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BRAIN CAMP: Unleashing Your Brain’s Resources to Solve Complex Problems

The problems faced by managers in organizations are very complex and beyond the capability of any one individual or team to solve. The entire organization needs to work collaboratively to use its collective brainpower to overcome tough challenges and to win in the marketplace.

The complexity of many of today’s organizational problems and issues therefore demands new approaches to the development of broad and deep thinking skills so that all employees are able to identify and contribution to their resolution. The good news is that emerging research drawn from neuroscience is synchronizing the science of the brain with more effective management and leadership practices, resulting in an ability to equip managers and nonsupervisory employees with the thinking skills necessary to deal with an uncertain and ambiguous business environment and, in this way, develop and maintain a competitive advantage.

This course will use proven, neuroscience-supported tools and processes to help participants identify and generate original solutions for their organizations’ toughest challenges.

Date: July 7 - 11, 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $ 2,595*


  • Individual thinking profiles with customized feedback, booklets, exercises - $600 value
  • Opening Cocktail Reception
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments daily
  • Lunch & Learn session on Friday, July 11
  • Visit to the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
  • Visit to the Google Montreal office & presentation “Creativity and Innovation at Google”


This course focuses on equipping participants with tools, processes and methods to help them resolve their organization’s most complex problems. The course will offer a unique combination of:

  • Theory based on the most recent developments from the field of neuroscience and the relevance to their organizations and
  • Practical tools, processes and methods to identify and resolve participants’ actual problems

Participants will leave this course with a greater understanding and appreciation of neuroscience and its relevance to management and leadership, as well as concrete action plans focused on resolving their organizations’ most complex challenges.

Who Should Attend

Professionals facing complex business issues who recognize a need to equip their workforce with the tools, processes and methods available to resolve them, and wish to enhance their skills to think in greater breadth and depth in order to tackle difficult and ambiguous problems.


At the end of this course, participants will be able to understand:

  • Fundamental principles of neuroscience and their application to management and leadership
  • The concept of whole brain thinking and how to think in greater breadth to resolve complex problems
  • Their individual problem-solving profiles and where they fit into the creative problem-solving process
  • How to identify and prioritize complex problems and think in greater depth to resolve them
  • How to overcome common obstacles to implementing action plans within their organizations
  • How visual stimuli use more of the brain’s resources to expand perspectives and generate more authentic conversations within their organizations
  • How to create an organizational culture focused on mobilizing the workforce to tackle tough problems

Each participant will leave the course with a concrete action plan focused on his or her toughest challenge. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exchange ideas related to their complex issues.

Topics Covered

  • Neuroscience principles as applied to management and leadership
  • Whole brain thinking
  • How to broaden one’s individual thinking style
  • Whole brain thinking related to superior communications
  • Simplexity Thinking Process
  • Each individual’s role in the creative problem-solving process
  • How to identify and prioritize real problems (as opposed to the symptoms of problems)
  • Idea Generation
  • Evaluation and selection of the optimal solution
  • Overcoming common barriers to implementation in organizations
  • The use of visual stimuli to expand perspectives and generate authentic conversations
  •  Using visual stimuli to increase the effectiveness of best coaching, team-building, leadership and training practices
  • Applying the above to an action plan that addresses each participant’s complex problem


Robert Paris, MBA has 30 years combined practical management and consulting experience that spans 5 continents. Robert has 15 years of results-oriented management experience at blue chip companies such as Johnson & Johnson and has an established track record of successfully designing and facilitating management, leadership, team-building and coaching programs that give organizations a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. Robert is an exceptionally engaging executive coach whose advice is highly valued by CEOs, other C-Suite executives, middle managers and first time supervisors

Robert has recently taken a pioneering role in using neuroscience tools and processes that challenge current management practices that date back over 50 years. During the past two years, Robert has designed and facilitated neuroscience-supported workshops throughout North America with remarkable results.

Robert has 25 years teaching experience at McGill University. He currently lectures at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies and Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Executive Centre. Robert’s dynamic personality, business and academic experience and use of 21st century leadership and coaching tools place him among the leaders in corporate training and development programs.            

Guest speakers

Sylvain Baillet, PhD
MNI Killam and FRSQ Senior Scholar
Interim Director, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre
Montreal Neurological Institute
Louis-Félix Binette
Agent provocateur and co-founder, f. & co
Director General, Creative Mornings/Montréal

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca