David Hall | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

David Hall

David left corporate comfort in 2011 to establish The Ideas Centre Ltd, to pursue his passion for business transformation through the release of individual potential.

A highly engaged and inspirational speaker, he coaches businesses of all types to unblock “breakthrough thinking”, introducing an “ideas culture” that drives the innovation process.  

Prior to that, David was CEO of HFL Sport Science Ltd, a drug surveillance and contract research organisation based in Newmarket. More generally – since 1984 he has held leadership positions in a range of sectors such as oil and gas, scientific instrumentation, contract electronics, driving engineering, marketing and manufacturing management. Creativity, innovation, and a pursuit of the perfect culture provide a common thread throughout his career to date.  

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A few other points of note:

  • HFL entered The Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2005.
  • E-on Award – UK’s Most Energetic Boss! (2007).
  • In 2007 became Visiting Professor in Business Creativity at the University of Bedfordshire.
  • In 2007 David became Visiting Professor in Business Creativity at the University of Bedfordshire.

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Creativity Techniques Workshop

This workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques to then introduce them into their own organisations.

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Creativity Techniques workshop

Second Recommended Workshop

Overview:

Kicking off with a quick overview of the underpinning theory behind creative problem solving, this highly interactive workshop will provide hands-on experience of techniques such as Boundary Examination, Reversal and Superheroes. This workshop best follows the introductory workshop 'Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity'

Outline:

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, with experience in facilitating sub-groups through divergent thinking (suspending judgment) and then applying convergent thinking (bringing judgment back into the process):

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Following a brief refresher on the blockages to creativity, this workshop will be highly “hands-on”. Participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques sufficiently to then introduce the techniques into their own organisations.

Participants need no previous experience in creative problem solving techniques, and the content will be relevant to organisations of all types (private, public and third sectors). No preparation is required before-hand – just attend with an open mind!

Outcomes:

Participants will be provided with sufficient experience to then facilitate creative problem solving within their own organisations.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

David will identify how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate new ideas.

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Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

 

First Recommended Workshop:- An essential precursor to the Creativity Techniques Workshop

Overview:

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

Outline:

The world is changing at an ever increasing pace, but the decisions we make and the behaviours that we display are based on models of “reality” which are based on our understanding of the out-dated patterns from the past.  We MUST find ways of challenging these patterns, to free up our thinking, to generate fresh and novel (i.e. creative) ideas that then feed innovation.

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

By identifying the key blocks to creativity, it is possible to develop strategies to overcome them, and then to release the creative potential of every member of staff.

The workshop will explore the following topics:

1. Blocks

  • The thinking process.

  • The brain as a patterning system.

  • Mind-set.

2. Solutions

  • Playfulness.

  • Creative Charter.

  • Creative Problem Solving Techniques.

3. Implementation

  • Creativity Clubs.

4. Examples

  • Hands-on exploration of various techniques.

Case studies will be provided to demonstrate, without doubt, the benefits of introducing a culture of creativity.

 

Outcomes:

Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of the strategic benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business.

  • An understanding of the blockages that operate within the mind of all individuals that effectively block creativity.

  • Practical experience of specific techniques to overcome those blockages.

  • A practical and systematic approach to introduce creativity into the culture of their business – the Creativity Club.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

Creativity Techniques Workshop

This workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques to then introduce them into their own organisations.

Read more

Creativity Techniques workshop

Second Recommended Workshop

Overview:

Kicking off with a quick overview of the underpinning theory behind creative problem solving, this highly interactive workshop will provide hands-on experience of techniques such as Boundary Examination, Reversal and Superheroes. This workshop best follows the introductory workshop 'Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity'

Outline:

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, with experience in facilitating sub-groups through divergent thinking (suspending judgment) and then applying convergent thinking (bringing judgment back into the process):

David Hall Creativity Techniques Workshop image

Following a brief refresher on the blockages to creativity, this workshop will be highly “hands-on”. Participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques sufficiently to then introduce the techniques into their own organisations.

Participants need no previous experience in creative problem solving techniques, and the content will be relevant to organisations of all types (private, public and third sectors). No preparation is required before-hand – just attend with an open mind!

