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Creative Problem Solving

Creative Techniques to creatively generate practical solutions to practical problems
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Created by John Rodwell
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
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  • 40 Supplemental Resources
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Learn the basic principles of creative and lateral thinking. Then learn the practical tools and techniques to solve all kinds of problems at work, and beyond… creatively.

Generate multiple potential solutions with the techniques you will learn from this course to help find the ‘gem’ that elegantly solves your problem.

  • Principles of creativity and creative problem solving
  • Warm-up techniques
  • Analogy techniques
  • Consult techniques
  • Inaction techniques

Multiple techniques for multiple solutions

Everyone has to deal with problems every day in one way or another. Some problems have obvious solutions; others do not. This course will help you deal with problems where the solution is less than obvious or where previous solutions have not worked as well as expected.

The more techniques you apply to a particular problem, the more potential solutions you will generate. This is demonstrated in the course where you can apply different techniques to the same example problem and different potential solutions are generated.

Once you have learned these techniques, you may well start actively hunting for problems to apply them to!

Content and overview

This course is suitable for anyone who has to deal with significant problems on a regular or frequent basis - especially at work. It provides you with 27 lectures including 5 practice activities, 44 minutes of video, plus interative exercises within the videos. All of the information you see on screen is also available to you as a downloadable resource.

The course starts by taking you through the principles of creativity and creative problem solving.

You will then learn twelve techniques to help you produce potential solutions to problems, at work or beyond.

For most of the techniques you will learn the process of applying them on a step-by-step basis. You will then see an example of the technique being used on a realistic problem, followed by an opportunity for you to practice the technique for yourself.

In the final section of the course you will learn some of the barriers to creativity that can often arise, and how to overcome them. You will also learn some of the legitimate constraints that you may need to work within when implementing any of your solutions.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Prior knowledge of a problem solving process will be useful but not essental. This course is not for people who want to become more creative in an artistic sense. It is for people who want to find practical solutions to practical problems using a more creative approach
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What Will I Learn?
Apply a range of creative thinking techniques to generate potential solutions to many types of problem at work and beyond.
Identify the areas of work or life where a creative problem solving approach will be appropriate
Describe the principles of Left Brain / Right Brain and Lateral thinking.
Apply three 'warm-up' techniques to get the creative juices flowing
Apply three 'Analogy' techniques to identify a number of potential solutions to a problem
Apply four 'Consult' techniques to identify more potential solutions
Apply two 'Inaction' techniques to call upon a more relaxed and sub-conscious approach
Identify the main barriers to creativity, and how to avoid them
Implement solutions within legitimate constraints
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  • No materials or software are essential for this course. A pen and paper might be useful for the interactive elements
Curriculum For This Course
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An Introduction to Creativity
4 Lectures 08:14

An introduction to creativity at work. Learn where & when you might need to apply some creative problem solving techniques.

Preview 01:21

A list of ways that you can be creative - possibly more than you might think!

Ways of being creative

This lecture will help you identify two different ways of thinking, and how you can use both of them effectively.

Left Brain / Right Brain Thinking

Lateral Thinking
The Techniques
20 Lectures 31:06

A comparison of 'magical' memory techniques to creative problem solving techniques, and a list of all the types and titles of techniques coming up in the following lectures

Preview 01:28

Warm-ups 1 & 2

An opportunity for you to try one of the Paper Clip Warm-up techniques

Activity 1 - Paper Clip 2 Warm up

Learn another Warm-up technique that can be great fun when undertaken as an individual, and especially as a group activity.

Warm-up 3 - 'What if...?'

An opportunity to pracice the 'What if..?' Warm-up technique

Activity 2 - 'What if...?' Practice

In this lecture you will learn the 'What's It Like?' technqiue along with an example of it being used, and a suggestion for finsing a suitable analogy.

Preview 03:27

In this lecture you will learn the 'What kind of problem?' technique and see an example of it being used on a realistic workplace problem.

Analogy 2 - 'What kind of problem?'

From this lecture you will learn the 'How's it like..?' technique to generate potential solutions to one problem activity by comparing it to another kind of activity.

Analogy 3 - 'How's it like?'

This is an opportunity for you to practice one or more analogy techniques on a given problem scenario, or one of your own.

Activity 3 - Analogy Practice

A text version of Activity 3 - Analogy practice

Activity 3 - The Problem

The first of the Consult techiques. Learn how to bring in a 'special individual' to help you generate solutions to your problem.

Consult 1 - A special individual

In this lecture you will learn how to bring in the expertise of a professional or hobbyist to help you generate even more solutions to a problem, also with an example of the technique in action.

Consult 2 - A professional or hobbyist

In this lecture you will learn how to be contrary, naive or irrational to help provoke different ways of looking at a problem.

Preview 02:21

Also known as 'The Random Word Technique' this lecture will show you how to pick a word at random and use it to generate solutions to a problem.

Consult 4 - The Random Oracle

An opportunity to put the theory into practice and apply one or more Consult techniques to a problem.

Preview 01:01

A text version of Activity 4 - Consult Practice

Activity 4 - The Problem

An idea generation method that you don't need to put any effort into at all!

Inaction 1 - Incubate

The second Inaction technique. Learn how to find 'your time' for creative daydreaming.

Inaction 2 - Daydreaming

An opportunity for you to practice one, or both inaction techniques on a given problem, or one of your own.

Activity 5 - Inaction Practice

Activity 5 - The Problem
Other Considerations
2 Lectures 04:05

This lecture will enable you to identify some of the barriers to creativity that you might encounter from others or from within yourself. You will also learn some ways to overcome these barriers.

Barriers to creativity

This lecture will help you to idnetify and acknowledge some of the legitimate constraints that you might need to work within when implementing solutions to problems.

Resources & Worksheet
1 Lecture 02:21

The resources available for this course. Plus guidance on how to complete the problem solving worksheet.

Preview 02:21

A 10 question quiz for you to check what you've learned.

Creative Problem Solving - Test your learning!
10 questions
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I have been a learning and development consultant specialising in trainer training and management training for nearly 30 years. During this time I have had two books published (Participative Training Skills - Gower 1994 and Activity Based Training Design - Gower 2007).

I run my own website where I promote a range of different items that I produce including PowerPoint games and templates, Mind Maps, Android Apps and other publications.

My main employment has been in the UK Public Sector for various government departments but also in the Private Sector and on numerous international projects in places such as Serbia, Romania, Jordan and Uzbekistan among others.

My main career goal since getting involved in training and learning & Development is to help people learn and help them learn in the most engaging and enjoyable way possible.

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