Creative Thinking Tools, Services, Education, Consulting.  
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
Thomas Edison

You don't just teach creativity, you teach it creatively.
Candace Thompson, First Chicago

Top 5 Speaker
Mitch Ditkoff, the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions, has recently been voted a top 5 speaker in the field of innovation and creativity by Speakers Platform, a leading speaker's bureau.
Awake at the Wheel, Book about big ideas If you're looking for a powerful way to jump start innovation and get your creative juices flowing, Awake at the Wheel is for you. Written by Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions.
See Mitch's keynote address Enjoy a 7-minute interview with Mitch at the Ethical Sourcing Forum in NYC: 3/28/11
Featured in Alltop Guy Kawasaki's Alltop "online magazine rack" has recognized Idea Champions' blog as one of the leading innovation blogs on the web. Check out The Heart of Innovation, and subscribe!
Face the Music Blues Band The world's first interactive business blues band. A great way to help your workforce go beyond complaint.

"In tune with corporate America." — CNN

Breakthrough Cafe.
A totally unique brainstorming salon. Great food. Great food for thought. Great people. Collaborate, have fun, get out of the box.

"Inno-waiters With Whine Lists" – The Breakthrough Cafe featured in January 2006 issue of
Breakthrough Thinking
Conducting Genius
Brainstorm Facilitation Training

“The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.”
Thomas Carlyle

Conducting Genius is a 1-3 day certification training that's ideal for anyone committed to becoming a first-rate brainstorm facilitator. The training is especially suitable for change agents, team leaders, meeting facilitators, and organizational leaders who want to spark creative thinking and innovation.

Conducting Genius is highly customizable and represents the very best of our 25 years experience designing and facilitating ideation sessions for a wide range of forward-thinking organizations.

The training is modular, customizable, and can easily be adapted to fit the learning needs, social styles, and experience of participants.

While each Conducting Genius training is unique – in duration, scope and content – it is likely to include a selection of the following topics:

  • Framing effective problem statements
  • Identifying and transforming limiting assumptions
  • The DNA of brainstorming: structure and process
  • How to help left-brained people think out of the box
  • Pre session needs assessments, post-session follow up
  • The varied roles of a brainstorm facilitator
  • Why most brainstorm sessions fail
  • The right use of creative thinking tools and techniques
  • Emergent design
  • Maximizing the use of experiential problem-solving challenges
  • Idea capture methods
  • Diffusing naysaying and idea killers
  • Listening and feedback
  • How to design quick hitting ideation sessions (60 minutes and less)
  • Advanced facilitation techniques
  • Conducting idea workouts with key stakeholders
  • Real-time brainstorm facilitation practice
All Conducting Genius participants receive Idea Champions' Brainstorm Facilitator kit:
  • 172 page Facilitator Manual
  • Free the Genie (idea sparking) cards
  • Free the Genie Leader's Guide
  • Annual subscription to Free the Genie Online
  • Awake at the Wheel (our book about the creative process)
  • Other, TBD materials

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