This workshop will introduce creativity in more of a holistic, attitudinal and personal approach.  One doesn’t just become a creative thinker. The process is deliberate and extended.  The journey begins with a change in attitude and the way we process stimuli and information. In order to be creative, one must genuinely believe that they are capable of being creative and start making changes in how they think and experience the world.  Specifically the work shop will cover:

  • how the brain works and processes information;
  • what we know about creative thinking, perception, and how we process information;
  • creativity, creative capacity, and the state of “Flow”;
  • the role imagination, visualization, and ideation play in creativity and how to enhance each one of these critical components of creative thinking;
  • the value and application of relaxation, meditation, and dreams to bolster creative thinking;
  • the essence and preparation for creative thinking (surrendering, destroying judgement, curiosity, attention, and the art of “dumb” questions);
  • inspiration and implementation of creative thinking (doing easy\effortless\enjoyable, time and stress, balance and creativity, and being yourself);
  • the Tao of Creativity – learning creativity through the eyes of Winnie the Pooh;
  • actions and behaviors one can start immediately to begin the process;
  • begin\continue your personal creativity plan.

The Psychology of Creative Thinking ( 3.5 hours).   As a result of this workshop, participants will learn:

  • what creative thinking is and what the steps are to begin the journey of becoming a creative thinker;
  • to explore what creative capacity and flow are and be able to tap into them;
  • to develop imagination, visualization, and ideation abilities;
  • to apply relaxation, meditation and dream techniques to develop creative thinking skills;
  • to understand and implement the necessary mental processes to begin the process of thinking creatively;
  • to eliminate ineffective thought processes and begin to utilize the effectiveness of simplicity;
  • to identify and eliminate obstacles to creative thinking;
  • to embrace and apply the principle of simplicity to creative thinking;
  • how to relax and access creativity through relaxation and meditation;
  • to create\continue a personal creative thinking plan.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Marian University, Appleton Campus
720 W. Association Dr., Appleton, WI
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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About the presenter

Mick Carroll earned his Ph.D. In Educational Psychology from Loyola University.  His degree specialized in how humans think, learn, and process information.  Mick developed a dual expertise in both creative thinking and critical thinking.  He has enjoyed a long successful career as a professor, college dean, university president, and consultant.  He taught business, as well as creative thinking, classes at universities such as Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt. He presented company workshops on creative and critical thinking nationally and internationally. His style of presentation is very interactive, interesting, and fun.  He won numerous teaching awards over the years and is always excited to present ways for people to become more creative in their thinking and in living.  Now, he is the Chair of the Business Department and Vice President of University Partnerships at Marian University of Wisconsin.