Creative Thinking Tool & Techniques
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All of the consultants involved with Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilties are highly trained in many creative thinking tools and problem solving processes. Whether as individual facilitators or teams of facilitators CP3 consultants lead idea generating and problem solving meetings/sessions with your people.
The majority of this page lists, describes many of the Creative Thinking Tools & Processes CP3 consultants are highly skilled in.
The purpose of creative thinking is to think in new, unique, novel, unusual, divergent ways to generate possible to potential ideas that may lead to successful solutions or resolutions of problems and challenges.
Creative thinking tools have been developed for many years from deliberately to spontaneously or accidentally to help people think more creatively on demand, individually, pairs, triads, teams, groups, even when they are experiencing CREATIVE BLOCK or people within the group are deliberately resisting creative thinking.
Since 1978 when I attended my first Creative Problem Solving Institute
(sponsored by the Creative Education Foundation)
I have been collecting and creating creative thinking tools from simple jump starters to complete mind changes and mood changers.
They can be used individually, in pairs, triads, small to large teams to large groups and I believe even in large stadiums filled with 80 to 150,000 people or through electronic means with everyone on the face of the earth.
This page has been added to my growing website
to share my thoughts about tools and a growing list of tools I have discovered along with links to other great websites devoted completely to tools and techniques.
a sample weblink for some creative thinking tools is
Creating Minds http://creatingminds.org/tools/tools_all.htm
scan down this page to see many similar lists that contain hundreds of creative thinking tools, methods, processes, systems.
For Links to many excellent websites devoted to Creative Thinking Tools scan to the bottom of this page.
General Tools & Techniques for Creative Problem Solving & Thinking
Most people see Tools & Techniques having these main purposes…
IDEA GENERATING when the entire process is not used
SOLUTION GATHERING when the entire process is not used
SOLUTION SELECTION when the entire process is not used
DIVERGENT TOOLS FOR ALL STEPS OF O-P Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process
CONVERGENT TOOLS FOR ALL STEPS OF O-P CPS
Expanded Tools & Techniques for Creative Problem Solving & Thinking
I believe tools and techniques can help any aspect of human activities whether working alone or in meetings or teams.
BEFORE-what can be done before participants show up
WELCOMERS-what can be done from when they walk in the room until the session begins
INTRODUCTIONS – very passive to very active
REINTRODUCTIONS- what can be done on second, third, fourth, etc. days or meetings
General Format of Tools & Techniques (mix these with a favoring
to what fits the group and individual members)
Over the past 30 years I have learned that tools can be of four types or combinations of these four.
When using tools matching the style of the tool to the creative thinking style of the person or persons involved I have discovered is highly important.
Styles to Consider to help them match tool/technique to their groups and individuals for greater success
Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument
Neethling Brain Series
Dunn & Dunn
M.I.N.D. Design™ (my own questionnaire)
Square, squiggle, circle, triangle (ppt)
Also I have learned to believe that there is significance in matching as many variables that are comprised within each individual’s way of working and thinking.
Additional factors that affect/effect an individual or group Creative Style
(a tool for designing Tools & Techniques)
There are many factors that can impact our thinking at any given time. The more people involved the more the potential for impact of many variables upon the progress and results.
How are we unique, different, diverse, novel…. Begin with these few variables and create a complete alphabet of variables from a to z. You do not need to limit yourself to only one variable per letter.
x. excitement level
Other variable to consider in choosing or designing Tools & Techniques.
Time of day/week
second, third, fourth day
A GROWING LIST OF CREATIVE THINKING TOOLS
This is a beginning list.
Over the months to come I will expand on many to most to all of these explaining how they are used, could be used and provide examples.
First a beginning list.
3 truths and 1 lie or stretched truth
6 Hats or variations of Types of Thinking
Alphabetizing (a series of tools of my own)
Alphabet-what have you brought with you today
Applied Imagination – Question Summary
Body metaphors/Human Sculpture
Crawford Slip Method
DO IT! method of Roger Olsen
Excursions-mental or virtual (Synectics type)
Guided Imagery from controlled to very open
Hits and Misses
IdeaToons (by Michael Michalko)
In the realm of the senses
Lotus Blossum Technique
Metaphors (my problem is like….)
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Techniques
Physical object metaphor (version of Forced Relationship/Connections)
PO or other versions of temporary open acceptance of the impossible
Post-It™ Note Brainstorming
S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (created by Bob Eberle)
Scavenger Hunts (various types: physical, mental, virtual)
Six Thinking Hats
SIT – simplified version of TRIZ
The Discontinuity Principle
TRIZ – series of 40+ excellent tools created in Russia initially
Unconscious Problem Solving
Use of drawing (from Robert McKim’s Experiences in Visual Thinking
Various introduction exercises/tools/games
Various ways of preparing yourself or a team to be creative (mental, physical, emotional, virtual….)
Visual (photograph, symbol, image) Relationships
What? So What? Now What? or Then What? (feedback)
What’s Good About It?
Writing Relay (Post-It™ Note race to front of room of ideas)
For links to many other great sites devoted to creative thinking tools go to my following Quantum Leaps page and LEAP from there around the globe!
To see a collection of 500+ of creative sparking and expanding exercises
go to my “Alan’s Cre8ng Challenges” web pages at…
Quantum Leaps – Links to More Creativity
A mixture of creativity websites.
CREATIVE THINKING TOOLS….website list (pdf)
CREATIVE THINKING TOOLS WEBSITE LINKS…
Andy Beckett’s excellent website. This specific section is devoted to hundred of creativity tools. A must see site.
Innovation Tools website
Excellent website filled with a vast array of materials, tools and systems. Excellent newsletter.
Creative Tools Overview
Website that lists and describes several of the TRIZ tools.
Excellent MIND MAP of creativity websites.
CREATIVITY & INNOVATION PORTAL
Hundreds and hundreds of creative thinking and innovation: tools, articles, books, and links.
THE CREATIVITY PACKET http://www.tcp.com.mt/
Creativity Packet is a product, a process, a service for the 21st century organization.
The Creativity Packet is a vehicle for the development of efficient uses of talents and interests of the people already employed by the organization.
Owner/Creator J. L. Read
lots and lots to read, from Techniques, Knowledge, Inspiration & Humor, puzzles, exercises and lots of articles.
Creative Thinking Tools website …. being redesigned & reconstructed
CPSI Thinking Tools website
Creative Thinking Tool & Techniques
Facilitating Idea Generation
visit and read BROKEN CRAYONS at http://www.cre8ng.com/brokencrayons.shtml
Creative Thinking Tools website
Creative Thinking Tools and Techniques workshop.
Photo Albums (several)
Action and Flip Chart Photos
Word files from
2004 Winterfest/Summerfest and
2005 Summerfest CPSI Tools & Techniques
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Following Section is under re-design and re-construction return again
4shapes-stylesandtools square, squiggle, circle, triangle style system and sample tools per shape style
2004-cpsi50-first list of tools lists of tools generated by T&T Leader Team
2004tls&tcsbooks list of books and websites for T&T
balloonsbook-shorter book generated by participants in various T&T courses
sample Power Point Presentations
file of Tools Created by participants at CPSI Tools & Techniques Program
toolsbyparticipants 45 pages of tools created by CPSI T&T participants
Ice Breakers for any size group
Come back often. The contents of this website will grow and grow for a long time.
creative thinking – creativity – creative problem solving – creative thinking consultant