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Video Conference

Creative Problem Solving

  • Feb 28, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 pm CT; 12:00 - 3:00 pm MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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This presentation is designed to give practical and hand-on techniques and strategies on how to overcome the common “we’ve always done it that way” approach to solving problems at work. Solving problems in a creative manner can be the key to a more productive and satisfactory work life for employees. Creative problem solving is as much an art form as it is a scientific process. It requires creativity, intuition, and imagination. This program is designed to enable participants to learn and apply concepts and techniques related to an integrated approach to creative problem solving.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand problems in new ways
  • Create a target for problem-solving efforts
  • Acquire skills in developing novel solutions
  • Become aware of how groups foster creative problem solving
  • Develop an effective action plan for implementing creative solutions


Patrick Ibarra is an entrepreneur of ideas and architect of innovation, who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of the “we’ve always done it that way” approach. With experience as a city manager and consultant in a Fortune 500 company, he advises top organizations and high achievers, helping them clarify their direction, focus their efforts and execute to achieve to reach the right results faster. Ibarra is co-founder and partner of the Mejorando Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm that brings fresh thinking, innovation, and new ideas to help governments succeed in the 21st century. Mejorando is a Spanish word meaning “getting better all the time” and it reflects Patrick and his firm’s approach with clients who seek to improve the performance of their organizations and the individuals within them. Patrick has two advanced degrees: a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

A frequent speaker at conferences of professions within government, Patrick shares practical strategies to leaders in their pursuit to move their organization forward in all directions. He also authors articles offering specific actions government leaders and managers can implement to immediately improve organizational performance.

Target Audience

All employees.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050