NPCC organizes workshop on Innovation through Design Thinking

Ebène, 21 May 2019: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) is organising a workshop on ‘Innovation through Design Thinking’ on 3 and 4 June as part of their effort to promote innovative practices amid local organisations and subsequently to boost up productivity at all levels.

The workshop, which will be hosted by Singapore based training, facilitation, coaching and consulting expert, Grace Tan, is expected to help participants obtain a strong insight into the realms of Design Thinking and how they can use the tools provided to bring innovation into their activities.

Technically, the workshop will enable participants to move from the conventional problem-solving practices to one focused deeply on the human process that taps into attitudes we all have but overlooked. It banks on the abilities to be intuitive, to recognise patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and being able to express ourselves beyond words and symbols.

In simpler terms, Design Thinking is the ability to combine empathy for the context of the problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyse and fit solutions to the context.

During the workshop, participants will be able to apply the steps of Design Thinking in creating innovative solutions and strategies with respect to their own projects. The course is aimed at staff engaged in operation, planning and innovation.

“We recognize the importance of each and every concept geared towards the promotion of productive practices in organisations. We are sparing no effort to contribute to the national economy through our host of projects and initiatives that have a positive impact on productivity and competitiveness. This workshop is one among different projects that we are conducting to sensitise organisations on the importance of innovation, which will definitely bring tangible changes in their operations,” says Mr. Deepak Balgobin, Executive Director of the NPCC.

Grace Tan has worked as a Talent Development Manager with Holiday Inn Atrium and as an Associate

Trainer/Consultant in the manufacturing, retail and hospitality industries as well as in the public service. She has been a trainer in Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) modules under the Service Excellence, Employability Skills, Leadership and People Development frameworks. Besides training, she has developed both WSQ and Non WSQ programmes such as Problem Solving and Decision Making, Creativity and Innovation. Ms. Tan will be in Mauritius as one of the jurors for the National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPQC) 2019 to be held on 28, 29 and 31 May.

Participants can call at the NPCC on 4677700 or visit the website of the NPCC, to fill and submit their registration form.

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