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“Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it.”
Walt Disney

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  • How would Russell describe his knowledge, skills and abilities?
    Russell is a workplace learning and performance professional with over 17 years of proven experience. He has delivered a variety of subject matter, designed curriculum and conducted the evaluation of training. As a facilitator and trainer of innovation and change leadership, Russell is passionate about accelerating innovation to achieve results that improve profitability, employee performance and overall operational effectiveness. He attains results by utilizing his expertise in innovative and critical thinking skills to assist individuals and groups to define complex problems, generate innovative solutions and transform innovative solutions into action. Also, Russell enjoys training people how to maximize their innovative potential in order to become more productive personally and professionally.

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  • What are Russell’s areas of expertise?
    Russell’s areas of expertise include the following:

    • Training Delivery
    • Designing Learning
    • Human Performance Improvement
    • Coaching
    • Performance Consulting
    • Meeting Facilitation
    • Creative Problem Solving Training & Meeting Faciltiation
    • Change Leadership
    • Idea Generation
    • FourSight™ (Innovation) Assessment
    • Web Site Development

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  • What differentiates Russell from other workforce learning and performance professionals?
    Russell firmly believes his unique expertise of innovative and critical thinking skills differentiates him from other workplace learning and performance professionals, and can augment your current learning and performance approach. He can prove value to your organization by utilizing validated innovative and critical thinking skills to identify opportunities that ensure actionable results. Consider the following three key benefits:

    • Profitability: Russell’s skills and expertise in innovation and change leadership can impact your bottom line and help you do more with less!
    • Employee Performance: His experience using Creative Problem Solving tools and techniques can assist you to get the most out of your team today!
    • Overall Operational Effectiveness: Russell’s proven abilities to facilitate teams solving complex problems can help propel your organization to a leadership position in your field and/or industry!

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  • Explain the following: “Fact: Russell is one of approximately 350 people worldwide with the credentials and expertise in facilitating and training individuals in innovative and critical thinking skills.” What exactly does this mean?
    The reference to “one of approximately 350 people worldwide” refers to Russell’s Master of Science degree in Innovation and Change Leadership attained from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College (State University of New York). The other half of the quote “expertise in facilitating and training individuals in innovative and critical thinking skills” refers to his 17 plus years of experience utilizing the tools and techniques from the Creative Problem Solving process. It also refers to the published research Russell conducted on how cognitive style impacts the learning and future application of innovative and critical thinking skills, personally and professionally.

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  • How might Russell’s designation as a “Certified FourSight™ Advanced Trainer” assist my organization?
    As a Certified Advanced Trainer of the FourSight™, a breakthrough thinking assessment tool, Russell understands how to accelerate innovation to achieve results through insight of our natural innovation process. The FourSight™ is a highly researched, field-tested and validated assessment that offers individuals, groups and organizations a simple, striking profile of high and low preferences for the four distinct phases of the innovation process. Russell has conducted research on the effectiveness of utilizing FourSight™ in conjunction with the teaching of innovative and critical thinking skills. Click here to learn more about the FourSight™ today!

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  • What can Russell’s skills as a “meeting facilitator” do for my organization?
    Russell’s expertise of facilitating meetings utilizing innovative and critical thinking skills can provide a framework and the means by which a group will achieve its objectives – allowing your team to meet their goals faster and more effectively! He will act as a “neutral, independent” third party who helps generate innovative ideas and solutions to your issues. In addition, Russell will assist in the creation and implementation of effective agendas, co-develop clearly defined objectives and tasks, ensure effective team interactions and drive actionable results.

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  • In what ways might Russell’s experience in training individuals and groups in innovative and critical thinking skills enhance their personal and professional lives?
    Albert Einstien once said “imagination is more important than knowledge…knowledge is limited, but imagination encircles the world.” If this is true then the most important resource in any organization is human capital. The individuals who represent your company are responsible for finding solutions to many, many challenges every day. Russell’s proven expertise in innovative and critical thinking skills can enable individuals to maximize their thinking abilities to overcome challenges and discover new opportunities, personally and professionally. Without imagination, knowledge truly is limited!

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  • What is Creative Problem Solving?
    Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is a change management process that utilizes innovative and critical thinking principles and techniques. Using CPS provides a flexible yet structured framework to (1) identify and clarify problems and situations, (2) generate and refine ideas efficiently, and (3) develop and implement innovative solutions. CPS has been researched for over 50 years, beginning with the pioneering work of Alex F. Osborn, author of Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem Solving. As an alumnus of the graduate program offered from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College (State University of New York), Russell utilizes his expertise of the CPS framework, its principles and techniques, to enhance his knowledge, skills and abilities as a workplace learning and performance professional. Click here to learn more about Creative Problem Solving today!

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  • What is the significance of Russell’s logo?
    • Red: Red: Action, Confidence, Courage
    • Blue: Trustworthy, Dependable, Committed
  • Russell's Light Bulb LogoThe light bulb is often associated with the words innovation, ideas and even learning. Russell chose this symbol because our “imagination” is the light that never turns “off.” It’s constantly lit, all around us and present in everything we do.

    Walt Disney once said “change is inevitable; growth is optional.” Our ability to overcome obstacles as well as generate new ideas are key to success. When an individual recognizes they have both the potential and ability to innovate, then every day challenges will transform into new opportunities for growth and prosperity. Therefore, Russell’s logo represents the ability to recognize our untapped potential, or “light,” to utilize innovation daily in every area of our lives.

    In addition to the meaning of the logo, the colors Russell chose are red and blue. There are many different interpretations of Russell’s choices. However, in general, the meaning of the selections are as follows:

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