –a group of 7 innovators from five continents — all international ‘innovation reward recipients’ The most prestigious innovation expert group in the world.

“Dr Kobus Neethling is one of the top 3 speakers in the world on the topics of creativity and innovation” —-as quoted in the programme of the 12th European Conference on Creativity and innovation (Sept 2011)

TOPICS FOR TALKS AND TRAINING

  • Moving from Ordinary to Beyondness

–       the ordinary paradigm (personal and business)

–       ordinary creativity –and ordinary results

–       understanding the Stretch Zone and Stretch targets

–       entering Beyondness

–       developing the profile of a Beyonder

–       creating new futures

–       getting Beyonder resuA New kind of creativity for a new kind of century

–       the 3 zones of creativity

–       the qualities of a Beyonder

–       moving from problems to possibilities

–       ideas for extraordinary times

–       seeing the future first

  • Using your Whole Brain in the 21st century

– understanding your 4 quadrant brain

– moving beyond your comfort zones

– discovering the 8 dimensions of your brain

– putting your 8-dimesnsion brain into action

– gaining an amazing edge

From Creative Problem Solving, to Opportunity Finding to Miracle Making

– understanding the stages of creative empowerment

–       expanding the power of your whole brain

– redesigning your beliefs

– the essence of your human being-ness

– becoming the miracle maker

  • The five critical ways to ‘get out of the box’
  • How to become 8 times more creative
  • The essence of successful creativity
  • Creating happiness with your whole brain

www.kobusneethling.com

8-Dimensional branding
...more info

8 Dimensional Branding

Discover the creative essence of your brand and increase brand loyalty by adapting media and communication through use of the brain

Description: 

This session focuses on the multi dimensional capabilities of the mind and the immediate impact subtle changes in your marketing message can make to your brand essence and loyalty and bottom-line. With the help of the NBI© 8 Dimensional Instrument we can easily identify the different stakeholders mindsets and adapt all media and communication channels to fit that particular market and target audience. This session presents practical models and combines solid rationale with relevant and proven case studies.

Learning objective

1       Understanding and applying the 8 Dimensional branding methodolgy

2       Analyze consumer needs & probe product attributes on a multi dimensional scale

3       Create 8 dimensional brand loyalty and value

4       Understand the essence of how your brand is currently perceived

 


By Stephan Neethling

Stephan Neethling

Holds 3 degrees including a Masters degree in Marketing from the University of Pretoria.

Leadership merit award from TUKS

Won the best promotional campaign award from the Marketing faculty at TUKS

Worked in the television, marketing and creativity training industries

Since 2002, has trained numerous high profile clients in Creativity and the art of the Whole Brain both locally and abroad in countries ranging from the USA, UK, Italy to some of the Asian territories

As a television producer, has produced 8 television series since 2005 for different DSTV and TOP TV channels as well as more than 30 music videos for various artists

Is also a published author and has written numerous articles for various magazines and newspapers

As a student, ran the Marketing department of Tuks Fm for 2 years (the most successful campus radio station in the country)

Has been involved in numerous projects such as the BLUE IQ initiatives, which supports young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged areas as consultant and judge

 

and Matthys Potgieter

Matthys Potgieter

Holds a degree in Drama from the University of Pretoria

Worked in the television, marketing and creativity training industries

Since 2009, has trained numerous high profile clients in Creativity and the art of the Whole Brain both locally and abroad.

As a television producer, has produced numerous television series since 2005 for different DSTV and TOP TV channels as well as more than 20 music videos for various artists

As a student, produced and presented Arts and Culture as well as social interest radio program of Tuks Fm for 2 years (the most successful campus radio station in the country)

 

Never Be Closing
Advice for the accidental salesperson

...more info

Never Be Closing

Advice for the accidental salesperson

The ”Always Be Closing“ approach to selling is dead — and starting to smell. If you’re looking for a new, ethical, and more effective way to sell your products, your services, or yourself, Tim and Tim will point you in the right direction.

Based on several of the key concepts and tools in their new book, Never Be Closing, this session applies creative problem-solving principles to selling. You will learn 11 key steps to transform run-of-the-mill sales calls into productive sales conversations — from getting a yes to your request for a meeting, to establishing credibility, and delivering value — to build not just sales, but relationships. Because unless you can sell them, ideas are just… well, ideas.

