Big Ideas, Focused Action, Problem Solved

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Workshop presented at the Oklahoma Creativity Forum (#OKFC2011) on 11.1.11 in Norman, OK by Tamara Christensen and Cynthia Rolfe.

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Big Ideas, Focused Action, Problem Solved

  1. 1. Big Ideas, Focused Action, Problem Solved. Oklahoma Creativity Forum 11.1.11 CYNTHIA ROLFE, Ed.D., Ph.D. TAMARA CHRISTENSEN, MSD, ABD VP of IT + Assistant to the President, UCO Consultant (& creativity guru) Founder, Seven Wheelstm Portigal Consulting crolfe@uco.edu tamara@portigal.com @Cynthia.E.Rolfe @drtamara
  2. 2. why are we here? We know that training in creative thinking (i.e. process) improves the work climate (i.e. environment) of teams. ~Firestien, 1996 Leaders who wish to foster creative thinking and change must recognize the importance of all the facets of creativity. ~Puccio, 2007
  3. 3. breaking it down creative problem solving big ideas + focused action ll2reflect
  4. 4. breaking it down creative problem solving big ideas + focused action ll2reflect
  5. 5. DIVERGENT Generating lots of ideas. imagination, quantity the faucet CONVERGENT Judging ideas and making decisions. logical, quality the funnel
  6. 6. DIVERGENT Generating lots of ideas. imagination, quantity the faucet Guidelines Defer judgment Combine and build on ideas Seek wild ideas Go for quantity
  7. 7. Guidelines Be deliberate Check your objectives Improve your ideas Be affirmative Consider novelty CONVERGENT Judging ideas and making decisions. logical, quality the funnel
  8. 8. breaking it down creative problem solving big ideas + focused action ll2reflect
  9. 9. creative problem solving Identify the Challenge Objective Finding (OF) Facts and feelings exploration Fact Finding (FF) Problem framing & reframing Problem Finding (PF) Idea generation Idea Finding (IF) Solution development Solution Finding (AF) Action planning Acceptance Finding (AF)
  10. 10. creative problem solving { Identify the Challenge Objective Finding (OF) Problem exploration Facts and feelings exploration Fact Finding (FF) Problem framing & reframing Problem Finding (PF) Brainstorming { Idea generation Idea Finding (IF) { Solution development Solution Finding (AF) Getting into action Action planning Acceptance Finding (AF)
  11. 11. creative problem solving Identify the Challenge Objective Finding (OF) Facts and feelings exploration Fact Finding (FF) Problem framing & reframing Problem Finding (PF) Idea generation Idea Finding (IF) Solution development Solution Finding (AF) Action planning Acceptance Finding (AF)
  12. 12. breaking it down creative problem solving big ideas + focused action ll2reflect
  13. 13. big ideas
  14. 14. OUR  MISSION  IS  TO  ESTABLISH   OKLAHOMA  AS  A  WORLD-­‐ RENOWNED  CENTER  OF   CREATIVITY  &  INNOVATION  IN   EDUCATION,  COMMERCE,  &   CULTURE
  15. 15. What’s the problem? WMBATW (What Might Be All The Ways) for you to preserve and share your learnings today? OUR  MISSION  IS  TO  ESTABLISH  OKLAHOMA  AS     A  WORLD-­‐RENOWNED  CENTER  OF  CREATIVITY  &   INNOVATION  IN  EDUCATION,  COMMERCE,  &  CULTURE
  16. 16. DIVERGENT Generating lots of ideas. imagination, quantity the faucet Guidelines Defer judgment Combine and build on ideas Seek wild ideas Go for quantity
  17. 17. Visual Connections When you see the image, think of and/or jot down some words and phrases to describe it. Next use those words and phrases to get you thinking about new ideas for the challenge. Record these ideas. Go for quantity! As many ideas as you can generate. Edit later.
  18. 18. WMBATW for you to preserve and share your learnings today?
  19. 19. WMBATW for you to preserve and share your learnings today?
  20. 20. WMBATW for you to preserve and share your learnings today?
  21. 21. How many ideas do you have? Stand up if… You generated 3 or more ideas. You generated 8 or more ideas. You generated 15 or more ideas. You generated 21 or more ideas. [applause]
  22. 22. focused action
  23. 23. Guidelines Be deliberate Check your objectives Improve your ideas Be affirmative Consider novelty CONVERGENT Judging ideas and making decisions. logical, quality the funnel
  24. 24. Criteria Go for ideas that are FUN! Functional Will it work? Useful Does it solve the problem? (to preserve and share your learnings today)   Novel Is it a fresh way of thinking?
  25. 25. Got your list of ideas? Pick your favorite 3 ideas Find 2 strangers & share ideas (make new friends!) Each select 1-2 favorite ideas Share with each other and determine the best solution
  26. 26. problem solved
  27. 27. What’s the solution? WMBATW (What Might Be All The Ways) for you to preserve and share your learnings today? OUR  MISSION  IS  TO  ESTABLISH  OKLAHOMA  AS     A  WORLD-­‐RENOWNED  CENTER  OF  CREATIVITY  &   INNOVATION  IN  EDUCATION,  COMMERCE,  &  CULTURE
  28. 28. breaking it down creative problem solving big ideas + focused action ll2reflect
  29. 29. shapely reflection 3   1   ?
  30. 30. shapely reflection 3   1   ? 3 things that 1 thing that Questions still stand out for really squared circling you about the with you session
  31. 31. crolfe@uco.edu tamara@portigal.com

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