Gaia Grant, Executive Managing Director of Tirian International Consultancy , is a perceptive communicator who is able to use her unique insights into individuals and organizations at all levels to enlighten groups.
Gaia is the author of several books, including: “Who Killed Creativity?” (Jossey Bass / Wiley), “A Patch of Paradise” and “The Rhythm of Life” (Random House). Her research and extensive travel to many unique countries, combined with her experience in running an international organization with extensive reach, has given her an appreciation of the qualities needed for self, team and organizational leadership. With a background in Education and Psychology, Gaia is able to utilise a diverse range of ideas to relate to and engage audiences. She is regularly engaged by many fortune 500 companies as a facilitator to assist with design thinking, ideation & dealing with wicked problems.
Gaia has featured on international radio and TV (including BBC and commercial TV programs), & in several international business publications such as the Australian Financial Review & the Asian Wall St Journal. She continues to write for a range of media, and is regularly asked to speak about her thoughts and experiences. She is also a highly skilled and creative program designer, coach and facilitator with the ability to perceive deeper needs and find ways of exploring these positively and purposefully. Clients that she has helped deliver innovation to include Clients include: Google (Mountain View), Duke University, Optus, Baker & McKenzie, Schneider Electric, Visa Card, JP Morgan, & The Four Seasons hotels.
Along with business and corporate work, Gaia and her partner Andrew, CEO of Tirian International, have been involved in many other fields of training, including working with aid projects in El Salvador and tribal groups in Thailand and India. Gaia has been a lecturer in Education at the Central Philippines University and more recently has worked with the International and Indian Schools Total Health Program as an Associate Director, writing for, and training senior education, health and political officials to produce a program that will become the standard text throughout India and other developing countries. This project is targeted to reach over 25 million children worldwide. Gaia has a BA, Dip Ed, BD, Grad Dip Change Leadership, and is currently studying a Post Grad Masters of Science in Creative Thinking (International Center for Studies in Creativity State University of NY) leading into a PhD. Gaia is able to now offer full consulting and facilitation along with being accredited in the CPS model.
When not traveling Gaia lives between Sydney and Bali.
To book Gaia Grant call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.
The Magic of Creative Thinking & How To Really Think Outside The Box
“We see not the world ‘as it is’ – but we see the world in a way that proved useful in the past.”
A FAST PACED active session that is packed full of magic tricks, which quickly segues to challenging people about their mindset and mental models, peppered with some interesting information from neuroscience. Through a powerful metaphor, this session shows the strong connection between what magicians and creative thinking have in common: why people are so easily fooled by magic, and so readily blocked from solutions based creative thinking.
At the end of this keynote participants will develop the ability to look for solutions outside their standard boundaries and habitual ways of thinking. (Can also be presented with specialist magician mentalist including pre/ post lobby magic)
The Crime: Is Creative Thinking Dying? & What Can We Do About It?
An IBM survey of over 1500 CEOs has revealed that creative thinking skills are the greatest attribute needed for leaders in the next 5 years. And yet research has shown that while IQ has been on the rise, since 1990 creative thinking (CQ) has been rapidly declining. Whilst 98 % of children are ranked as “geniuses” in divergent thinking, by adulthood this number has dropped to a mere 2%.
THIS session takes the participants on a journey from the classroom to the boardroom, helping them understand the current creative thinking crisis. It looks at the implications in the workplace of a number of dramatic statistics, and shows how it is possible to rise above these stats and develop a creative and innovative culture.
At the end of this keynote participants will be able to identify the importance of developing creative thinking.
The Scene: Dealing with Disruptive Innovation & How To End Up On Top
“Innovation emerges out of the structural tension between the way things are and the way we imagine they could be, therefore the gap between what people can do today and what they want to be able to do is driving change beyond what anyone may have anticipated.”
THIS session explores the difference between an ordinary organisation and one that has a culture of creativity – revealing a 40000 year old secret to dealing with disruptive innovation. This session reveals why it’s going to be critical to become a creative and innovative organisation, and demonstrates how organisations can best prepare for the future. The future is described as a place where small companies topple the large, the super large eat up industries, and customers will innovate with or without the organisations: good news for the prepared, but devastating for those in denial. This session will encourage participants to see the importance of thinking ahead and being prepared, showing that creative thinking is no longer a luxury for the gifted few, but a necessity for survival. At the end of this session participants will be able to identify the importance of harnessing disruptive innovation and creating a positive innovative culture, facilitate better decisions by showing how to pay close attention to signals that point the way forward. AND help question unconsciously held biases and world views to come up with authentic alternative realities.
