Describe the situation and
Help people to understand the problem to be solved and clarify the
Focus on productive objectives and keep group on
Problem Solving Strategies:
Keep the group focused on the task at
hand. Don’t let Idea sessions dissolve into wandering. When
unrelated topics come up, put them on a special list to be discussed
Encourage everyone to contribute. Control dominating participants.
diversity. Use various techniques to draw ideas from
Solving People Problems
Go crazy. The wilder the ideas the better. Sometimes the wildest ideas lead to great ones. Step out of your shoes to surface new insights.
("What if you were a cat, or a film scenario writer – how would you
solve the problem?"). Encourage
Creative Problem Solving
Turn Problems to Opportunities:
Look for the overlooked obvious –
solution is sometimes the best.
Build on each other. Let others' ideas take you somewhere else.
and improve upon ideas.
No ideas are bad ideas.
ideas are good ideas. (Actually, a minority opinion offered during
group decision making often stimulates more
innovative solutions to a problem).
Allow repetitions. At different
moments you see with different eyes. During discussion afterwards
the duplicate ideas you may find them different or they may trigger
a different response at a different time.
stop and discuss.
Go for quantity, not
quality. Keep the momentum going.
Record and display each
Make sure each idea is
complete – don't use one-word
descriptions to avoid misunderstanding. Don't edit.
Post-Brainstorming Rapid Evaluation of Ideas
Gold Coin Cards
The quickest team-based way of evaluation
of ideas generated during a brainstorming session is to use
Gold Coin cards.
brainstorming model and Gold Cards for rapid selection of the best idea
where teams have just 10 minutes for brainstorming a
great creative solution. Now, Gold Coin cards are used internationally
anywhere where rapid selection of the best idea by a group is required.
In particular, Gold Coin cards are used during
entrepreneurial simulation games both for training purposes and to make
innovative project a great
80/20 Principle and 4x2
fast idea evaluation techniques
to select the best
Look through your list of
ideas and circle the 20% that will yield 80% of the results you are
looking for. Encourage
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