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Become an official Lateral Thinking™ trainer and deliver this technique to your teams or customers.


In an increasingly competitive world, traditional methods of problem-solving can only take you so far. You need to go beyond problem-solving; you need the ability to generate new concepts and new ways of doing things. Indeed, you must learn to do so on demand, instead of just hoping you'll somehow stumble on an innovative idea. Lateral Thinking™ is a systematic approach in which you use deliberate techniques to enable creativity for competitive advantage.

Workshop overview

By far the most cost-effective method for guaranteeing the implementation of the de Bono tools throughout an organisation is to train your own corporate trainers. Then you can deliver de Bono's Thinking Tools to as many staff as appropriate.

After this initial Accreditation Workshop, the trainer simply orders workbooks from Indigo on a volume discount basis. In addition to this, the trainer receives constant updates about developments from the international trainer network that de Bono has created.

Accreditation benefits

Each accredited trainer is required to buy licensed materials and workbooks on completion of their accreditation.

To support and encourage the introduction of the Lateral Thinking™ system, Indigo offer cumulative discounts for the purchase of licensed materials and workbooks. Discounts are calculated per company, so when more than one trainer is trained, they all contribute to one company discount scheme.

Workshop objectives

    • Dr Edward de Bono's Lateral Thinking™ will equip you with solid practical methods for challenging current thinking.
    • You'll find out how to harness your own creativity so that it can work for you, when you need it, for competitive advantage. 
    • You'll learn to solve problems and generate new ideas to meet the challenges of the modern business environment.
    • You'll leave the seminar with skills that you have practised and can apply immediately on return to work.

Accreditation process outline

Each candidate must be nominated by their organisation and approved by Indigo. Once you've attended the Lateral Thinking™ workshop as a delegate, the accreditation process follows these simple steps:

STEP 1 - Apply. We'll run through the process in detail, ensuring our trainer accreditation options are right for you. Candidates will be required to provide information about their training background, levels of experience and educational attainment. Once approved, each candidate will be required to sign Trainer Accreditation Agreements with the IP holder and Indigo.

STEP 2 - Learn. Attend the accreditation workshop and team teach (extra charges may apply) your first event.

STEP 3 - Teach. Upon successful trainer accreditation, team teach and Master Trainer approval, we will work with you to maximise your training opportunities and abilities. It's our role to support you, keep you up-to-date and ensure the highest quality delivery in all our workshops.

STEP 4 - Refresh. Your customers and delegates need to know that they are working with the best trainers with the most up-to-date content and using licensed materials. To ensure quality of delivery and depth, you are required to re-accredit every two years.

Fees include the training delivered by an Accredited Master Trainer, full instructor manuals and all other necessary training materials.

Who should attend?

Candidates will be established training professionals with a track record of delivering effective development at all levels.

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Indigo workshops help you harness improvement and innovation to deliver tangible benefits to your business. Our workshops can be combined to provide a total solution for your company – bringing real improvements to every step of the business process.

You can reserve a place on this course for £3,350pp + VAT.

26-27 September 2019


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5-6 December 2019


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In-house training

An in-house workshop is ideal for training teams and departments. They are the easiest way of training many delegates, making the most of your budget and reducing the need for costly delegate travel. In-house workshops typically result in a 50% saving per delegate cost, when compared to our open workshops.

Delegate places are available at £3,350pp + VAT.

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