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Brand new OpenGenius Licensed Instructor Course in Applied Innovation

Applied Innovation training from OpenGenius
OpenGenius, the company behind ThinkBuzan and DropTask, presents their Licensed Instructor Course in Applied Innovation
 
Our 4 day Applied Innovation course provides hands on, interactive training in effective decision making for innovation. Learn a practical process for making clear, creative and risk-proof decisions, with the tools to apply it straight away.

Founder and CEO of OpenGenius, bestselling author and international speaker, Chris Griffiths, has helped thousands of teams and individuals with his innovation tools and strategies. Now, he brings you the OpenGenius Licensed Instructor Course in Applied Innovation to get you well on your way to applying powerful innovation techniques.
 
The course is accredited, which means that you will be certified to deliver your own, official OpenGenius Applied Innovation training after attending. We will send you the exclusive Applied Innovation Facilitator Pack of resources which will include everything you need to begin holding your own training courses right away. Plus, you will receive your own profile on our website to showcase your skills and experience. An OpenGenius accreditation can help you to increase your professional status, become recognised as an expert in this field and boost your income.
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Chris Griffiths talks about Mind Mapping with Zet

Chris Grifftihs interview with Zet.cz

ThinkBuzan CEO, Chris Griffiths was recently interviewed by Marek Miler, from Studio Zet in the Czech Republic about how Mind Mapping can change the way you think in everyday life and in business.

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4 Ways to GRASP Innovation

GRASP the Solution by Chris Griffiths

1. Brainstorm the right way

Contrary to popular belief, a team brainstorming session is often the death of big ideas.

The problem is, we are all very impressionable creatures and can’t help but react to those around us. This means that a group of people sitting down to fire out ideas will essentially only be reacting to the first idea voiced out loud. The following conversation will merely be a combination of people supporting or negating that first idea, and other ideas based on associations with the first. It becomes more of an analytical session rather than one of free-flowing ideas.

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CEO Chris Griffiths speaks at Biggerplate Unplugged Conference

There has been a definite buzz surrounding the recent Biggerplate Unplugged Conference in London. Everyone who’s anyone in the Mind Mapping world was in attendance last week; bloggers, developers, practitioners. This event even provided a rare opportunity for industry leaders to come together to discuss their predictions for the future of Mind Mapping.

Biggerplate Unplugged conference in London

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4 Ways to Innovate in 2013

LightbulbGenerate genius ideas that work this year with tips from GRASP The Solution by ThinkBuzan CEO, Chris Griffiths

1. Brainstorm the right way

Contrary to popular belief, a team brainstorming session is often the death of big ideas.

The problem is, we are all very impressionable creatures and can’t help but react to those around us. This means that a group of people sitting down to fire out ideas will essentially only be reacting to the first idea voiced out loud. The following conversation will merely be a combination of people supporting or negating that first idea, and other ideas based on associations with the first. It becomes more of an analytical session rather than one of free-flowing ideas.

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We need your votes! Support ‘GRASP’ at the Small Business Book Awards 2012

We had some fantastic news come in this week. Our CEO Chris Griffiths’ latest book GRASP The Solution: How to find the best answers to everyday challenges has been nominated for an award in the management category of the 2012 Small Business Book Awards.

Since its release in October 2011, the book’s had some amazingly positive reviews but this is definitely the icing on the cake! Chris is absolutely thrilled and considers it a great honour to be nominated.

The Small Business Book Awards were created to recognise and celebrate books that make a difference to small business owners, managers and start-up entrepreneurs. This is now the fourth year for these awards and the competition is getting fierce!

Chris would love to do well in this competition – but in order to do that he needs your votes! If you’ve read GRASP The Solution and benefited from it – or simply enjoyed it – then we’d be extremely grateful if you could put in your vote for it.

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A Fresh Approach to the New Year

New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, the mental list of New Year’s resolutions starts to form; usually a lengthy list with the aim of dispelling annoying personal habits, or reaching professional goals – and always with a few of the usual suspects making a repeat performance from the year before.

Many New Year’s resolutions emanate from the downfalls, disasters and misjudgements of the previous year, as a last-ditch attempt to avoid repetition in the New Year. We think that by avoiding the same failures, we might somehow pave a path to a more positive outcome at the end of the next year.

CEO of ThinkBuzan and co-author of Mind Maps for Business, Chris Griffiths, argues that this reactive mode of thinking simply doesn’t cut it in the modern world. “What worked in the past no longer fits the bill so we’re being forced to ‘up our game’”.

Rather than simply avoiding making the same mistakes again, we need to be more creative and more innovative. We need to look forwards, for new opportunities and anticipating future bumps in the road. In other words, we need to be proactive.

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‘GRASP The Solution’ Gets Five Stars!

We were over the moon this week to come across a couple of top reviews of our CEO, Chris Griffiths’ recently released book GRASP The Solution.

The first came from ForeWord Reviews. Based in the United States, this organisation is one of the few remaining wholly independent review sources, which makes it even better to see GRASP The Solution receive a superb 5 star rating from their reviewer Barry Silverstein. The book is described as ‘far-reaching’ and ‘engaging’ and the Mind Mapping chapter was especially well-received!

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Anyone Can Be Creative – Chris Griffith’s Interview with Biggerplate.com

16th November 2011, by Chris Griffiths

Biggerplate interviewNot long ago I had the great privilege to be interviewed by Liam Hughes of Biggerplate.com. We had an enjoyable chat about my new book GRASP The Solution, the value of thinking creatively in tough times and the role that Mind Mapping can play.

Liam challenged me to share my perspectives on all sorts of sticky matters concerning creativity and innovation. Crucially, I debunk the myth that some people aren’t the ‘creative type’ or don’t have a creative brain. With the aid of a defined system and process, absolutely anyone can be creative and put new ideas into practice.

Other topics discussed include the GRASP concept and how the different modes of thinking affect creativity, the Solution Finder process for achieving ‘practical creativity’ and the usefulness of Mind Maps for capturing and cultivating ideas.

It’s well worth checking out. Read the complete interview on Biggerplate.com.

Can’t GRASP That Killer Idea? Then Join Chris Griffiths at the Like Minds Conference Oct 2011!

30th September 2011, by Chris Griffiths

So you’ve been looking at your innovative output and have decided it’s time for a new approach. You need to bring some fresh ideas to your business and performance if you’re going to avoid being ‘left behind’. Up to now, you’ve tried all sorts of creative tools and techniques but, for some reason, you’re just not hitting on that killer idea that you really need – the one that will lead you to conquer your specific challenge and overcome ‘sameness’.

Unfortunately a lot of people don’t realise it’s the barriers they impose on themselves that prevent them from coming up with really great ideas. I’ll be speaking about this subject and more at the Like Minds Innovation + Opportunity Conference in Exeter, UK on 20th October, the day following the launch of my new book GRASP The Solution. My talk on ‘Why You Can’t GRASP That Killer Idea’ kicks off at 10am during the ‘Disrupting the Norms’ session. Join me at the event and find out how to let go of the unhelpful thinking habits that hold you back from applying your limitless creative potential. Tickets are available now with a special early bird rate.

For more information or to register for the event go to http://wearelikeminds.com/events/exeter

It would be great to see you there!

Chris Griffiths