2017 Session Description

Creative Conflict TKO
Optimizing conflict for creativity

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Learning
Maximum Participants: 20
Thursday 9:30pm • Court 6
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

When you read the word ‘conflict’ do you immediately think of the word ‘resolution’? Why is it that we’re instinctively drawn to trying to avoid and resolve conflict when research shows that the right types of conflict are key to being more creative and producing better ideas.

As a species we’re not comfortable with conflict, but as creative evangelists it’s our job to encourage it when appropriate. This workshop will help you understand the roots and types of conflict, your personal conflict styles, and give you some simple rules to successfully build conflict confidence (as well as tips to cool it when things get too hot). In this experiential workshop we break down the essential components of positive conflict into easily accessible and fun techniques, transforming you into a creative conflict master.

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • Understand which types of conflict can accelerate your team’s creative output and which can kill it
  • Learn tools and techniques that can be applied to generating healthy conflict and cooling it off when it goes too far
  • Discover your own and others’ personal conflict style and when to try borrow another approach

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Paul Fleming
Toronto, ON

Paul’s day jobs give him a unique perspective on the working world. As the VP of Fuel with Combustion, a world-conquering, butt-kicking learning and development company he works with clients to develop programs delivering ninja level soft skills like creativity, presentation skills and leadership while covertly changing organizational cultures.

His alter ego (who is pursuing a doctorate) passionately researches how start-ups come into existence to uncover and share what we can learn from them. Mashing together over 25 years of experience working in consulting, advertising, and entrepreneurial ventures Paul delivers a fresh and thought-provoking take on where work needs to go.

He sits on the Advisory Board of Management Studies at Humber Business School and the Leader Project at the Ivey School of Business (where he’s worked with on the ground with entrepreneurs in Haiti and Lithuania).

This is Paul’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.
paulfleming.info

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