3 things you will get from this session

  1. Identify the 11 critical steps in a successful sales cycle
  2. Identify and practice a wide range of credibility-building, questioning, and value-delivery tools to the sales meeting
  3. Understand how to separate content debriefs from process debriefs and how to apply each to improving sales results

By Tim Hurson

Tim Hurson

Tim-HursonTim teaches strategic and creative thinking skills to businesses, governments, and academic institutions around the world. He has keynoted in 30 countries. His company, ThinkX, offers innovation services to global corporations. He is a founder of the Mindcamp creativity retreat, and of Facilitators Without Borders, a not-for-profit that trains communities in creative problem solving.

He is a founding director of Africa IQ, whose mission is an Africa beyond aid. His book, Think Better, is used in 100 business schools around the world. His new book on ethical selling, Never Be Closing, was recently published by Penguin Portfolio.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coffee Break
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
Growing your own Timber: form Arbour to Orchard. ...more info

Growing your own Timber: form Arbour to Orchard.

In today’s high-stress business environment, coaching skills are in demand as businesses seek to maximise the potential of key employees, an effort that can ultimately enhance a team’s overall performance and productivity.
Description:
This session focuses on the important role executive coaching plays in the personal development of the individual, as well as the impact it has on the organisation. With the help of executive coaching models we will discover the importance of the coaching relationship and elements that influence it.  This session presents practical models that are easy to apply in any organisation.
Learning objectives
1       Understanding the roles played by different stakeholders in the executive coaching relationship.
2       Evaluating the tools of executive coaching and their applications.
3       Applying basic coaching skills to grow your teams.

By Matthys Potgieter

Matthys Potgieter

Holds a degree in Drama from the University of Pretoria

Worked in the television, marketing and creativity training industries

Since 2009, has trained numerous high profile clients in Creativity and the art of the Whole Brain both locally and abroad.

As a television producer, has produced numerous television series since 2005 for different DSTV and TOP TV channels as well as more than 20 music videos for various artists

As a student, produced and presented Arts and Culture as well as social interest radio program of Tuks Fm for 2 years (the most successful campus radio station in the country)

 

Play-Create-Succeed
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Play-Create-Succeed

The secret for success in your career, your organization and your life through a culture of innovation and imagination.

This session is built by “Dr. Rosemary Rein, Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and the Creative Problem Solving Institute. Rosemary’s session will provide principles and best practices for building a culture of collaboration, learning and innovation including hands on practice in rapid design thinking.

Learn how to build a culture that inspires employees, delights customers and achieves extraordinary business results through a culture of customer and employee engagement and innovation

Rooted in  Best Practices of Fortune 500 organizations and the largest non-profit organization in the world, you’ll leave this session with

  • 10 Play-making principles and techniques that frees the mind to explore endless possibilities from the C-Suite to Factory Floor
  • 5 Best Practices and Techniques for Fostering Creativity, and Employee Engagement
  • Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast:  How to Create a Cultural  Vibe of Innovation
  • Understanding and Practice in Facilitating 3 rapid design formats ( Hackathons, Product Development and  Design Thinking)

Other Possible Closing Keynote Titles  (If you like and need another title, I’ll flesh it out)

Now What? So What?  Crafting Your Journey From Now to WOW!TM

Blueprint for Success:  Building Success with Creative Architecture


By Dr. Rosemary Rein

Dr. Rosemary Rein

rosemaryRosemary Rein, Ph.D. is the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and a co-Author with Dr. Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard of “Blueprint for Success”. Dr. Rein serves as Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and the Creative Problem Solving Institute and is the Founder of YPO (The Young Presidents Organization) Retreats where she facilitated Think Tanks and Executive Forums
for C Suite Executives.

The Director for Learning and Development for United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded philanthropy in the world with 5 billion in assets and 10,000 staff and 30,000 community volunteers, Rosemary brings to the Creative Thinkers Conference, unique expertise in business and social innovation with a knowledge of emerging learning technology, social media and customer and employee engagement. A passionate and engaging storyteller , Rosemary was invited to attend this year’s prestigious Disney Imagineer Annual Summit where she had the opportunity to work with Pixar Studios and the Cast and Creators of “Frozen”. At this year’s Creative Thinkers Conference, Rosemary will lead a unique session entitled “Play, Create, Succeed” inspired by her work with Disney as well as deliver the conference closing keynote address.

Get Ready to Learn, Lead and Leave with a License to Innovate!

Gapping—- Identifying and filling the creativity gaps ...more info

Gapping – Identifying & filling creativity gaps

The 21st century is challenging, fast paced and ever changing. Sometimes our lives are spent just trying to keep up, to get things done. What we miss, are the opportunities, the undiscovered miracles that will solve our problems, change our lives and the way we do business. We need to prepare minds to become discoverers, to be alert to what is around us every day.

