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Jonathan Vehar MA
"Leader In The Application of Creativity and Creative Problem Solving"
Jonathan Vehar Expertise: Innovation • Creativity • Product Development • Motivation
Fee Range: $5,000 to $10,000
Location: Illinois     Video
Jonathan Vehar is a leader in the application of Creativity and Creative Problem Solving in organizations and shares his knowledge as a regular instructor at the Creative Problem Solving Institute and the Innovation Network Convergence. He was also an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of many articles, videotapes and training manuals about creative problem solving. Occasionally he can be heard as a contributing commentator on National Public Radio.

Jonathan was formerly the Director of Training and Consulting for the Creative Education Foundation, and prior to that worked in advertising and marketing for Leo Burnett, Lintas:USA, and Schutte & Company. His educational background includes a Master's Degree in Creativity and Innovation from the State University of New York (SUNY) College.
As a speaker and seminar leader, Jonathan has presented creativity programs to thousands of people throughout the US, Canada, and Brazil as well as programs for Korean audiences.

Jonathan Vehar is a Senior Partner at New & Improved,® LLC, where he works with organizations to develop personal creativity and innovation for teams. Some of the organizations to benefit from his training and facilitation include: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Crayola; Disney; Johnson & Johnson; Macrovision; Pfizer; Wells Fargo and business schools at NYU, U of Rochester (NY) and Georgia Tech. Jonathan was formerly the Director of Training and Consulting for the Creative Education Foundation and has written extensively about creative problem solving. Called an “Innovation Guru” by Investor’s Business Daily, he holds a Master’s Degree in Creativity and Innovation from the State University of New York. Jonathan now lives in Illinois, with his wife Susan Rossetti.

Programs with Brief Descriptions:
  • Great Conference…Now what? Innovative Plans to move forward Conference Wrap-Up Session
    Have you ever walked out of an inspiring conference that provoked your thinking and made you want to change everything? What happened next, if you’re like most people, is that you went back to the same old grind and the conference faded into a distant memory.

    More than a culminating session that says more than, “good bye, travel safely, come back next year,” this interactive, high-energy session helps people review what they’ve heard, seen, and learned. Participants then design an innovative approach to putting it to work in their organization to develop a plan to put their learning to work. Attendees will also learn the biggest obstacles they’ll face back in the “real world” and plan for success in working around them. Then they can go back home, put it in practice and then really say, “great conference…and useful too!”

    General Outline:
    • Introduction and Overview
    • The challenge of returning to work
    • Review of key learnings from the conference
    • Summary and application of the key learnings
    • The biggest obstacles in your world
    • Creating plans to implement what’s been learned
    • Fool-proofing the plans
    • Wrap-up
    Group Size: 8 - 600
    Duration: one and-one-half to four hours
    Program benefits -- After the program, participants are able to:
    • Put what they’ve learned into practice
    • Reflect on their learnings and how to apply them
    • Create contingency plans to work through key obstacles at work
    • Shift the conference from “interesting” to “applicable”
    • State the value of the conference to those who were not in attendance


  • Innovation Leadership: How to work together to create breakthroughs (Hot Topic Keynote)
    No matter how hard you squeeze a lemon, there is a finite amount of juice. Organizations can only squeeze so much savings before it begins to atrophy. So then what happens? Change happens. Or the organization dies.

    The good news is that everyone is creative. It’s part of the human condition. But bringing out the creativity in your team and putting it to work productively requires real work…in a new way.

    This presentation looks at the fundamental blocks and barriers to innovation, and then provides new tools and techniques for getting around them, over them, or under them. Participants will also learn the leadership competencies that specifically apply to innovation. By harnessing creatively thinking brains in series, we can create new ways of thinking, new ways of doing, and breakthrough results.

    This presentation will require you to think, will ask you to participate, and will beg you to take action. The status quo will not move the industry forward. Find out how to unseal the box and go beyond routine thinking. Lemonade not included.

    General Outline:
    • Introduction and Overview
    • The impact of the leader on the organizational climate for innovation
    • Why you are a leader in the organization, no matter what your title is
    • How to look at new ideas. Even the stupid ones.
    • What is innovation?
    • Blocks and barriers to innovation leadership
    • Required values for innovation leadership
    • Taking it home
    Group Size: 8 - 600
    Duration: one and-one-half to four hours
    Benefits:
    • Inspires a productive new attitude toward innovation leadership
    • Helps people at all levels of the organization be leaders to help the organization achieve its goals
    • Generates more creative options and a wider range of alternatives for the individual or group
    • Enables participants to better evaluate and build on new ideas
    • Provides new tools and techniques to generate breakthrough solutions
Client Testimonial:
“You definitely dazzled them! You received the highest ratings any speaker has ever gotten at our [annual] conference!”
-- Director of Communications, Learning International

Articles:
Innovative Space Exploration: Designing Your Optimal Creative Environment
Creativity: Turning Off Judgment to Turn on New Ideas!
Why Teambuilding Programs Rarely Work
How to Not Kill the Next Big Idea!

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