Creative Problem Solving

Problem Solving


Creative Problem Solving (CPS)

Find innovative solutions and turn problems to opportunities

Vadim Kotelnikov

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo




"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands." ~ Richard Bach



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10 Commandments of Innovation

  • Be Entrepreneurial. Be persistent, overcome obstacles, solve problems creatively... More


Reframing and Turning Your Problems To Opportunities

Your perception of any problem depends on the position from where you perceive it.


Asking Effective Questions

When something goes wrong, don't ask:

  • 'How can I fix things and get them back to the way they were before?'

A better question, and one that would stimulate creative problem solving would be:

  • 'How can I fix things and make them better than they were before?'

Now your subconscious mind will work on improving the situation... More

Murphy's Law in Project Management

  • Every solution breeds new problems.

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CPS: The Key Things to Keep in Mind

By Roger von Oech1

  • The Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process has Six Steps... More


Create Greater Value for People Around You

To be able to help people achieve more and solve their problems in a caring value-added way, ask yourself these searching questions constantly:

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." Buckminster Fuller.

Example: Learning from Archimedes

A clerk had to calculate the area of some complex shapes. Since he was not a master in Math, he faced two problems. Firstly, he couldn't "fetch" the data into polynomials and secondly, he hadn't mastered the art of Integral Calculus. But he remembered Archimedes' "Eureka!" story, and he was inventive. What he did was draw the data on calibrated 100 gram paper and then cut out the graph and... weighted it.

How To Stop Snoring

This is a real story. I was desperate but an effective outside-the-box solution was found quite unexpectedly... More

The Power of Simplicity

One of the diamonds in creativity and creative problem solving is simplicity. All really great inventions have that property in common. Nature, in its elementary parts, is simple. What makes things complex is the fact that there are (sometimes) millions of factors influencing a certain phenomena, or worse: each other.6 (See case studies)


The best-known and widely used team-based creative problem solving and creative thinking technique is brainstorming. One major reason why brainstorming is useful is that it helps to free us from 'fixed ideas'... More

The Power of Prototyping

Prototyping can help you tackle problems when you cannot come out with good solutions. Prototyping can also help you to make progress and solve critical problems creatively one by one  when you work on a complex project and the challenges you face seem to be too big to address holistically. Once you start prototyping, you may be surprised at how easily some of the apparently unsolvable problems can be solved.

STRIDES Problem Solving Model

The STRIDES model was developed by the Quality Support Council of Fidelity Investments. This problem solving model provides employees in every part of the corporation with a common language and process for implementing Kaizen a strategy of continuous improvement. As stated in Fidelity's Models for Quality Improvement, STRIDES is the approach to use "where the problem is more complex."

5 Things You Should Know To Win

Source: The Art of War, Sun Tzu

You must know five things to win:

  • Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.



 Discover much more in the


10 Minutes CPS...

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10 Secrets of Creativity...

Challenging Assumptions...

Tips for Challenging Assumptions...


Asking Effective Questions...

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Four Problem Solving Techniques...

CPS: The Key Things to Keep in Mind...

Stepping Out of Your Shoes...

Making Big Changes...

Systemic Thinking...

Systems Thinking...

Break Up The Clusters...

Advanced Creative Inventive Thinking...

Managing Creativity In Your Business Environment...

Idea Management...

 Case in Point  Gaudi...

 Case in Point  Increasing Toothpaste Sales...

 Case in Point  IDEO...

 Case in Point  Estee Lauder...

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 Case in Point  Fun4Biz...





Albert Einstein quotes

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.


Albert Einstein quotes

One should never impose one's views on a problem; one should rather study it, and in time a solution will reveal itself.



IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Focused prototyping helps resolve little critical problems one by one. Once you get in gear, you'll be surprised at how easily some of the solutions appear.

Tom Kelley







  1. A Whack on the Side of the Head, Roger von Oech

  2. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking," Paul Sloane

  3. Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono

  4. ASIT Advanced Systematic Inventive Thinking, Roni Horowitz

  5. Unlocking Your Creativity Brian Tracy

  6. Simple Simpler Simplest," Jos Steynebrugh, ASIT Newsletter

  7. 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques, James M. Higgins

  8. Get Smart, Brian Tracy

  9. 10 Locks that Limit Creative Thinking, Roger von Oech


Creativity Secrets


10 Brainstorming Rules

Tips for Adopting a Different Point of View

How To Run a Brainstorming Session

Techniques for Fast Idea Evaluation and Decision Making

Questions for Creative Business Problem Solving

How To Get Inspired: 12 Tips

Creative Marketing

Surprise To Win

Innovation Is Love