The future will not be kind to those who wait for others to shape world.

Soooo………

Maybe you want to be rich, or famous, or fulfilled, or successful – or all of the above?

It is time to learn the art of GAPPING! In this session you will:

  • Learn how to become a Gapper: seeing the white spaces around you
  • Be introduced to the skills needed to fill these white spaces
  • Learn the true meaning of Out of the Box thinking (and into the gaps!)
  • Be amazed how the past, your environment, nature, the people around you… supply the stimulus for your next brilliant and new idea!

The Grateful Dead, rock band formed in 1965, once sang:

“Once in a while

You get shown the light,

In the strangest of places

If you look at it right”

Come and discover some the light in some strange places…


By Dr Raché Rutherford

Dr Raché Rutherford

Raché is co-founder of the Creativity Foundation of South Africa, a member of the Kobus Neethling Group and has been involved in identifying and developing creative behaviour for 20 years. She develops, designs and presents creativity programs in numerous organisations in  South Africa (including Anglo Platinum, Volkswagen, Telkom,  Sanlam, Sasol, Alexander Forbes, Samancor, schools and tertiary  institutions) and abroad, including the UK, USA, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Singapore, Denmark, Sudan and France.

Raché is a keynote speaker, and has appeared on several radio and television programs, including the award winning Out of the Box, as a creativity expert.

Raché is also the co-author of more than 40 books, including the best sellers which she co-authored with Dr Kobus Neethling: Creativity Uncovered; Am I clever or am I stupid?; Creative people can perform miracles; Very Smart Parents; Courage; Love, sex and your brain; Like Jesus; The Life Changing Diary; Talk to your Food and Taking you beyond.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Leadership & transformation Branding & Growthmania
Creativity tools and skills
No IDEAS Will be Killed in this Meeting ...more info

No IDEAS Will be Killed in this Meeting

It is 8:15 on Monday.  You are entering another of your boss’s meetings and dread having to be there.
Last week’s meeting all you remember hearing were Idea Killers

Devil’s Advocate comments.
Naysayers.

Do these sound familiar?

  1.  Yes, but…
  2. It already exists!
  3. Our customers won’t like that!
  4. We don’t have time…
  5. NO!
  6. It’s not possible…
  7. It’s too expensive!

Alex Osborn told us over 60 years ago that…

We can not truly generate ideas, new creative ideas,
if the meeting is filled with negative, idea killing comments.

During this session you will learn techniques for

  1. Stopping “idea killers”
  2. Turn negatives into positives
  3. Generate even more ideas thus PLUS-ing© “killed ideas”
  4. Moving a meeting from negatives to neutrals to positives.

By Dr. Alan Black

Dr. Robert Alan Black

Since 1978 Dr. Black has presented at over 150 creativity conferences on 5 continents: CPSI for 34 years, ACRE in South Africa for 15 years. In 2012 he presented at three programs in Brazil in August for the first time making it 6 continents and 85 countries. Since 16 he had 48 jobs in the past 52 years: licensed architect, interior designer, graphics and signage designer, freelance cartoonist and writer, college professor at three different universities since 1980.

His travels have taken me to 49 of the 50 USA states and 85 countries where he has spoken and worked in most of them attempting to S.P.R.E.A.D. creative thinking throughout entire workplaces from individuals to teams to departments to entire organizations.

  • Ph.D. in the Teaching of Creative Thinking with Dr. E. Paul Torrance as major professor
  • M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling of Gifted, Talented and Creative Individuals
  • M.A. in Art in Interior Architecture
  • M.A. in Art in Visual Communication
  • B.S. in Architectural Design

M.I.N.D. Design thinking style model/instruments based upon his doctoral dissertation study into the matching of teaching and learning styles based upon thinking styles to teach creative thinking skills and tools.  Over 400,000 people have completed a MD in the past 30 years.

BROKEN CRAYONS: Break Your Crayons and Draw Outside the Lines has been published in 4 countries (USA, Turkey, Solvenia, South Africa) and translated into 3 languages (Turkish, Solvenian and Japanese).

600+ articles since 1980: leadership, communication, teamwork and creative thinking. He has co-authored books in the US, UK and South Africa.

 


Branding Persona that sells
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Branding Persona that sells

Developing a persuasive branding persona to conquer communication challenges.

Description
You don’t have to be innovative to develop a unique persona for your company. Discover how you can scale innovation and blend creativity to create a persona that 100% reflects you.

