Using Constraints as Inspiration

Delivery: In-Person or Virtual

Course Details

inside-the-boxBlue Sky thinking and imagining ideal worlds are great for visioning and identifying where we want to go. But the realities of budget reductions, compliance, risk reduction, and time and resource constraints can make it a real challenge to be creative and think outside the box. These very real complexities require us now more than ever to think creatively and generate new ideas within the confines of our environment. Real innovation happens when vision and constraint intersect. This class looks at creativity from a practical perspective. We explore ways to embrace constraints and use them as a starting point for new thinking. Creativity doesn’t have to mean throwing out all the rules or pretending they don’t exist. We’ll get inside the box and learn how to problem-solve our way through the constraints we’re confronted with allowing us to get to innovative solutions that work in our environment.


  • Learn how to start with and draw inspiration from what already exists
  • Learn to embrace constraints and cultivate, rather than stifle, creativity
  • Discover tools for identifying, understanding, and restating constraints
  • Learn how to see the box differently and use obstacles as opportunities
  • Learn to foster creativity within individuals, teams, and organizations
  • Become more productive
  • Learn how constraints can boost your creativity
  • Increase your flexibility and ability to deal with change
  • Boost your problem-solving abilities and get “unstuck” when you run out of ideas

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone with leadership responsibilities
  • Potential leaders who want to develop leadership skills
  • Executive level management
  • Directors
  • Managers, supervisors, and team leaders
  • Project managers and team members