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Stop Trying to Solve Problems

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"Hack the brain to increase complex problem solving."

 

"New research by Neuroscientist David Creswell from Carnegie Mellon ... explore[s]  what happens in the brain when people tackle problems that are too big for their conscious mind to solve."

 

 "To put it plainly - people who were distracted did better on a complex problem-solving task than people who put in conscious effort. This isn’t so surprising –the problem-solving resources of the non-conscious are millions if not billions of times larger than that of the conscious. What’s surprising is how fast this effect kicked in – the third group were distracted for only a few minutes. This wasn’t the ‘sleep on it’ effect, or about quieting the mind. It was something more accessible to all of us every day, in many small ways."


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It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups

It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Does anyone actually enjoy break-out groups? It's a serious question.

 

From the article: "Break-out groups are intended to break up the monotony of a long meeting and get people talking to each other on key topics. These are worthy goals; break-out groups are just lousy at realizing them.

 

"What could work better? I think time slots devoted to mini 'unconferences'would. ... At an unconference time slots and meeting rooms are predetermined, but nothing else is. Using whiteboards or sticky notes, people propose sessions that they want to lead / facilitate, and also decide (by looking at the whiteboards or sticky notes) which ones they want to attend."

 

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Get smart: How to bulk up your creativity muscles

"Insightful solutions to problems often happen when people reuse knowledge that they did not realize would be valuable when they learned it."

 

"That kind of creativity requires three components:
1) improving your knowledge about the way all kinds of things in the world function;

2) developing strategies to pull out the knowledge you need when you need it; and

3) developing thinking habits to support these skills."

 

Article by Art Markman, author of "Smart Thinking"

 

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Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Continuum uses an innovation process approach - deliberative discourse - that they fondly call “Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss.”

 

From the article: "It refers to participative and collaborative (but not critique-free) communication. Multiple positions and views are expressed with a shared understanding that everyone is focused on a common goal. There is no hierarchy. It’s not debate because there are no opposing sides trying to “win.” Rather, it’s about working together to solve a problem and create new ideas."

 

What are the rules? (1) No hierarchy. (2) Say "No, because". (3) Diverse perspectives. (4) Focus on a common goal. (5) Keep it fun.

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Conceptual Conversations

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Sometimes, a simple conversation with a small group of people to thrash out ideas and develop solutions into concepts is a more effective approach than brainstorming or other structured ideation events. 

 

Does this mean you should stop brainstorms in favour of conceptual conversations? Not at all. Conceptual conversations are better when you need to develop solutions or need to solve complex problems.

 

Brainstorming and crowdsourcing are better suited when you need a number of ideas, most likely incremental improvement ideas. For example, if you are looking for product improvement ideas, you probably do not want a single concept but rather a number of suggestions which can be implemented.

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Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing.

 

Everything about the way we start our day runs counter to the best conditions for thinking creatively

 

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Gina Stepp's comment, March 22, 2012 7:50 AM
I love the last line: "Laughing babies and a double latte: now that’s a way to start the day."

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John Kay - Obliquity

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"Strange as it may seem, overcoming geographic obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting global business targets are the type of goals often best achieved when pursued indirectly. This is the idea of Obliquity. Oblique approaches are most effective in difficult terrain, or where outcomes depend on interactions with other people."

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10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work

10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
You CAN overcome the frustration of feeling blocked.

 

Of the 10 tips, I like these two.

 

#1 "Redefine the problem to find it more compelling. Ask yourself something like "What if Winston Churchill was designing this packaging?" That will provide an unfamiliar angle and perhaps a new perspective. (Christian Helms, Graphic Designer)"

 

#7. "Choose a better way to conceive of your blocks. For instance, rather than having to root through a blocked drain to achieve flow, consider temperature. "I try to find out what's hot and start there, even if it may be unrelated to what I need to be working on." (Michael Erard, Writer and Journalist)"

 

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Is Your Training On the Trivial?

"What makes your MVP special is the ability to solve ill-structured problems. These are the problems which have something unique about them, whether it’s designing a new solution strategy, or envisioning a new skyscraper."

 

Solving "ill-structured" problems is "based on three kinds of knowledge: how things work, problem solving strategies, and context knowledge."

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A Secret to Creative Problem Solving

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"Ever find yourself going over and over a problem in your business, only to hit a dead end or draw a blank? Find an innovative solution with one simple technique: re-describe the problem. "

 

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Doodling for Dollars

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Employees in a range of businesses are being encouraged by their companies to sketch their ideas and draw diagrams to explain complicated concepts to colleagues.

 

Katherine Stevens: Good article about how companies are using visual note-taking and graphic facilitation for ideation, problem-solving, and communicating complex ideas.

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Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes

Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Are two heads better than one?

 

A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that two people may actually produce worse judgments, not because together they aren’t capable of making a good decision – but precisely because they are so confident that they can.

 

Psychologist Julie Minson, co-lead of the study, says these findings don’t negate the value of group decision-making, but they do highlight a need for caution. “If people become aware that collaboration leads to an increase in overconfidence, you can set up ways to mitigate it. Teams could be urged to consider and process each others’ inputs more thoroughly.”

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'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination : NPR

In his new book, Imagine, Jonah Lehrer explores the art and science of original thinking — from Shakespearean tragedies to the invention of masking tape to Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. And when you get stuck?

 

Hear the NPR interview of Jonah Lehrer or read the summary notes.

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Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company

Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Interview with Jonah Lehrer, who wrote "Imagine: How Creativity Works."
"... there are probably three neurologically distinct forms of creativity. One is when you have these moments of insight that come out of the blue--when you have epiphanies in the shower. Those seem to come from the part of the brain that's involved in things like the interpretation of metaphors and the processing of jokes. Another form is really working hard at solving a problem--it's not nearly as fun as having an epiphany, but it's just as important. The last form is spontaneous improvisation--what Miles Davis did."


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