The Investigation: Profiling the Creative Thinking Killers & Creating A Culture Of Innovation
“The most ambitious criminologists are not just satisfied with analysing data from the past – they want to predict and control the future.”
MODERN DAY PROFILING is not only used to catch criminals, but predicative methodology is now being used in many areas to predict and control an environment. This interactive keynote turns the audience into detectives, and investigates what kills creative thinking in a fun Cluedo (Clue) CSI style session. It takes the 7 ‘creative killer’ suspects and puts them through a line up and profiling process. A few suspects are then examined in-depth. Humorous facts and interesting research into neuroscience reveal how it is possible to overcome these blockages or at least avoid them, both on an individual, team and organisational level. (A Special Asian cultural version of this keynote is available). Suspects include: Control, Fear, Pressure, Insulation, Narrow Mindedness, Apathy & Pessimism.
At the end of this keynote participants will be able to identify the key blocks to creative thinking and how they can be dealt with.
The Forensic Lab & The Neuroscience Of Creative Thinking
Why is it important for adults to learn to play intelligently, and why is having “down time” simply not good enough for creating an innovative environment? How can individuals capitalize on the power of the neural network to create profound “Eureka!” moments?
Most people hang on to habitual behaviors and attitudes as a survival mechanism, and yet outside of these boundaries is a universe of possibilities. We can become trapped inside these perceived limits by our instinctive ‘fight, flight or freeze’ responses to stress. The primitive human brain is designed to respond at an instinctive ‘reptilian’ level under pressure without allowing more reflective and advanced creative thinking. Learning to be creative takes more than some quick inspiration, it involves developing a plastic receptivity and cognitive flexibility that enables us to imagine and invent the potential future. By re-training the brain to utilise these innate creative processes effectively, highly creative thinking and problem solving can be achieved. This session reveals how it is possible to maximise individual creativity – and how to avoid the potential ‘creativity killers’. With fascinating insights from the latest research in neuroscience into the workings of the creative brain, individuals learn how to access and harness their unique creative skills.
The Rescuers: Creative Thinking Rescue Strategies (a human centric design thinking approach)
Creativity can occur in any company on a haphazard basis. But how can leaders promote creative thinking as a way to solve problems better, faster and more cost effectively?
THIS KEYNOTE focuses on the key rescue strategies and works through them to show participants how they can use these strategies to develop their creative thinking skills. It reveals a model for developing DESIGN THINKING, IDEATION & CREATIVE THINKING that directly addresses the key creative thinking blockers, and works towards creating a positive organizational culture that supports creative thinking and innovation. The practical and immediately applicable approach provides a valuable structure for promoting creative thinking on an ongoing basis.
Rescue approaches include: 1. Enquiry: Opening up thinking, 2. Exploration: Imagining options, 3. Solution: Making connections, 4. Application: Testing for implementation
At the end of this keynote participants will have learnt a practical model for developing creative thinking and will have had practice in using it.
International Center for Studies in Creativity State University of New York (Buffalo)
“I was delighted with the workshop Who Killed Creativity?, which has both quality and depth. The combination of your depth of knowledge, presentation skills, and the delightful game made the experience safe, enlightening, and most important, change-enabling. The experience is both easy and fun. We know that experiential learning has the most likely chance of changing behavior over the long term, and the extended value is in the likelihood of the experience “sticking”. Business, education, and government need to engage the new learnings you offer through your program.”
VP Neurosciences Global Medical Affairs, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (Keynote to the international Global Medical Affairs team / Berlin Germany)
“Andrew has the capacity to magically captivate your audience, regardless how jet-lagged they are, and transform the meeting place into an open and receptive arena that serves as a great springboard to talk about change towards more innovation.”
Regional General Manager & Senior Vice President Consumer Products Disney
“You gave us compelling ideas that are worthwhile for use in our marketing.” (Creative Thinking Workshop – Hong Kong)
Global Operations UBS Investment Bank- London UK
Top marks for helping us ensure that the whole issue of creating a supporting culture that enables our key strategic initiatives, becomes successful. (Design Thinking Keynote and Workshop- London, UK)
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