Jack’s Notebook

    Free Workshop at Workspring Chicago — Creative Choices, Innovative Results

    Gregg Fraley InviteNotice:

    Gregg Fraley Speaking at Workspring Chicago

    Wednesday August 2, 2017 — 8 am to 10 am

    The free workshop at Workspring Chicago will focus on creative behaviors that enhance creative effectiveness. The habits/behaviors and associated tools and techniques apply to both personal and business roles.

    As the graphic says, you’ll learn approaches you can immediately use. Highly useful for innovation teams, team leaders, and anyone who wants to enhance their creative effectiveness.

    This will be presented by Gregg Fraley, author of Jack’s Notebook, co-inventor of IdeaKeg, and originator of MoshPit Innovation.

    RSVP with Workspring: rsvp@workspring.com

    Cheers.

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