Dave Whittington, PhD, provides training, facilitation and coaching services to organizations, teams and individuals. He has a background in science, engineering and education with an interest in strategic leadership. He works primarily in the Greater Victoria area with the high technology and health sectors. A former lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Dr. Whittington joined Royal Roads University in 2000 as Associate Faculty and has worked in the MBA and MA in Leadership programs, as well as in Executive Education.
Workplace innovation is now widely recognized as crucial to organizational survival and growth. This workshop introduces participants to the personal attitudes and skills that develop creative confidence and competence in the workplace. This highly experiential two-day workshop is based on sound research yet is extremely practical in nature. You will explore your own personal creativity and the crucial role of experimentation, risk taking and failure tolerance to the creative process.
This four-week interactive course will explore the principles and methods of Design Thinking. You will utilize Design Thinking approaches to work on specific workplace, or life, challenges. You will also identify a suitable challenge of your own and develop a plan to address it. By the end of the course, you will understand how Design Thinking can provide answers to the ambiguity and uncertainty synonymous with 21st-century life and work.
This two-day interactive workshop will explore the principles and methods of Design Thinking. You will use Design Thinking methods to work on the design challenge “How might we cultivate innovation in our life and work?" You will also be guided in selecting a suitable challenge of your own and develop a plan to address it. By the end of the workshop, you will understand how Design Thinking provides an answer to the ambiguity and uncertainty synonymous with 21st century life and work.
Leading Complex Systems is an exciting, highly relevant and real-world driven five-day program designed to fully engage leaders in furthering their capacity to lead the systems they work in and with. When we see issues and challenges in our systems as being caused by our unique circumstances and driven by the various individual personalities involved, then so too are our strategies to fix, fire or rotate the person. The Leading Complex Systems program changes this pattern and focuses on helping participants learn to provide leadership that addresses issues systemically rather than personally. Through the application of experiential learning designs, participants quickly learn and apply essential systems leadership strategies to projects and challenges they bring with them to the program.