Outcomes:

Participants will be provided with sufficient experience to then facilitate creative problem solving within their own organisations.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

David will identify how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate new ideas.

Read more

 

Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

 

First Recommended Workshop:- An essential precursor to the Creativity Techniques Workshop

Overview:

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

Outline:

The world is changing at an ever increasing pace, but the decisions we make and the behaviours that we display are based on models of “reality” which are based on our understanding of the out-dated patterns from the past.  We MUST find ways of challenging these patterns, to free up our thinking, to generate fresh and novel (i.e. creative) ideas that then feed innovation.

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

By identifying the key blocks to creativity, it is possible to develop strategies to overcome them, and then to release the creative potential of every member of staff.

The workshop will explore the following topics:

1. Blocks

  • The thinking process.

  • The brain as a patterning system.

  • Mind-set.

2. Solutions

  • Playfulness.

  • Creative Charter.

  • Creative Problem Solving Techniques.

3. Implementation

  • Creativity Clubs.

4. Examples

  • Hands-on exploration of various techniques.

Case studies will be provided to demonstrate, without doubt, the benefits of introducing a culture of creativity.

 

Outcomes:

Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of the strategic benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business.

  • An understanding of the blockages that operate within the mind of all individuals that effectively block creativity.

  • Practical experience of specific techniques to overcome those blockages.

  • A practical and systematic approach to introduce creativity into the culture of their business – the Creativity Club.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

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Creativity Techniques Workshop

This workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques to then introduce them into their own organisations.

Read more

Creativity Techniques workshop

Second Recommended Workshop

Overview:

Kicking off with a quick overview of the underpinning theory behind creative problem solving, this highly interactive workshop will provide hands-on experience of techniques such as Boundary Examination, Reversal and Superheroes. This workshop best follows the introductory workshop 'Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity'

Outline:

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with hands-on experience of the creative problem solving cycle, with experience in facilitating sub-groups through divergent thinking (suspending judgment) and then applying convergent thinking (bringing judgment back into the process):

David Hall Creativity Techniques Workshop image

Following a brief refresher on the blockages to creativity, this workshop will be highly “hands-on”. Participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques sufficiently to then introduce the techniques into their own organisations.

Participants need no previous experience in creative problem solving techniques, and the content will be relevant to organisations of all types (private, public and third sectors). No preparation is required before-hand – just attend with an open mind!

Outcomes:

Participants will be provided with sufficient experience to then facilitate creative problem solving within their own organisations.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

David will identify how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate new ideas.

Read more

 

Think Again! The Strategic Role of Creativity.

 

First Recommended Workshop:- An essential precursor to the Creativity Techniques Workshop

Overview:

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

Outline:

The world is changing at an ever increasing pace, but the decisions we make and the behaviours that we display are based on models of “reality” which are based on our understanding of the out-dated patterns from the past.  We MUST find ways of challenging these patterns, to free up our thinking, to generate fresh and novel (i.e. creative) ideas that then feed innovation.

David will demonstrate how creativity can remove the blockages that operate within everyone’s minds, to unleash the power of “breakthrough thinking”, to generate ideas that are both novel and useful.  A culture of creativity can substantially differentiate a business, attracting and retaining the best staff whilst enhancing added value.

By identifying the key blocks to creativity, it is possible to develop strategies to overcome them, and then to release the creative potential of every member of staff.

The workshop will explore the following topics:

1. Blocks

  • The thinking process.

  • The brain as a patterning system.

  • Mind-set.

2. Solutions

  • Playfulness.

  • Creative Charter.

  • Creative Problem Solving Techniques.

3. Implementation

  • Creativity Clubs.

4. Examples

  • Hands-on exploration of various techniques.

Case studies will be provided to demonstrate, without doubt, the benefits of introducing a culture of creativity.

 

Outcomes:

Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of the strategic benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business.

  • An understanding of the blockages that operate within the mind of all individuals that effectively block creativity.

  • Practical experience of specific techniques to overcome those blockages.

  • A practical and systematic approach to introduce creativity into the culture of their business – the Creativity Club.

(This workshop is also available as an extended version suitable for retreats.)

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