Do you want to make product improvements, better meet your customers’ needs, or solve problems that are holding your company back?
Do you want to create innovative new products, services, or systems that will expand and evolve your business to the next level?
If so, you need to create an innovative corporate culture and a creativity-friendly workplace environment. In this course, you’ll explore why creativity and innovation are more important for businesses today than ever before. You’ll examine why and how leading edge companies have turned conventional business culture models on their head through embracing creativity and how to protect your organization from being disrupted or left behind in a rapidly evolving business climate.
You’ll learn how to create a cultural environment that fosters creativity, including creativity blocks to avoid, like micromanaging and an over emphasis on efficiency, and how to establish an idea-response system for your managers, in order to encourage the open the sharing of ideas. Plus, you’ll find out why a creative corporate culture is the key to attracting and retaining great talent, increasing moral and productivity, and ultimately you’re company’s bottom line.
You’ll learn best practices for unleashing your creative team’s potential by bringing together diverse perspectives and creating an environment that embraces risk taking and removes fear of failure.
You’ll learn what “thinking outside-of-the-box” really means and how to overcome the mental traps that hold back individuals and organizations. You’ll master your own creative thinking, so that you can bring your full potential to the team and accelerate your career. And, you’ll be able to teach creative thinking skills to your team, allowing them to reframe challenges into possibilities.
You’ll learn how to apply a powerful creative-problem-solving technique called DESIGN THINKING to your business. The design thinking process will provide a blueprint for creating innovative products and services by helping your team:
- Understand the needs and problems faced by your customers and clarify the true problems holding back your business
- Question assumptions and explore alternative solutions that are beyond any preconceived limitations
- Identify requirements for a satisfactory solution and criteria for testing and identifying when goals have been met
- Generate out-of-the box ideas and a broad range of possibilities by using proven strategies like story mapping and powerful brainstorming processes
- Use hands-on approaches and tangible prototypes to experiment and test your ideas, helping you identify the best solutions that will make the biggest impact for your users and your organization.
So who are we?
We are Joeel & Natalie Rivera. We own a digital media publishing company called Transformation Services, Inc. We provide training programs and curriculum development for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We also run a magazine and live events and conferences. We’ve worked with 40,000 students, coaches and businesses from 170 countries. All of our programs are created based on over a decade of experience in education, business development and coaching, as well as my background in psychology, including my Master’s in Counseling and Education and my research on happiness for my dissertation for my PH.D. in Psychology.
- Creative Thinking: Re-framing and Mind Mapping
- Creative Thinking Reframing and Mind Mapping
- Creative Thinking: Insights and Flow
- Creative Thinking Insights and Flow
- The Importance of Happiness, Play, and Idle Time
- Happiness Play and Idle Time
- The Importance of Rewarding Creativity
- Rewarding Creativity
- The Power of Questions
- Developing Creativity in Individuals
- Creativity for Individuals
- Creating a Creative Physical Environment
- Creative Physical Environment
- Empowering Creative Teams
- Empowering a Creative Team
- The Importance of Diversity
- Power of Diversity
- Develop an Idea-Response Process
- Develop an Idea-Response Process
- Why Design Thinking?
- Design Thinking
- Step 1: Empathize with the End User
- Step 1 Empathize with the End User
- Interview Template
- Step 2: Define the True Problem
- Step 2 Defining the Problem
- Outcome Chart
- Step 3: Ideate and Brainstorm
- Step 3 Ideating
- Brainstorming Process
- Brainstorming Process
- Step 4: Prototype Solutions
- Step 4 Prototyping Solutions
- Step 5: Test, Implement and Assess
- Step 5 Testing and Assessment
- Assessment Template
Joeel & Natalie Rivera
Meet the Instructors
About the Instructor
Joeel and Natalie Rivera are a dynamic duo, as a husband-and-wife team, partners in crime, and BFFs! They are freedom junkies and prolific content creators who have been coaching, speaking, writing, and teaching for more than a decade.
Joeel is a former psychology professor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education and is currently completing his dissertation on eudaemonic happiness for his Ph.D. in Psychology. Using the science of psychology and human potential, they train leading edge entrepreneurs, leaders, life coaches, and individuals how to master the power of their mind and create their destiny.
Joeel & Natalie have started more than a dozen businesses, including (in chronological order) imports, photography, non-profit teen center, life coaching, t-shirts, magazine, book publishing, professional speaking, conferences and workshops, holistic virtual office center, online directory, life coach training, online course publishing AND MORE!
They’ve taken what they’ve learned through their successes and (most importantly) failures, and today they run a powerhouse education and publishing company.
JOEEL’S BEGINNINGS: From an early age, Joeel faced adversity, including failing his first year of college and losing his brother to a car accident at the age of 19. This experience transformed his life and instilled a deep sense of purpose by inspiring him to give his brother Daniel’s name a meaning by helping others find their true path.
In 2009, he fulfilled his dream of opening a youth center in honor of his brother. Shortly thereafter, life called him a different direction and Natalie answered a Craigslist ad and took over his position of co-founder of this business.
NATALIE’S BEGINNINGS: After a decade of living a life that wasn’t authentically hers, and developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a result, Natalie let go of everything and completely transformed. Through her journey to healing, she rediscovered her true self and greater purpose—to be an entrepreneur and inspire others to transform their lives. Natalie “retired” from the rat race at 24, put herself through school as a freelance designer. Days before graduating college (finally) she answered an ad for a business partner running a non-profit teen center.
JOINING FORCES: While Joeel & Natalie met for only 30 minutes during this transition of ownership, two years later they reconnected and recognized how synchronistically the stars had aligned to bring them together. They joke of the irony of how they “starting the same business, just not at the same time” and they’ve been co-creating in life and business ever since.
JOINING THE INFORMATION AGE: Joeel & Natalie joined the information age and became INFOpreneurs in 2014 when they went “green” and transitioned their print magazine into digital format. They found they could reach an exponential, worldwide market at a fraction of the time and cost—and they were hooked! They closed their physical offices and began converting their in-person workshops and training programs into information products and online courses.
THE NIGHTMARE/BLESSING: Then, in 2015 they received a proverbial “kick in the pants” to go “all-in” to the online world when Joeel fell ill after traveling overseas. Natalie became his full-time caretaker and their businesses crumbled down around them. They decided they never wanted to be in that situation again, so they dedicated themselves to converting their training, coaching and speaking programs into online courses that would outlive them. Their new business model is based on investing in “the new real estate”, which is creating passive income through building a portfolio of educational content.
Today they have 150,000+ students from 195 countries. They are passionate about sharing their story and inspiring entrepreneurs to monetize their passion and knowledge in this new digital education economy.