In this presentation, audiences will explore the power of a persuasive persona. They will learn new tactics to create a persona that makes companies and individuals clearly stand out in the crowd.

Through case studies and empirical validation, not predictive genius!, the presentation will give the audience simple persona recipes. Audiences will also learn how to focus on what they do best and highlight it, how to advocate achievements without blowing their own horn, and how to convey passion to change people’s attitudes and eventually behavior.

Learn how to increase your ROL (Return on Luck) and turn bad luck into good results. Learn how to copy solutions instead of solving problems. Learn how to embrace weaknesses. Whether you are creating, transforming or giving your image a soul; the presentation will help you through vicarious experience, not verbal persuasion to achieve your communication goal.

Learning Objectives

  1. Master the skill of meeting communication predicaments.
  2. How will weaknesses become strengths and difficulties turn into victories?
  3. How simplicity can give you the most sophisticated solutions.
  4. How to increase your RoL (Return on Luck)
  5. How to humbly and wisely advocate your achievements

By Mahmoud Arafa

Mahmoud Arafa

Anywhere you find professionals contemplating the intersection between design and persuasion, you’ll find Arafa motivating people to action. He helps clients to evolve from entrepreneurs to enterprises, from local to global and from inception to infinity. Arafa works tirelessly delivers messages in a way that makes the audience come to their most logical conclusion—which happens to reflect the clients’ needs.

Additionally, Arafa has been delivering compelling communication tools to alleviate people’s suffering, combat diseases and raise funds for non profits.

His work has been acknowledged by world leaders like former French president Jacques Chirac, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Communicating for Results ...more info

Communicating for Results

Communication is probably not something you would instantly equate with creativity. It’s something that we do throughout our lives, but often don’t give much thought to how we’re doing it. But communication is a skill (and perhaps an art), and like any other skill, it can be improved upon.

With better communication, we can enhance our relationships, both personal and business. And since just about everything in life is based on relationship, the impact of improved communication can be far-reaching.

3 things you will get from the session:

  1. If there is no understanding there has been no communication [and
    how you can ensure better understanding]
  2. Know your communication style and why it won’t work with everyone
  3. How what you do over-rides what you say

By Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Wayne is the founder of Future Edge Ltd, a New Zealand based consultancy that specialises in applying ‘whole brain’ approaches to leading, learning and creating. He is an experienced, pragmatic and entertaining trainer and coach.

He has facilitated leadership development workshops in New Zealand and creativity workshops in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Wayne is also an artist and a percussion addict. He is the author of the recently published book ‘The Creative Edge Workshop’.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Coffee Break
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Closing keynote
GET READY to DRIVE CHANGE. You have a License to Create. ...more info

GET READY to DRIVE CHANGE. You have a License to Create.

Now it is the time to learn the secret of converting your new  knowledge into wisdom and drive ideas to action.

BECAUSE….Knowledge that is not applied is Trivia! Implementation is where the rubber meets the road.

From the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and “Blueprint for Success,” get ready to start your engines and drive change to yourself, your organization and the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase the success of individual and organizational change efforts by a power of 10
  • Develop creative horsepower with 5 daily routines
  • Accelerate results with Stop, Start and Continue Thinking
  • Leave the Creative Thinkers Conference inspired and equipped to be the change you seek; to create and to inspire others to join you in racing to the finish line.
By Rosemary Rein

Dr. Rosemary Rein

rosemaryRosemary Rein, Ph.D. is the Author of “Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business and Life” and a co-Author with Dr. Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard of “Blueprint for Success”. Dr. Rein serves as Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and the Creative Problem Solving Institute and is the Founder of YPO (The Young Presidents Organization) Retreats where she facilitated Think Tanks and Executive Forums
for C Suite Executives.

The Director for Learning and Development for United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded philanthropy in the world with 5 billion in assets and 10,000 staff and 30,000 community volunteers, Rosemary brings to the Creative Thinkers Conference, unique expertise in business and social innovation with a knowledge of emerging learning technology, social media and customer and employee engagement. A passionate and engaging storyteller , Rosemary was invited to attend this year’s prestigious Disney Imagineer Annual Summit where she had the opportunity to work with Pixar Studios and the Cast and Creators of “Frozen”. At this year’s Creative Thinkers Conference, Rosemary will lead a unique session entitled “Play, Create, Succeed” inspired by her work with Disney as well as deliver the conference closing keynote address.

Get Ready to Learn, Lead and Leave with a License to Innovate!