Voices of Our Clients

Participant Testimonials

  

"I realized that I was unconsciously thinking, “things have to be this way”, “my idea has to be brilliant”, or “I don’t want people to think my idea sucks.” Later I realized that my preconceptions were disturbing my creativity. At the same time, I learned importance of creating a safe environment for people, including myself, to feel free to speak their mind without fearing how others might feel about them."

 

"I have experienced other creative thinking workshops before. But an approach of this workshop is totally different form others. It is simple and easy to understand. My favorite portion is “Kyoso (create something with others)”. The concept opened my eyes through discussions with other members. It leads me to think that I would like to spread innovation in my workplace as a creative leader rather than think only by myself."

 

"I was in a thinking trap and jumped to the conclusion, “I can’t… because of limited available resources”. However, after becoming aware of this tendency, which I was unable to notice before, I felt I could start seeing the situation differently."

 

"While experiencing different techniques in Innovation Thinking System workshop, I learned that some people are good at one technique; while others are good at others. I found my strengths in the innovation process and learned how important it is to work in diverse team, as this leverages all our different strengths at different innovation phases."

 

"I usually felt that I needed to change my view point when I generated ideas but I did not know how to do. In this workshop, I feel that I found a way to solve this problem!"

 

"The messages of this workshop “Focus on more quantity than quality in the divergent thinking phase” and “Think for oneself and with other members (Kyoso)” were conveyed clearly throughout the workshop. It benefited me well to see my unconscious thinking patters as well as to acquire useful techniques in generating ideas."

 

"I didn’t think that I could use techniques to generate ideas for problem solving at my workplace. Before participating in this workshop, I only used fixed conventional ways and past experiences to solve problems. I learned several techniques through this ITS workshop to come up with many ideas. Furthermore, I experienced that more excellent ideas can be added when I work together with other members, and this process is called “Kyoso” in Japanese and the meaning is to create something together.
All the techniques are useful and I will use them, starting tomorrow, in my workplace."

 

"The convergent techniques help with selecting the best idea from all possible ideas, as well as by considering different perspectives and building a consensus about standards and goals."

 

"Reviewing our current users, services and how we provide our services (a process I learned in ITS) opens up my mind, dramatically changing my perspective and ideas."

 

"I experienced an amazing process of being able to build a more sophisticated idea through discussion with others."

 

"I now understand that coming up with plenty of ideas eventually leads to a higher quality of ideas. At the same time I was blessed with participants who welcome my ideas, so I was able to suggest many ideas. It is important not to judge or deny what comes up when we are generating ideas."

 

"I used to think defying internal biases and thinking outside of the box was impossible, since this was the matter of feelings. I later learned that we can transcend these biases/stereotypes using techniques from the Innovation Thinking System."

 

"I learned what to consider when implementing an idea in our project."

 

"Even when I had a good idea, I had trouble executing and realizing it. The Innovation Thinking System helped me to be aware of how I kept falling into different thinking traps, like blaming others or the circumstances."

 

"The Innovative Thinking System is a way of thinking and skill building that I was not consciously aware of. It is an important way of creating space for innovation and the co-creation of ideas with colleagues, which is essential. I want to tell my colleagues what I learned in this workshop in order to build that kind of innovative environment in our group."