Creative Problem Solving: A Guide for Trainers and by Arthur B Van Gundy

By Arthur B Van Gundy

Creative challenge fixing (CPS) is a six-step approach designed to assist humans systematically get to the bottom of nonroutine, ambiguous kinds of difficulties. simply because so much organizational difficulties are usually nonroutine, ability in utilizing CPS method can confer an important aggressive virtue. Creative challenge Solving offers education managers the data they should advance and train a path on CPS. VanGundy presents an outline of the method, parts of the inventive weather had to foster CPS and leading edge pondering, artistic considering workouts designed to demonstrate particular CPS ideas, and easy-to-follow descriptions of confirmed idea-generated methods.

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Knowing about the specific factors involved in these climates sometimes can help in overcoming many creative thinking obstacles. The remainder of this chapter is concerned with some major internal and external factors. Although not exhaustive, these factors should give you at least a rough notion of what is involved. EXTERNAL FACTORS The environment in your organization is likely to be conducive to creative thinking if it can be characterized as described in the following section (VanGundy, 1984).

7. Playfulness. Most new ideas just don't spring forth in full bloom. Instead, we usually need to play around with problems and ideas. We need to examine them from many different perspectives. Creative insights can be gained by toying with ideas and looking at them in detail. Playfulness Creative Thinking Climates 27 also is important in groups and individuals as an overall attitude toward a problem solving task. If you ever observe or participate in a group that seems to produce a large number of ideas, one feature that distinguishes it from other groups is its playful attitude.

Employees should feel free to take risks when proposing ideas and not fear that their careers will be jeopardized for doing so. This does not mean that anything goes. Rather, the atmosphere should be one that permits calculated risk taking. Management also has a major responsibility in encouraging risk taking. Because of the potential costs to the employee, management somehow must buffer any potential negative consequences of risk taking. This might be as simple as setting an example of openness to new ideas or as complex as designing a formal system to ensure that all ideas receive a fair hearing.

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