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Creative Problem Solving for T&D Professionals

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom - access will be provided prior to the program
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Creative Problem Solving for T&D Professionals 

Intended Audience

  • Learning professionals seeking to re-charge their creative energy

  • Training team members who seek to address strategic problems 

  • Any individual who will benefit from learning and applying strategic thinking and innovation skills in their role


Are you looking for new ways to solve problems and issues in your organization? Are you frustrated by mandates to “Think outside the box” that fail to provide the space, resources, and support to discover your original ideas?

For T&D to serve as a strategic partner, it’s necessary to think beyond obvious solutions. Businesses easily get stuck thinking “We’ve always done it this way.” We tend to think of innovation as a magical property or some inspired idea. Or that only certain individuals have the gift, and thereby get to innovate for the rest of us. However, innovation rarely happens by accident.

During this workshop, D.J. Netz will offer alternatives (traditional and unorthodox), best practices, and frameworks for developing fresh approaches to solving pernicious problems and addressing unmet needs. Along the way, he’ll share his experiences with collaboration, getting buy-in, and generating useful and unusual ideas that stand out.


During this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Interact with a robust set of strategic and innovative thinking tools 
  • Explore methods for driving innovative thinking within their organizations 
  • Identify actions to stretch their personal creativity

About the Facilitator

D.J. Netz is a senior instructional designer for GP Strategies. For thirty years, D.J. has conducted needs analysis and consultation for mid-size and large organizations, crafting solutions that balance technology with scalability. Along the way, he has developed innovative and popular courses for critical thinking, leadership, and sales training in classroom and online environments.

He is a two-time Brandon Hall award winner and has served organizations such as General Electric, Gulfstream, Comcast, Sony PlayStation, Facebook, SAP, and Intel. He teaches courses on corporate training at Portland State University, and he is the past president of the ATD-Cascadia Chapter. D.J. has a Master’s degree in adult education, and he has been certified in Six Sigma problem solving by the American Society for Quality.

Program Details

This session will use Zoom at the virtual platform.

Workshop begins promptly at 3 pm. Please be logged in and ready to begin.

Technical support is not available during the event so please check your connections ahead of time.

Instructions on how to connect to the event via Zoom will be sent by email the day before the workshop.

CPLP Recertification Credit

CPLPs earn one recertification point/credit for each physical hour of continuing education within one’s current role/job or involving a new experience or content. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork.


HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credit

This program may be eligible for self-certification for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. You will need to keep records of the event and prepare any required paperwork.

Visit the HRCI recertification webpage or the SHRM recertification webpage for more information.

Alignment with ATD’s Talent Development Capability Model 

Developing Professional Capability

Building Personal Capability

Impacting Organizational Capability

Learning Sciences


Business Insight

Instructional Design

Emotional Intelligence & Decision-Making

Consulting & Business Partnering 

Training Delivery & Facilitation

Collaboration & Leadership 

Organizational Development & Culture

Technology Application

Cultural Awareness & Inclusion

Talent Strategy & Management

Knowledge Management

Project Management

Performance Improvement 

Career & Leadership Development

Compliance & Ethical Behavior

Change Management


Lifelong Learning

Data & Analytics

Evaluating Impact

Future Readiness

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