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Creative Thinking Fundamentals
‘Who Killed Creativity?’


This Creative Thinking Fundamentals program consists of the following modules:


Harnessing Creative Intelligence


How to gain a competitive business advantage.


Who Killed

(The Crime)

Interactive diagnostic session with gamified simulation experience.


How to get
creativity back

(The Scene)

Creative thinking rescuers and rescue strategies


Implications & Applications

(The Investigation)

Business and/or personal goal setting and strategic planning.


1: Harnessing Creative Intelligence (CQ) skills for a competitive business advantage

From the classroom to the boardroom – discover why adults seem to have lost their creative ability right when they need it the most. Recent research has revealed that creative thinking will be the most important leadership attribute in the next 10 years. Yet it has been identified that even though IQ has been on the rise, creative thinking (CQ) has been declining since the 1990s. People with higher CQ are more inquisitive and open to new experiences. In this session we map the CQ skills into applicable business attributes and design thinking to show how they are crucial for anyone expecting creative solutions.

Participate in some entertaining magic illusions to discover how easy it is to default to ‘inside the box thinking’. Learn how this can be explained through the latest neuroscience, and the relevance for discovering your creative streak. When integrated with the full suite, this CSI-1CQ session can map the 7 CQ skills needed to implement the creative thinking, critical thinking & design thinking strategies.

Outcomes & Takeaways

  • Learn about the 7 key CQ attributes needed to be creative
  • Assess and map individual and teams in the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking skills. (TTCT)
  • Understand how the best of the best use CQ in business (7 case studies)
  • Connect KPIs to CQ skills, and harness CQ skills as a competitive business advantage
  • Use the CQ skills for each step of a Design Thinking process

The session demonstrates how CQ has direct business applications, through connecting business case studies to the CQ Torrance testing. When integrated with the full suite, this CSI-1CQ session can map the 7 CQ skills needed to implement the creative thinking & critical thinking strategies.

2: The Suspects – Who Killed Creativity? (The Crime)

Explore the crime, and scene by Identifying potential psychological and environmental blocks to creativity.

The ‘Who Killed Creativity?’ gamified workshop session is an interactive diagnostic tool for identifying the blocks to creative thinking and innovation in individuals, teams & organizations. This session should be a critical prelude for any creative thinking / design thinking / agile or innovation intervention a team or company is embarking on. It provides an engaging interactive context for exploring the potential blocks to positive change. Themed as a crime scene investigation (CSI style), the session helps to identify the key ‘creativity killer’ culprits we all face individually (psychological blocks, e.g., as identified by neuroscience) and reveals potential ‘danger’ locations around the organization (organizational culture and environmental blocks).

This program revolves around a Diagnostic Creative Blocks Gameboard Simulation: A non-competitive gamified diagnostic tool to explore blocks to creativity and to identify the best rescue strategies.


3: The Rescuers: How to get Creativity back. (The Scene)

Investigate the creative thinking enablers and learn strategies to counter the blockers.

Allow creative thinking to thrive in individuals, teams and organizations


4: Implications & Applications (The Investigation)

This session includes goal setting and strategic planning, which will be applied to business and personal environments.

Outcomes & Takeaways

  • Understanding both the neurological (internal) and environmental (external) forces that inhibit and block creative thinking.
  • Participants will walk away with an understanding of why creativity has difficulty flourishing in a typical work environment PLUS learn the traits of a creative mindset & innovative work environment.

Diagnostic Creative Blocks Gameboard Simulation

This CSI1 online board/canvas comes with complete instructions, videos, and steps for any leader to run the core elements of the program independently or engage a professional facilitator to run a complete (content-rich) workshop.

The boards ensure a quick way to start conservations and develop faster solutions.

board game

Virtual online boardgame

  • Teams gather around an online virtual gameboard and take on the role of detectives to explore what blocks and enables creative thinking (at both the personal and organizational cultural level).
  • Self-lead and use the board independently with your team OR Engage a professional facilitator to run a complete (content-rich) workshop.
  • The digital board game uses online interactive software. The session flows through 7 stages (instructions) including: an introduction, the suspects and weapons, locations, rescue strategies, action planning, and goal setting. The stages are introduced by the facilitator AND/OR online instructions and videos.
  • Large-scale events, licensing, and board game templates for scalability are available on request.
board game
Although the ‘Who Killed Creativity?’ board exercise may have a similar theme to a CSI, whodunit, murder mystery or a game, like Clue (Cluedo), ours is not designed as a competitive contest with winners and losers. The focus is on using a gameboard layout with some gamification elements connected to an integrated memorable theme, which enables productive discussions in a safe space. This approach helps individuals and teams to explore, diagnose and discuss fictional ‘creativity killer’ characters to help identify what can block creative thinking and how it can be possible to get it back. The aim of the exercise is to use this metaphor to explore psychological, cultural and environmental blocks to creative thinking, and to devise personal action plans to deal with these.
  • The WKC-board is primarily a discussion piece that can be used as a diagnostic:
    It is designed to be used to help leaders, teams and individuals think strategically about the current psychological and environmental-climate that will allow creativity to flourish at a personal, team and organizational level.
  • Professionally facilitated workshops and webinars allow both the discussion and diagnostic approach of the WKC-board, and the deep dive content contained in the book and research. By ‘Professionally facilitated’ we also imply that the session will be educationally sound, as the facilitator will be able to bring out the best discussion from the team(s), ensure engagement, add content and context when needed, and follow it through with action planning and goal setting. The whole course has an integrated (non-gimmick) theme. This is to ensure engagement at the time, and then a lasting memory that is actionable back in the workplace.
  • An independent team leader can purchase a basic elements WKC gameboard, download it, and run it with their small team (max 8). The board contains instructions and videos, and the team leader can also get extra support through an online course to learn how to run the session. (no PPT slides). This is also great for someone that has participated in a workshop and wants to run something for their team. Only the team leader needs to purchase the course / board.  Purchase here: https://courses.tirian.com/courses/csi1-core-elements-teamcourse
  • The book ‘Who Killed Creativity? and How Can We Get It Back?’ contains 300+ pages of solid content.
    The authors have decades of corporate experience, education, and academic research & validity (including 2 PhDs researched in Creative Thinking & Innovation, and Neuroscience & Psychology.) (Published by Wiley).
  • Podcast, story, interview with leaders notes: There is also a ‘Who Killed Your Creativity?” audio version and reflection action planning. Published by Wisdom Destinations: bit.ly/3BV76wg 
  • The Pre and Post online self-paced courses allow for blended learning to ensure the learning lasts  https://courses.tirian.com/