Frank Connolly of Think Quick, is one of our most successful trainers and facilitators and I have recently acknowledged him as one of the worldwide winners for the best, real-world, practical application of the Lateral Thinking methods. Not only is he an accredited trainer of my Lateral Thinking, Six Thinking Hats and Powers of Perception methods, he also has some renown for the practical application of the methods to real world issues. To date he has successfully applied them across a range of industry resulting in substantial commercial outcomes and is now designing unique elephant conservation projects using lateral thinking, which should save both elephant and human lives into the future. I wish him continued success in his endeavours at “Think Quick”.
(Edward de Bono, World Thought Leader)
“I found Frank’s six hat training to be informative, interesting and the content presented to be an extremely effective and efficient way to solve problems and conduct meetings. Frank was clearly an expert in the field and his style was relaxed and interactive which made the session engaging. I would recommend Frank to any organisation who is open to learning about new ways to improve efficiency within their business.”
(Melissa Edwards, Organisational Development Manager)
“Thank you so much for the sessions you have already facilitated for us. The feedback has been excellent. We have a rating system for how good a session is from 1-5, 1 being not good and 5 being excellent. Your sessions have been rated 5’s by everyone. Fantastic.”
(Program Manager, Dept of Human Services)
Future of Manufacturing Project
“We had identified that speed to market is critical in growing our market and sustaining our business into the future. We have now introduced Frank’s model and immediately improved our speed to market by 300%”
“Previously our team had think-tank sessions about new design and processes but we really achieved very little. Now that we have implemented some “Think Quick” processes, we have in a very short period of time, produced some very positive results and had multiple spin-offs including thinking laterally at all of our management meetings”.
“We are now successfully using Frank’s approaches in our project time-frames, our costings and our benefit analysis”.
(FOM Clients 2014/15)
“I participated in Frank’s Systems Thinking Masterclass and found it to be one of the most insightful and practical sessions I have participated in. It equipped me with a range of information and tools to take back to the workplace. Highly recommended. SEBN have also engaged Frank to deliver his innovation model and tools to various business network groups throughout 2014. The groups vary in demographics, yet on each occasion participants rated Frank’s sessions as ‘one of the best’, citing his delivery method engaging and the learning relevant and practical to implement within their business.”
(Sandra George, Manager South East Business Networks – City of Greater Dandenong)
The “Navigating Complex Issues workshop” was an exceptional activity to make sense of the concept of complexity and gain practical tools for navigating complex issues. I appreciated the meaningful opportunity to interact with other participants and deeply question the what, why and how of the tools we explored. I ended the day with confidence in my emerging capability to navigate complexity and new contacts. An excellent professional development session masterfully facilitated by Frank Connolly.
(Helen Palmer, Learning & Change Facilitator)
“I’ve just been a participant in one of Think Quick’s Practical Innovation sessions and came away amazed at the breadth and depth of insight gained over the day. The session provided non-stop engagement with a mixture of theory, practice, and first hand case studies. The subject matter contained the most eclectic balance of topics ranging from complex organisational to environmental issues to elephant conservation to novel innovation in urinal design, but all designed to build context and understanding around the tools and frameworks provided. I have since applied a number with great effect! This is an undiscovered treasure that I think will take Canberra by storm.”
Richard Bartlett (Managing Director)
“Frank provided us with invaluable knowledge in a great session. It was fun, engaging throughout, and we all left feeling incredibly positive about the future of the magazine. We are now armed with tools that will help us to continue to be innovative, make the most of the people we have in our team, and expand our thinking. I couldn’t possibly recommend him enough. Essential for any organisation that wants an edge on their competitors.”
Olivia Reppas (Executive Editor & Publisher)
Frank has thus far undertaken 11 Focused Innovation sessions with Melbourne Water, and due to popular demand, more training is being scheduled. The positive feedback has been overwhelming with one senior manager quoting ‘It was the best training opportunity in a decade’. Not only are our people now learning new ways of thinking and solving problems, many are now successfully putting the practical methods into practice – I am regularly coming across new success stories of people taking initiative and applying the methods on an ongoing basis – I call it the ‘sprouting mushroom effect!
