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Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creative problem solving (CPS) is the strategic process to find answers to problems and ways to take advantage of opportunities. Key steps in the process include: identifying a problem, generating alternative solutions, and [...]

Creative Problem Solving

Creating Ideas: Think The Way You Think

Do you sometimes wish you had an easier way to organize or gather your thoughts? Ever been working on a presentation, proposal, or to-do list and didn't know where to start or where you were going to go? A map would [...]

Creating Ideas: Think The Way You Think

Don’t Blame The Boomerang When It Doesn’t Return

When I was six or seven years old, my grandfather took a trip to Australia and brought me back a boomerang. While I thought it was the coolest thing, no matter how much I practiced throwing it, it would never come [...]

Don’t Blame The Boomerang When It Doesn’t Return

Idea Generation: Great Ideas Are Looking Up

Ever wonder why great ideas seem to pop into your head at the strangest (and sometimes inopportune) times? Like when you're... falling asleep, in the shower, or exercising? It's not a coincidence. These are times when your body is switched to [...]

Idea Generation: Great Ideas Are Looking Up

Begin At The End, For Better Strategy

One of the best starting points for a strategy session is at the end of it. Starting by clearly expressing what the end results should be, serves as a clear target for participants to aim for. I'm talking about more than [...]

Begin At The End, For Better Strategy

Brainstorming: Sponge Versus Sieve

One of the reasons we find brainstorming intimidating is that some people are better than others in squeezing ideas out of their heads. These people - while amazing because they seem to have magical powers and some conduit to divine inspiration [...]

Brainstorming: Sponge Versus Sieve

Top Posts of 2013

Happy New Year! As we look forward to creating new content in 2014, it's fun and helpful to look back and see which posts from 2013 you found most interesting. Check out the top 8 most-read posts below! 1. Branding vs. [...]

Top Posts of 2013

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 [...]

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

Compartmentalize: Brainstorm Like a School Lunch Tray

Most brainstorm sessions start with the meeting lead proclaiming, “Okay guys… think out of the box and remember, there are no bad ideas!” We say “there are no bad ideas” before we brainstorm the same way we say “bless you” after someone [...]

Compartmentalize: Brainstorm Like a School Lunch Tray

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 [...]

Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them
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