Leading Innovation Certificate Program

Applied Creative Problem-Solving and Leading Innovation Teams

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 presented programs on innovation to over 600 organizations around the world including: fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations and churches.

Learning Experiences

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

Part I. Applied Creative Problem-Solving

In person on the Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY

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.

As a result of completing this course, participants will:

Understand the Creative Problem-Solving process and be able to apply it in their personal and professional lives to solve problems they encounter that have no known solutions
Apply the Creative Problem-Solving framework, methodology and supporting tools to identify the best problem(s) to solve
Select and accurately apply creativity tools to generate and select creative questions and ideas
Understand their personal approach to problem solving and how it impacts their personal and professional lives

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.

When Dr. Firestien has previously taught this course, participants have used it to: create new business, dramatically improve their existing businesses, develop educational programs that make students’ lives better, invent new products or services, reduce manufacturing costs, streamline agricultural practices, begin to improve diagnosis in health care, solve community problems, improve their personal relationships and launch entirely new careers.

Monday October 2, 2023: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday October 3, 2023: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Monday November 6, 2023: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday November 7, 2023: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On both days a light breakfast will be served and lunch will be provided when the course meets all day.

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


$1,450/per person

Includes all materials, books, and meals

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 online course, Leading the Creative Problem-Solving process
The Little Book of Facilitating CPS

When you register for the course you will receive your personal link to Dr. Firestien innovation series on OpenSesame. You will also receive a digital copy of Create in a Flash so you can start learning before you arrive. You will receive a signed hard copy of Create in a Flash on the first day of the course.

Join the amazing people who have already registered for the course.

Joe Fox CEO of TrainSmart Personal Fitness

Dr. Michael Geraci of Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Dr. Dan Sheehan with the University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Ken Snyder with Buffalo Neurosurgery

Dr. Robert Gatewood interim chief of cardiology at Kaleida Health Systems


What is Creative Problem Solving?

Imagine if the next time you came across a tough problem in any aspect of your life you knew exactly how to go about solving that problem. Imagine what would be possible.

Part II. Leading Innovation Teams

Six 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

Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate in Leading Innovation Teams.


$1,450/per person

Includes all materials, books, and meals

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
Facilitation: A Door to Creative Leadership


Venue for In Person Classes

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.

Support After the Course

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.

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