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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)

http://www.cpsiconference.com

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

http://www.cre8ng.com

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.

WEBSITE LINKS

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

ICE BREAKERS
BONDING
TEAM BUILDERS
WARM-UPS
MOOD CHANGERS
MINDSET BREAKERS

CHALLENGES

GAMES

PUZZLES

IDEA GENERATORS

divergent

intuitive

rational

systematic

individual

pairs

teams

entire groups

IDEA SELECTORS

convergent

intuitive

rational

systematic

individual

pairs

teams

entire groups

IDEA IMPROVERS

FEEDBACK

PROCESSING

CLOSERS

CELEBRATIONS

FOLLOW-UP

FOLLOW-ON

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.

MENTAL

PHYSICAL

SOCIAL

PSYCHOLOGICAL/EMOTIONAL

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

Style Models

Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument

MBTI

Neethling Brain Series

KAI

DISC

Human Synergistics

Kolb

Dunn & Dunn

Four-Sight

M.I.N.D. Design™ (my own questionnaire)

Square, squiggle, circle, triangle (ppt)

Human Variables

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.

a. age

b. background

c. culture

x. excitement level

y.

z. zealous…amount

Other variable to consider in choosing or designing Tools & Techniques.

Introversion/Extroversion

Energy Level

Hi

Medium

Low

Time of day/week

Early morning

mid morning

late morning

after lunch

mid-afternoon

late afternoon

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

5-Sensing

6 Hats or variations of Types of Thinking

Alphabetizing (a series of tools of my own)

Alphabet-what have you brought with you today

Anecdotal Listing

Applied Imagination – Question Summary

Ask Questions

Assumption Smashing

Attribute Listing

Attribute Listing

Body metaphors/Human Sculpture

Brain Writing

Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Brainwriting

Cartoon Characters

Checklisting

Checklists

Crawford Slip Method

Criteria Grid

DO IT! method of Roger Olsen

Excursions-mental or virtual (Synectics type)

Excursions-physical

Forced Connection

Forced Relationships

Forced Relationships/Analogy

Group Excursions

Guided Imagery from controlled to very open

Hits and Misses

Idea Grid

IdeaToons (by Michael Michalko)

Imitation

Impossible Inventions

Improv games

In the realm of the senses

LARC Method

Lateral Thinking

Lotus Blossum Technique

Mental puzzles

Metaphorical thinking

Metaphors

Metaphors (my problem is like….)

Mindmapping

Morphological Analysis

Morphological Grid

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Techniques

Physical object metaphor (version of Forced Relationship/Connections)

Physical Puzzles

PO or other versions of temporary open acceptance of the impossible

Post-It™ Note Brainstorming

PPC

Problem Reversal

Questioning

Random Input

Reverse CPS

S.C.A.M.P.E.R. (created by Bob Eberle)

Scavenger Hunts (various types: physical, mental, virtual)

Scenarios

Simulations

Six Thinking Hats

SIT – simplified version of TRIZ

Storyboarding

Super Heroes

Synectics

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

Visual puzzles

Visualizations

What Else?

What If?

What Next?

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)

WWWWWH?

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…

http://www.cre8ng.com/CC/index.shtml

Quantum Leaps – Links to More Creativity

A mixture of creativity websites.

NEW!!!

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.

http://www.mycoted.com/Category:Creativity_Techniques

MIND TOOLS

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_CT.htm

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.

Creativity Links

Excellent MIND MAP of creativity websites.

CREAX

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.

ENCHANTED MIND

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

Creative Thinking Tools

CPSI Thinking Tools website

Creative Thinking Tool & Techniques

Facilitating Idea Generation

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Creative Thinking Tools website

Creative Thinking Tools

CPSI Thinking Tools website

Creative Thinking Tools and Techniques workshop.

Photo Albums (several)

Action and Flip Chart Photos

http://homepage.mac.com/cre8ng/cpsi/PhotoAlbum85.html

Word files from

2004 Winterfest/Summerfest and

2005 Summerfest CPSI Tools & Techniques

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4shapes-stylesandtools square, squiggle, circle, triangle style system and sample tools per shape style

2004 CPSI Summerfest Tools agenda

2004 t&t welcome letter

2004 T&T Winterfest flip chart notes

2004-cpsi50-first list of tools lists of tools generated by T&T Leader Team

2004-cpsi50-T&T basic key points

2004tls&tcsbooks list of books and websites for T&T

2005-TOOLSSCHEDULE

2005blackboard-outline-notes

balloonsbook-shorter book generated by participants in various T&T courses

cpsiTOOLSVariablestoconsider

creativetoolslonglistsheet

toolswebsites

sample Power Point Presentations

4shapes-toolsstyle

2004winterfestt&t

2005CPSIt&t

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

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Come  back often.  The contents of this website will grow and grow for a long time.

Alan

http://www.cre8ng.com

alan@cre8ng.com

Alan

creative thinking – creativity – creative problem solving – creative thinking consultant