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“The creative and divergent thinking classes that Daniel has delivered to analysts from across Government have been particularly well received, being both informative and enjoyable. The feedback has been universally positive.” Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis, Cabinet Office
We can customise training and consultancy packages to suit you. This is a list of some of our most popular programmes
- Generalised Innovation and Adaptability
For your work to have the greatest possible impact, you need to be able to adapt constantly as the world changes around you. This training provides you with the skills needed to do just that, working with your brain’s neuroplasticity (the brain’s own ability to adapt) so that you find it easier to form connections between different parts of your knowledge, or between your existing knowledge and the world.
Our techniques help you, as individuals and as organisations, to overcome our natural tendency to conform, to do things as they have always been done so that you will be more receptive to the possibilities offered by the new connections you make. And we also provide you with the skills to elaborate upon those ideas, to develop them and build on them and explore every opportunity they might create.
We can run individual workshops (ideally for 10-15 people, lasting around 60-75 minutes), but usually we would recommend a training programme of 3 face to face sessions held over 10 weeks with online support throughout the duration of the course; an initial benchmarking and final actionable progress report; and a temperature check after 6 months to ensure you have fully embedded these new ways of thinking.
- Narrative Analysis
Narrative analysis draws on the storyteller’s art of creating compelling narrative by linking actions and motivations. It will help you understand that information, data, and patterns are not static things but points on an arc that goes from a motivation to an intended outcome – and that while the points themselves may not be the result of motivation or intention (we rarely intend to drop a shopping list – though we might), they are intimately related to them (we drop the shopping list where we do because our motivations and intentions in some way bring us to this place carrying this thing). And they are not just points on a single such line but lie at the intersection of many such lines.
We have delivered this course for several years to senior intelligence and data analysts for whom it provides an extra lens for understanding and manipulating data in order to assess which unpromising correlations are – and which promising correlations aren’t – significant.
- Creative Thinking
Based on the “broad and deep” technique that Dan Holloway used to win his two Creative Thinking World Championships, this workshop gives you the tools to generate more and more interesting ideas.
You will focus on two key areas of creativity – how to build a broad base of knowledge that is constantly expanding; and how to store that knowledge using the principle of “leaky walls” in order to make it easier to connect bits of it together so that knowledge isn’t just “there” but is ready to be used.
- Unlocking the Potential of a Neurodivergent Workforce
Any organization working on wicked problems needs to be able to deploy fully every resource it has available. This is why we believe taking inclusion in the workplace seriously is not just a moral but an existential issue.
For many reasons, neurodivergent people and those with mental health conditions often find it hard to follow a “typical” path in life, which means their CVs can look unfamiliar, and they can end up in jobs far below their potential.
This is one of our target areas for direct impact, through our in-work support scheme, but we are also able to provide guidance, support, and packages to help you make some very simple changes to recruitment and working practices that will help you tap vast reserves of potential, giving you a competitive edge, and giving the world you want to improve the kind of edge it needs as well.
- Motivational talks
Whether you want someone to inspire your workforce at the annual dinner or want something more memorable than another training session, Dan Holloway can deliver a talk that is right for you. Drawing on experiences in academia, as a double Creative Thinking World Champion, mental health advocate, the first Intelligence Grandmaster, European Speed Reading Champion, a slam poet who has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, and veteran of multiple 100 kilometre ultramarathons, Dan can tailor an informative, entertaining, and engaging talk that’s right for you.
- A full range of editorial and copywriting skills to maximise the impact of your ideas
It doesn’t matter how brilliant the idea in your head might be. For it to have the best chance of changing the world you need to communicate it. Dan Holloway is a bestselling and award-winning writer and journalist, and also has years of experience as an editor working in fields from academic Social Sciences to freelancing for legendary science fiction publishers Angry Robot.
- Fully bespoke consultancy
Whatever you want help with, ask us if we can help. Whether it’s a new way of thinking about a particular problem, exploring unforeseen potential markets for a new product, exploring innovative ways of entering new markets, or simply wanting to know how you can best change the world for the better, we can help.