Creative Problem Solving Best Practices

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Creative Problem Solving Best Practices

  1. 1. Student Affairs 2011Off-site Retreat<br />
  2. 2. In 2011…get on the road to Greatness<br />
  3. 3. Dare to be Great<br />
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  5. 5. <ul><li> Take Calculated Risks
  6. 6. Set STRETCH Goals
  7. 7. Embrace Change
  8. 8. Run Towards Challenges
  9. 9. Lean Into Discomfort
  10. 10. Take on NEW Responsibilities
  11. 11. Find GREAT Allies</li></li></ul><li>“Good is the Enemy of Great.”<br />Jim Collins<br />
  12. 12. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. . .”<br />Steve Jobs<br />
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  14. 14. Revisit SA Values & Mission Statement<br />
  15. 15. VALUES<br /><ul><li> Accessibility
  16. 16. Collaboration
  17. 17. Friendliness
  18. 18. Reliability and accountability
  19. 19. Respect for individual differences and diversity
  20. 20. Resourcefulness</li></li></ul><li>MISSION Statement<br />Student Affairs provides comprehensive services and diverse opportunities that enhance the learning environment and support the needs of our dynamic student body. We strive to promote personal growth and wellness, encourage leadership development and social responsibility, and support success during and after college.<br />
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  25. 25. Creative Problem Solving<br />
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  27. 27. That’s How It’s ALWAYS Been Done<br />
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  30. 30. DO IT Approach<br />
  31. 31. DDefine the problem<br />OOpen your mind & apply creative techniques<br />IIdentify the Solution<br />TTransform: implement the solution using an action plan<br />
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  33. 33. Brainstorming<br />
  34. 34. Brainwriting<br />
  35. 35. The Disney Creative Strategy<br />
  36. 36.  Dreamer<br /> Realist<br /> Critic<br />Go through all 3 stages<br />
  37. 37. Starbursting<br />
  38. 38. Starbursting<br />WHO<br />WHY<br />WHAT<br />IDEA / Issue<br />Challenge<br />WHEN<br />HOW<br />WHERE<br />
  39. 39. Metaphorical Thinking<br />
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  41. 41. Student<br />Careers<br />Health<br />Wellness<br />Major/minor<br />Services<br />Housing<br />Advisement<br />Retention<br />Facilities<br />
  42. 42. Provocation<br />
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  46. 46. Attribute Listing<br />
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  48. 48. Reframing Matrix<br />
  49. 49. 4 Perspective Approach!<br /><ul><li>Product/Service Perspective: Is something WRONG with the product?
  50. 50. Planning Perspective: Are our business plans faulty?
  51. 51. Potential Perspective: If we increase our workload, projects, service offerings, how would we achieve this?
  52. 52. People Perspective: Do we have the right people in the right jobs?</li></li></ul><li>Problem Perspective:<br /><ul><li> X
  53. 53. X
  54. 54. X </li></ul>Planning Perspective:<br /><ul><li> X
  55. 55. X
  56. 56. X </li></ul>Problem Being Addressed<br />People Perspective:<br /><ul><li> X
  57. 57. X
  58. 58. X </li></ul>Potential Perspective:<br /><ul><li> X
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  60. 60. X </li></li></ul><li>Seeking Inspiration<br />
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  62. 62. Help Is All<br />Around You<br />
  63. 63. Seek Help Online<br />
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  65. 65. Conflict Is a GOOD Thing…<br />
  66. 66. “Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheep like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving.”<br />John Dewey<br />
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  69. 69. “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.”<br />Joseph Sugarman<br />
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  71. 71. OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO<br />So,<br />Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray<br />Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea<br />Your off to great places.<br />Today is your day!<br />Your mountain is waiting.<br />So…get on your way.<br />Dr. Seuss<br />

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