"Your problem is that you bring in the critical factor before the lyric factor has had a chance to express itself." Fredrich Schiller wrote in response to a poet.
For two and a half years I have generated or shared tools and techniques to help you strengthen, expand or deepen your natural creativeness and creative thinking skills. The greatest majority of them were focused on helping you enrich your divergent thinking abilities or to help you create an environment, external or interna,l that would aid you in generating multiple ideas or possibilities for any challenge you may experience.
This week I am encouraging you to practice "convergent thinking", moving from many towards one. Begin each day with a list of 12 to 24 ideas you have previously generated for a problem or challenge. So sort through the results of your work on other challenges when you were asked to generate many ideas, 144 or more and choose 5 groups of 12 to 24 at random.
- Review a group of ideas using the following Convergent Thinking Tool
PPC (thank you CEF and CPSI leaders)
Begin by reading down the list of ideas placing a small "p" next to the
ideas you believe are very positive winners. Then put a BIG "P" next to
those that may not be possible now yet you feel or think they have strong potential. Finally put a capital or lower case "C, c" next to the ideas you have concerns about.
- Review a group of ideas using the following convergent thinking tool
P-M-I (thank you Edward de Bono)
P - Plusses
M - Minuses
I - Interesting
Read through your list 3 times.
1st look for the definite Plusses, the absolute sure they are winners.
2nd look for those that seem like Minuses, the basic losers or impossibles currently.
3rd look for those that seem Interesting, those that may have potential or you like yet are unsure about at this moment.
- Review the list of Concerns from Monday and Minuses from Tuesday and use the following Convergent Thinking Technique.
"Plus-ing" (Thank you George Prince and Synectics, Inc.)
Take one idea at a time that you initially saw problems with.
Then focus on how you might turn it into a Positive or Potential or a Plus. Perhaps ask 3 separate people during the day how they might turn the negative aspect into a positive or how they would lessen or eliminate the negative aspect.
- Set up a "WOW" chart. (thank you Jan Nickerson--CPSI Leader friend and creator of the WOW Chart.)
Choose 6 criteria.
Think about 5 levels of WOW-ness for each of the criteria, i.e.:
aesthetics....WOW (most beautiful thing I have seen in years; Pretty WOW (best I have seen in awhile); Okay WOW (a good looking idea); Not-so-WOW (it looks good but not exciting); No-WOW-ness (doesn't look good or is not exciting).
Then choose 6 ideas to measure along each of the 6 criteria for their
current level of WOWness compared to the other 5 ideas.
- Let's Put Some WOW-ness in Our IDEAS.
Choose 6 dull ideas, non-winners, also-rans from any list of ideas you have using your initial gut reaction only (deliberately try not to feel or think about them, simply react to them as you read them).
Then work with one at a time.
Create a list of 6 ways you or someone else could make the dull idea,
non-winner, also-ran into a WOW idea, a definite
Try each of these for 15 to 30 minutes, one per day, during your freshest time of that day.
Have a creative week and help others do the same.
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