Ever wondered how ideas such as chocolate dollar coins, square shaped watermelons and refillable ink pens were thought up?
Thinking about how these novelty items with a useful purpose came about were just some of the techniques covered at one of the first creative thinking workshops held as part of RMIT Vietnam's Executive Development Program.
The workshop on Breakthrough Thinking with Creative Problem Solving saw participants engage with useful and practical tools to take back and implement the creative thinking process at their workplaces.
Sixteen executives from across industry, chamber groups and government attended the workshop which was one of RMIT Vietnam's first wave of public courses.
Participants experienced a number of learner-centred activities including brain-writing and SCAMPER to explore their creativity and call into question their habitual problem solving methods.
Held at RMIT Vietnam's Pham Ngoc Thach site, the workshop was delivered over three days by Manager Enterprise and Executive Education Mattia Miani.
Mr Miani is the only practitioner operating in Vietnam certified in Creative Problem Solving and Change Leadership by the State University of New York Buffalo State College, the homeland of the process.
Recently back from New York after receiving an international creative achievement award from the International Centre for Studies in Creativity, Mr Miani said the CPS method is a proven method to achieve breakthrough results in any organisational setting.
"More than five decades of research validate this claim," Mr Miani said.
"Participants in the Breakthrough thinking with Creative Problem Solving workshop become equipped with the skills to implement creativity effectively and see results for their organisations.
"While being effective in an organisational setting is never an easy task, multicultural organisations pose further challenges," he said.
"CPS can be used as a tool to breakthrough cultural thinking barriers and be creative in a deliberate and conscious way."
Workshop participant and AusCham Marketing & Events Manager Nguyen Thi Linh Phuong said she found the content covered at the workshop extremely useful.
"It has provided me with the tools to practice creative thinking systematically on daily basis both in work and in life," Ms Nguyen said.
"I can see how CPS will help me to come up with creative solutions by encouraging our team to brainstorm with out-of-the-box and unusual ideas."
RMIT Vietnam's Executive Development Program draws on its capability as a global university of technology, design and business with more than ten years of operations in Vietnam.
Program participants have access to a pool of experienced facilitators like Mr Miani who reside in Vietnam and bring international experience across a diverse range of disciplines including human resources management, marketing, communications, advertising, management, telecommunications, high technology manufacturing and energy.
Courses consist of 21 hours of face-to-face learning supplemented by work-based activities.
The courses can be taken as a stand alone or can be grouped to complete the full RMIT Vietnam Executive Development Program.
The courses are designed to assist talented middle and senior managers and entrepreneurs to grow into well-rounded leaders for their organisations.