When yesterday’s solutions no longer work and you don’t know what else to do – creativity is the only way forward.

  • Creativity is more than coming up with a great idea.
  • Creativity is solving the real problem.
  • Creativity is making a good idea great.
  • Creativity is putting your best ideas into action.
  • Creativity is getting results.


You can learn to be deliberately creative!

You will be instructed by Dr. Roger Firestien, who has presented programs on Creative Problem-Solving to over 600 organizations around the world including corporations, government agencies, universities, associations, and religious institutions.

About The Course:

In-person on the historic Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY (Buffalo)

Creativity isn’t some mysterious ability that only a few people possess. Creativity is a skill. You can learn how to turn on your creativity at will instead of waiting for ideas to happen.

In this experience you will:

Learn how to create on-demand using a process that is simple, well-researched, and repeatable
Make major progress on a goal that you would like to make happen
Discover how to solve the real problem, not a symptom in any aspect of your life
Generate at least 50 ideas in five minutes for solving any problem you might encounter
Develop creative plans to make sure your idea gets put into action instead of it dying on a flipchart
Apply the Creative Problem-Solving process to create a culture of creativity to give your organization a huge competitive edge
Create the strategy for your personal or professional future so that you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning to do the work that you love

You will apply the Creative Problem-Solving process to solve real challenges that you bring to the program. We don’t use case studies. The following are challenges that previous participants have solved:

  • An owner of a boutique hotel created new ways to fill rooms in the off-season
  • A corporate consultant developed a new approach to change the culture in his client’s companies
  • A director of a regional arts organization developed new ways to promote a contemporary dance event
  • A doctor moved his practice off of insurance to a private pay model
  • A retired teacher created a new business based on her teaching talents
  • A doctor significantly improved medical education in a large medical school
  • A new college graduate created a detailed plan for his future career

As soon as you register, you will have access to videos, books, and structured learning activities to begin to master your creativity.

The Mastering Your Creativity experience is limited to 12 people. This provides you with a tailored, personalized experience at an extraordinary location.

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

The course could just as well be named “Solving the Correct Problem”. The multistep process circles back to the question at hand forcing one to really examine the true nature of the problem. So naturally, with the correct formulation of the problem and all the ideas for tackling it, some real progress can be made very quickly. I will be applying this method to many of my engineering efforts.

Thank you for the very entertaining and informative three days together.

Christopher J. Brown, PE
Senior Consulting Engineer
RCM Thermal Kinetics
It was inspiring! I left the sessions with many ideas to improve my business, and a methodology for replicating the great outcomes we achieved as a group. We have already implemented Roger’s process into our day-to-day business, with great results.

Andrew W. Meier, Esq.
WSM Elder Law, P.C.
I was so pumped from our first 2 days that I’m just beginning to come down from it. Can’t wait for the next time we get together in November. Great job everyone and a special thanks to our leader, Roger. It is a privilege to be a part of this inaugural group.

Michael Geraci, Jr., MD, PT
Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Just re-read the brainstorming and brainwriting ideas for my real problem. So many cool ideas that were not “on my radar”!

Daniel Sheehan, MD, PhD
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

When people ask me about the course I tell them I am taking a certification course where I’m learning how to create on demand using a process that is simple, well researched, and repeatable that will help me to create a culture of creativity that will be a huge competitive advantage for my company!

Joe Fox
CEO TrainSMART Personal Fitness

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
All of the power-point slides and unlimited access to all of the course handouts.

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.


$2,150/per person

Includes all materials, books, and meals

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.


Program Schedule:


Wednesday, September 25, 2024: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2024: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 27, 2024: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

If you can’t make it to this event or would like details about having Roger come work with your team, please reach out and we can discuss the options that are available.


Common Questions and Answers:

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact me.

Can I Have Roger Teach My Team?
Of course! This course can be available virtually and also can be delivered on-site at your organization. Contact Roger for details.
Where is the course held?

The course will be held 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.

Bonus: If you are from outside of the area, or just want to get some more creativity goodies, please do not plan to fly out on Friday April 5 before 3:00 p.m

After the course, we take a break and I will spend several hours with you discussing any items we did not cover in the course AND I would be delighted for you to be my guest for cocktails at the Roycroft Inn.

Where do I stay when I take the course?

In addition to being a wonderful restaurant, the Roycroft Inn is an amazing hotel. It is just across the street from where we will be meeting. Use the link above or call 716-652-5552 or 877-652-5552 (Toll Free).

There is also a Hampton Inn that is about a 15-minute walk from where we will be meeting.

East Aurora, New York is a charming town 20 minutes south of Buffalo. You will have your choice of wonderful restaurants and shops to explore when you are not in class.


Will There be 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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