(Carol Jadraque, Manager, Sustainability & Innovation Melbourne Water)
As a Quality Assurance Officer I was looking at new ways to initiate quality improvement within the organisation I work. Think Quick was recommended to me. Frank bought to us a wide range of information and skills to better structure our quality management system. As a facilitator Frank was amazing engaging all participants to be part of the journey in solving problems and developing new ideas. Think Quick has bought new excitement to my position and the organisation for whom I work. If you are looking at new ways to be innovative engage Think Quick.
(Trevor Cox Quality Assurance and Improvement Manager)
a a Humour Australia and high profile clientele. We recommend Frank’s speaking, facilitation and training to anyone!” (Troy Swindells-Grose, Director) “Frank has enormous energy, creativity and a real talent at building relationships. In the years that I’ve known Frank, I’ve always found him to be considered, thoughtful, strategic and a huge amount of fun! I highly recommend Frank as someone who is highly ethical and cares a lot about what he puts his time and efforts towards.” (Andrew Rixon, Director) q
q q “I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Frank to you. He understands and values the strong relationships he builds with all he comes in contact with. If you were to ask Frank to do a job, you would get … connections with the most unbelievable mix of people you are likely to find … broad range of thinking from big picture to nitty gritty … skilled facilitator who reads the dynamics of the people in the room and adapts to make sure the best comes out of the session … walking toolkit of all the traditional techniques to the emerging trends that haven’t even tickled the mainstream yet … all wrapped up in a genuine, unassuming, down-to-earth fellow! I am a much richer person to have bumped into Frank along my journey; I trust you take the detour to find him too.” (Debra Barron, Programme Manager) x q “Frank is one of this countries most experienced facilitators in the promotion and uptake of organisational innovation and management excellence. His work in cross-government innovation has far exceeded all expectations, as witnessed by the overwhelmingly positive reports on the program’s beneficial impact by the largest number of its participants. Frank has a depth of knowledge that is formidable, and a relaxed and personable nature that results in high professional respect and warm personal regard from those he comes in contact with.” (Mike Carroll, Principal) q q q “Frank is one of the rare people I have met whom I trust with the highest integrity and always gives his best. As a professional, he is fabulous as he delivers. He is a brilliant lateral thinker and his skills in continuous improvement are phenomenal. If you have a need of Think Quick’s services, don’t look elsewhere, JUST ENGAGE HIM.” (Richard Yiap. Owner, Beyond Paradigms) x x x x “Frank is one of a few people I know that both understands innovation from a strategic level and can also deliver real outcomes at a practical level. I have known and worked with Frank for three years and have always been impressed with his energy and creativity that is balanced with pragmatism and outcome focus. His thorough training and extensive experience in deBono skills and other facilitation techniques makes him invaluable in team situations, facilitating workshops and conversations. In addition to his daily activities, Frank is an active and successful networker and collaborator who delivers value to his partners. He is always thinking of new and different ways of achieving goals and finding better ways to get the job done.” (Alan Ryan, Executive Director) x x x q xx “I have know Frank for several years now, and there are few people as reliable, creative, and willing to help as he is. Over the years we have opportunities to work together, and they have always been a pleasurable success. If it needs doing – Frank is the guy to get it done. Bill” (Bill Jarrard, Director & Chief Imagineer) x x x X“Frank is an individual who possesses a high degree of creativity and the capacity for enlightening others. His work is valued by those who possess a desire to learn, to be educated and to be involved. Frank’s wry humour and wit, his thoughtful discourses and his method of teaching certainly brings people to different viewpoints and levels of awareness. His capacity to understand new and complex ideas makes him a stand-out within the public sector. These skills are inherent and he now takes them with him into the consultancy arena and to a wider audience.” (Alan Kennedy, Principal) x “Frank and I have worked together to deliver a number of successful joint projects both for the Department of Sustainability and Environment and for projects for the Whole of Victorian Government. Frank’s practical experience in running innovation programs, knowledge management, continuous improvement and training make him an excellent person to have working in the dynamic field of workplace innovation. He has presented at a number of events I have run and delivers very practical messages that people find applicable and can put into action. He is a very gifted trainer and I have participated and invited people to attend his courses that are always successful. Coupled with this he has developed experience in web 2 and social networking tools and can use this to great advantage to develop networks and build knowledge. Frank has a breadth and depth of experience that makes him a great practitioner and someone others listen to and respect. I enjoy working with him and know he will always add value with what he delivers.” (Leonie Newnham, Manager Strategy & Innovation) xx x