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11 Ways To Restate Problems to Get Better Solutions

When faced with a challenge or problem, one of the best first steps in solving – even before you start thinking up possible solutions – is to examine and restate the problem. As Morgan D. Jones writes in his book, The Thinker’s Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving – “The aim of problem restatement is to broaden our perspective …

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Arrive With A Solution

While you may feel like a smarty-pants worker to be the first to discover and inform your boss of a problem, don’t alert them without also being able to offer a potential solution. Anyone can point out problems. Finding something broken without a suggested fix can position you as part of the problem. It is when you arrive with helpful …

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What Is A Problem?

A simple way to define the word ‘problem’ is: a situation that needs attention. Wikipedia authors describe one as “…any situation that invites resolution.” That’s a nice way to put it – ‘invites resolution.’ A lot of folks are afraid of the word “problem.” To simply use the word – in relation to you or your business – is considered …

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“How to Solve Problems” 1947-style

I recently discovered this 8th grade arithmetic book from 1947 on the bookshelves at my parents’ house. It’s got a great collection of images that match the mid-century art style of Idea Sandbox. In addition to the images, I found this piece on page 304 providing suggestions for students on problem solving. [click for larger view]  HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS …

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Tips To Be More Creative And Better At Problem Solving

I hope your week is off to a great start. I thought you might like to read two recent interviews featuring Idea Sandbox and our approach to creativity and problem solving. They were conducted just a few weeks ago. I hope you’ll be able to take a few tips from these articles to put them to use yourself. The first …

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Seth Godin Says: How To Run A Problem-Solving Meeting

Here’s a complete rip-off of today’s post from Seth Godin. Great to have Seth playing in my sandbox. This is a special sort of get together, similar to the meeting where you organize people to figure out the best way to take advantage of an opportunity. In both cases, amateurs usually run the meetings, and the group often fails to …

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Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them

How something is presented has an effect on how it is received. Rocket science!? No, it is common sense. Yet, we sometimes neglect the subtleties of presentation and persuasion… especially when we are excited about an idea or innovation. So many innovative ideas get quashed early – never making it off the whiteboard. Not because the ideas were bad, but …

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Difference Between Artistic & Creative Ability

Sometimes we confuse artistic ability with creativity. If I can’t paint or draw, I’m not creative. Artistic ability includes skills and talent to create fine works of art: painting, drawing, sculpting, musical composition, etc. Creativity ability is the skill and talent to use our imagination to create and solve. A better artist is creative. But, you don’t have to be …

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The Person With The Best Imagination Wins

Einstein once said, “imagination is better than knowledge.” It is more important to see possibilities than to know the facts. Dan Roam, in his book Unfolding the Napkin, wrote: “Problems don’t get solved by the smartest or the fastest or the strongest; they get solved by the one who sees the possibilities.” Dan also added… “Yes, we need to have …

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Nothing Worse Than The Wrong Problem Solved Properly

“There’s nothing worse than bad coffee brewed properly.” That’s a quote by Tim Kern. He was a coffee guru at Starbucks Coffee. A long-time employee who was caught a the lay-off sweep a couple of years ago. The artwork is from a notebook Starbucks handed out to participants in a leadership conference. The notebook was sprinkled with quotes provided by …

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