Events & Professional Development Calendar


Thinking Outside The Box; Creative Thinking Skills

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Register by February 19, 2019

Thinking differently and being truly creative is difficult in today’s fast-paced, risk-intolerant, and capital-constrained environment. We often hear leaders ask their staff to "think outside the box" more. Leaders at all levels can help foster learning and innovation. This workshop will provide you with the practical tools to "see" problems as opportunities and let go of the old ways of dealing with them by using new thinking tools.

What will be covered? We start by trying to understand how the educational system and other life factors can shape our thinking patterns and lead to incremental or familiar change that is not innovative. You will uncover your unique blend of preferences and strengths in the four stages of the creative process. Mapping these preferences (creative profiles) can help teams learn to respect and synchronize different thinking and problem solving orientations with their fellow teammates. You will learn to use a three-stage process to find the right question/problem, see the current reality more clearly, and conceptualize ideas that will delight your customers. Most importantly, you will learn to think differently and have fun doing it.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Articulate why it is so difficult to “think outside the box” when coaching and developing others to be more creative
  • See your own blend of creative strengths in association with others, thereby increasing mutual understanding and collaboration while decreasing conflict from diverse points of view and working styles
  • Develop innovative ideas that create value and differentiation
  • Respectfully challenge conventional business practices
  • Flex your problem solving style for the associated stage in the innovation process
  • Understand what fosters and impedes innovation and risk taking in organizations

About the Presenter

Erin WaddellErin Waddell is the Principal of Lead With Core Values, a company that coaches and facilitates teams to uncover new possibilities and bring their best selves to the world. Over a wide-ranging career, she’s been a successful executive and leadership coach accountant, educator, project manager, international public speaker, transformational change agent, management consultant, and leadership development facilitator. Erin is passionate about learning methods that are practical, personalized, and highly interactive. Erin is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and a credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She holds a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. Erin is an active volunteer with organizations supporting education, health, and infrastructure in the developing world. She is a director of Health Reach Canada, a not-for-profit supporting development projects in Nepal, Tanzania, and India. 



APEGA Edmonton Office

1500 Scotia Place

Edmonton, AB

T5J 4A2


February 26, 2019


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Erin Waddell


Professional Member: $305

Member-in-Training: $205

Non-Member: $355


Group and company discounts apply.
Every third registrant on the same form gets 50% off.

Eligible PDH


Registration Deadline

February 19, 2019

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