Course ID: MAGYV

MacGyvering: The Art of Being Resourceful in a Crisis

Angus MacGyver, the TV secret agent of the late 80s and early 90s, somehow always managed to extricate himself from crises using only his trusty Swiss Army Knife, duct tape, paper clips and his wits. “MacGyvering” involves applying the very useful approach of this mythical hero. In today’s “do-more-with-less” business environment, he is the model for the resourcefulness firms and clients often demand from CPAs. Taught by a Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health adjunct faculty member with more than 40 years of experience in communication, marketing and resourcefulness, this highly interactive course will utilize many creative exercises and give you the tools to be more resourceful in difficult situations. (Available in 4 or 8 hour format)

Learning Objectives
  • Develop a belief that no problem is unsolvable, no matter how dire it seems
  • Keep a cool head – and use it to understand clearly what is happening
  • Boost creativity
  • Tap often-unnoticed and unexpected resources
  • Learn to fix it – fast

Major Topics
  • The MacGyver approach to resourcefulness: Exploiting untapped resources in innovative ways
  • Battlefield awareness: Discovering and using patterns
  • Reflex testing: What are the formulas that blind us and slow us down and where is the hidden friction and waste
  • Swiss Army Knives: What are our key tools and how do we use them
  • Fear and Killer ANTs: Keeping, and using, a cool head in a crisis

Who Should Attend

Leaders and others who want to use resourcefulness to gain a competitive edge

Fields of Study
Personal Development


Management experience

Business Learning Institute

CPE Credits


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