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How to Develop Creative Approaches to Problem Solving

(Tools, Tips, and Techniques)

Articles

ideation and creative-problem-solving Exploring Ideation and Creative Problem Solving.
REM sleep and creative-problem-solving Let me sleep on it: Creative problem solving enhanced by REM sleep.
Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary. Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary!
overcoming conceptual blocks Uses for creative problem solving skills. Conceptual blocks and overcoming them.
einstein on finding creative solutions to problems Einstein's Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It).
flexibility in solving problems creatively Problem Solving Techniques. Flexibility is key.
morality, rules, and judgement in finding creative solutions Morally Creative Problem Solving. "Even the simplest rules leave gray areas that call for judgment … there are always ‘sticky’ situations where the rules aren’t that helpful."
human factor in solving problems creatively Human-Factor Phenomena in Problem Solving.
body movements and thinking Body movements can influence problem solving. "The way you think is affected by your body and, in fact, we can use our bodies to help us think."
quotes and anecdotes Thirty(30) Inspiring Anecdotes to keep your creativity and problem solving fires burning including 'Keeper of the Spring', 'Time To Think', and 'A Short Course in Human Relations'. ... Note: Can sometimes load very slowly.
brainstorming, creativity boosting games, exercises, and activities Three(3) Creative Brainstorming Activities, Games and Exercises For Effective Group Problem Solving.
brainstorming, creativity boosting games, exercises, and activities Can everyone be an Einstein? Every time you challenge your brain, it will actually modify the brain. According to this article, "we can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it's impossible."
fluid intelligence Solving Problems With Fluid Intelligence.
community and solving problems Using the Community to Stimulate Problem Solving.
stimulating creative thought Thinking Around Corners - A New Perspective On Creative Thought.
using day dreaming to tackle complicated problems Daydreaming helps brain tackle complex problems.
problem solving styles that are common to many geniuses How to Problem Solve Like a Genius.
how to lead a brainstorming session Conducting a brainstorming session to generate business-building ideas.
using your whole brain when thinking Whole Brain Thinking: How to Get Your Right Hemisphere in the Picture.
impact of right brained architecture on left brain thinking Can Right-Brain Buildings Nurture Left-Brain Thinking?
retraining your mind for the new economy Retrain your brain from 'left' to 'right' to fit into new economy.
strategies to help you think productively when solving problems Thinking like a genius. Strategies that encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems.
Are you a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker Are you a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker?
Use Your Whole Brain - Leveraging Right-Brained Thinking in a Left-Brained World Use Your Whole Brain: Leveraging Right-Brained Thinking in a Left-Brained World
Creativity and Strategic Thinking: The Coming Competencies. Creativity and Strategic Thinking: The Coming Competencies.
Thought Experiments: Use Deep Thought Provoking Questions To Boost Your Creativity. Thought Experiments: Use Deep Thought Provoking Questions To Boost Your Creativity.
How To Think And Communicate Visually. How To Think And Communicate Visually.
Creativity Management - Intellectual Cross Pollination. Creativity Management - Intellectual Cross Pollination.
Sudden Understanding: Aha! Favors The Prepared Mind. Sudden Understanding: Aha! Favors The Prepared Mind.
Eureka! How Distractions Facilitate Creative Problem-solving. Eureka! How Distractions Facilitate Creative Problem-solving.

 

Videos

Gregg Fraley lessons learned on creative journey Gregg Fraley talks about creative problem solving, his own creative journey, and lessons he learned.
ppt powerpoint on mind mapping and tools This music enhanced powerpoint video shows a combination of mind mapping and problem solving tools.
reversing the problem methodology Reversing the problem- a methodology for sparking the creative problem solving process.
institutional blindness and changing your perspective Institutional blindness and bringing fresh perspectives into an organization.
right brain and left brain thinking and strokes Not directly related to problem solving, but this insightful video relates the differences in right brain and left brain thinking and functioning. Jill Bolte uses the example of her own brain stroke experience to illustrate the differences.
edward de bono and lateral thinking Dr. Edward de Bono discusses Lateral Thinking -- a skill which everyone can learn.
3d thinking Solving Problems with 3D Thinking.
exploring intuition UC Berkley - Explorations of the Mind: Intuition (the marvels and the flaws).
All of Us Were Created Innovatively Perfect John Sweeney: All of Us Were Created Innovatively Perfect!
Weird, or just different? Weird, or just different? - there's a flip-side to everything.
The 6-3-5 Structured Brainstorming Method. The 6-3-5 Structured Brainstorming Method.
The power of Morphological Analysis as a problem-solving and innovation technique. The power of Morphological Analysis as a problem-solving and innovation technique (how to disassemble a problem and conquer the tyranny of the blank page).
Ray Kurzweil: Bad Memory? Not a Problem Unless You're a Robot. Researchers have gotten lost, he says, in the diversity and complexity of individual neurons and are missing the bigger picture. Ray Kurzweil: Bad Memory? Not a Problem Unless You're a Robot. Researchers have gotten lost, he says, in the diversity and complexity of individual neurons and are missing the bigger picture.

 

Humor

lateral thinking example Thinking outside the box with Ma and Pa kettle. Lateral thinking in action.
creative solutions on the job Dilbert: Invisible Robot. Consultant Dogbert suggests a solution to a tricky customer service problem.
stuck on an escalator take off Take off on the escalator stuck people.
creative thinking in action How to Paint your House, the Mr.Bean way.

 

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