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Enterprising Thinking for Academics


Virtually all academics and members of staff at Higher Education organisations now need to think and behave in more ‘enterprising’ ways to survive and thrive in a rapidly-changing and fiercely-competitive environment. With this in mind, this one-day ‘Enterprising Thinking’ workshop is designed to help participants step beyond what is to explore what could be.

Participants will be exploring the compelling links between ‘Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise’ and inspired to see things differently and open their minds up to new ‘commercial’ opportunities.

Part of the training will look more closely at enterprising communication styles and several of the major psychological and organisational ‘BLOCKS’ and ‘BOOSTERS’ that can either help or hinder enterprising thinking and behaviours. In the process, participants will have the opportunity to link the ‘creative thinking’ tools and techniques from the session back to the ‘real world’ of academia, and explore alternative and additional ways to communicate with others in a more business-like manner, to network and collaborate more effectively, and to live and breathe enterprising ‘boldness’ on a day-to-day basis.

Course Content:

  • Lateral Thinking Exercises – to help open participants’ minds up and creative ways of thinking.
  • The world of ‘Enterprise’, what does Enterprise mean? A brief history of Enterprise, How many different types of Enterprise are there? Is an Entrepreneur born or made?
  • Picturing the perfect Entrepreneur exercise
  • Academic Enterprise – In what ways can more enterprising thinking and behaviours potentially add value in the work you and others do?
  • Enterprise & idea generation: The C.A.N.D.O methodology
  • Enterprising Communication
  • Psychological blocks and boosters to Enterprise
  • Enterprise & Idea Evaluation


1 day

Maximum number of participants:


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