"I help clients break their thinking wide open; to think the unthinkable; to lead remarkable thinking together meetings; to design fresh new solutions that are valuable."
Lynda's Clients Work Hard and Get Results Using Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking Methods
Imagine how thrilling it was to be on one of the teams that experienced these results: The team
- Increased revenue by $300 million; Lateral Thinking and Six Thinking Hats methods were applied.
- Generated 44% of all the patents filed in a Fortune 50 company; Focus on Facilitation, Lateral Thinking, and Six Thinking Hats methods were applied.
- Came in $3.0 million under budget ($15.0 m) on a project to select and implement a new company-wide system; Six Thinking Hats method was applied.
- Exceeded stretch goals for a global event designed to increase new business; Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking methods were applied.
- Reduced meeting time from 30 days to 2 days; Six Thinking Hats method was applied.
Lynda Describes her Business Start-Up
"It’s 1994. Imagine how challenging it is to launch a new business in Los Angeles. A recession is underway. A major business sector, the aerospace industry, is downsizing. I had just moved from Toronto to LA and had no business contacts. I turned down job placement services. Instead, I trusted my instinct to put my business experience to work and started my own company, The Opportunity Thinker. Hughes Aircraft was my first client. I have been working steadily ever since."
2019: Lynda celebrates her 26th year as an independent consultant.
First, a personal fun fact: Lynda shot her second hole-in-one on April 22, 2012; she shot her first hole-in-one on December 19, 2009; now Lynda's working on shooting her third hole-in-one. You'll enjoy reading her golf articles for creativity tips. This article is a favorite with clients.
de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. retained Lynda's services to develop and commercialize an advanced 4-day facilitation workshop; the result--Focus on Facilitation: How to Lead Productive Thinking Together Meetings that Deliver Remarkable Results. Learn more here.
Clients kept asking Lynda for copies of her favorite creativity quotes. To satisfy the request she produced LIFT Your Thinking an inspirational PowerPoint CD. It is a stunning collection of her photography with creativity quotes. Lynda is gifting you with your free copy here on her resources page.
Elite Status: Lynda is one of only ten certified master trainers in the de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. global network qualified to deliver the de Bono Suite of Productive Creativity and Innovation Thinking Tools: Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, Focus on Facilitation.
2013: Lynda hosted an executive deep-dive, three-day masterclass in Los Angeles to celebrate her 20th Anniversary as a Lateral Thinking Master Trainer. You can host one too!
2012: Lynda hosted an executive deep-dive, two-day masterclass in Los Angeles to celebrate her 20th Anniversary as a Six Thinking Hats Master Trainer. e-Learning isn't always the answer!
Lynda created the Innovation Instinct and LIFT Your Thinking models and tools to help clients strengthen their creative thinking skills, essential for business success today.
Lynda's Professional Background and Experience
Lynda spent the 1980's working in a demanding buying, marketing, and merchandising environment. She put her creativity to work every day working on product development, packaging design, merchandising, marketing, advertising, and forecasting across a broad range of consumer categories.
Her breadth of experience and ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders led to her promotion to product manager, Kenmore Major Appliances, an iconic North American brand. Lynda applied her expertise to help plan and deliver record-breaking sales over $100 million along with record-breaking profits.
Her track record for consistently delivering impressive business results led to her invitation to join an organization development (OD/HR) group. Her project was to develop and deliver a business skills curriculum for national managers, buyers, product managers, merchandise managers, marketing managers, and quality management professionals.
Lynda is uniquely qualified to meet business needs and learning needs at all of her engagements. During her OD/HR assignment she earned her certificate in Adult Education/Staff Training and Development. Lynda knew she needed to develop the necessary skills and insights required to lead successful professional development events focused on solving high-stakes business challenges.