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Make brainstorming a religion. The buzz of a good brainstormer can infect a team with optimism and sense of opportunity.

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Look at the Extremes of Practicality

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  • Whoppers: Spend five-minutes brainstorming huge, unfeasible, impractical solutions (ideas that are too outrageous or "impossible" to be actually implemented).

  • Snaps: Spend five-minutes brainstorming very easy, small, doable solutions (ideas that could be implemented "in a snap").

  • Conclusions: Discuss, prioritize, and develop the ideas with the most potential. Chose the best Snap ideas, the ones than would have the most impact and be the easiest to implement. Also choose the best Whopper ideas that can be transformed into more practical and doable actions.

Step Out Of Your Shoes

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Creative Problem Solving: Switching Perceptions Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Stepping out of your everyday shoes (and thinking mode) and into the shoes of others may help you surface new insights to a problem.

Select a perspective and brainstorm ideas from that perspective for five-minutes before moving on to another perspective.

  • Attitudes: Optimist; Pessimist; Inventor; Researcher; Hip Shooter.

  • Stakeholders: Employer; Shareholder; Employee; Client; Supplier; Competitor.

  • Family: Grandfather; Mother; Small Child... More





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"Why?" and "What If?" Questions

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Be-Different Success Stories

Idea Management

Kaizen Mindset

Managing Creativity

Techniques for Fast Idea Evaluation

80/20 Principle

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Creative Problem Solving (CPS)

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6-Step Creative Problem Solving Process

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Lateral Thinking    Reframing

Systems Thinking    Systemic Thinking