Applied Creative Problem-Solving and Leading Innovation Teams

Certificate Program

Program Overview

Through a series of structured learning experiences, participants will learn to become deliberately creative and build their skills to lead Innovation Teams in their organizations. Participants will be instructed by Dr. Roger Firestien, who has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world.


The two structured learning experiences, are the Applied Creative Problem-Solving course and the Leading Innovation Teams course.

I. Applied Creative Problem-Solving

Five virtual, in-person or hybrid synchronous classes of 3 hours each.

Creativity isn’t some mysterious ability that only a few people possess. Creativity is a skill.  Just like you learned to ride a bicycle, you can learn how to be creative. You can learn how to turn on your creativity at will instead of waiting for ideas to happen.

In this course, participants apply the entire Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) process to solve real challenges that they bring to the course.  Creative Problem-Solving is designed to solve problems that are complex, ambiguous, potentially dangerous and need creative ideas.

As a result of completing this course, participants will:

  • apply a variety of Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) methods to identify the best problem to solve;
  • select and accurately apply creativity tools to generate and select creative questions, ideas, and action steps;
  • understand their personal approach to problem solving and how it impacts their personal and professional lives;
  • apply Creative Problem-Solving skills in their personal and professional lives.

In addition to instruction, participants will receive the following learning materials:

  • Unlimited access to the Nine-part e-learning OpenSesame video series on innovation.
  • Unlimited access to the on-line course, Leading the Creative Problem-Solving process
  • Creativity Unbound: An introduction to creative process
  • Create in a Flash: A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation.
  • Solve the Real Problem.
  • The Little Book of Facilitating CPS.

Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate in Applied Creative Problem-Solving.

Tuition, all materials and books $1,350 per person.
Want to do the program in person at your location? Contact us for pricing.

II. Leading Innovation Teams

Five in-person classes of 3 hours each.

After experiencing the value of applying the Creative Problem-Solving process individually, participants will then use their skills to lead Creative Problem-Solving teams in their organizations.

Participants will facilitate the (CPS) process using actual work-related problems.  In this course, participants will deepen their knowledge of the Creative Problem-Solving process and get real work done at the same time.

As a result of completing this course, participants will:

  • assess and apply the appropriate creativity tool(s) for solving organizational challenges,
  • analyze and practice the management of various aspects of CPS with client groups;
  • utilize various methods for questioning and listening when facilitating CPS in teams;
  • successfully lead innovation teams to create breakthrough results.

Program Learning Materials:

This course will utilize all of the resources from the Applied Creative Problem-Solving course, which is a pre-requisite to this course,  and will also include the book: Facilitation: A Door to Creative Leadership.

Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate in Leading Innovation Teams.
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For participants in the Western New York area, the in-person classes will be conducted on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY.  The Roycroft Campus is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the “guilds” that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century. Founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1895, the Roycroft movement had a strong influence on the development of American architecture , creativity and design in the early 20th century. Most sessions will include a meal.


All participants who complete any of the courses will have access to The Leading on the Creative Edge ™ web-based forum.  Participants can pose questions, seek advice, or share key learnings they have had.  Dr. Firestien will answer questions and respond to inquiries. Every year the forum will be compiled, edited slightly and published electronically for all participants. Involvement is free for up to one year after completion of any of the courses.