Creative Approaches to Problem Solving A Framework for Innovation and Change

ISBN-10: 1412977738

ISBN-13: 9781412977739

Edition: 3rd 2011

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List price: $149.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

K. Brian Dorval is Founding Partner and President of Think First Serve, Inc., a management training and consulting company specializing in the use of creative-thinking, problem-solving, and performance improvement methods to help groups and organizations figure out new ways to grow. He has more than 23 years of experience helping people, teams, and organizations significantly improve their personal performance and business results. He has delivered more than 450 Creative Problem Solving, management coaching, and performance training sessions for companies in 20 countries around the world. He has also published more than 50 articles, chapters, and books on topics related to creative thinking, problem solving, and performance improvement. In other performance-related areas, he is a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association)-certified tennis professional, who specializes in the mental game. He has worked with regionally and nationally ranked junior and college tennis players, as well as adults of varying levels, to improve mental toughness and enhance performance during competition. He conducts research on the topics of creative thinking, problem solving, mental imagery, and sports performance and applies the results to help people, teams, and organizations develop high-performance practices that stimulate growth and success. He is also Head Tennis Professional for Western New York's Shining Stars adaptive tennis program for children with autism. He holds a master of science degree from Buffalo State College in creativity and innovation (1990).

Donald J. Treffinger is director of the Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota, Florida, and editor-in-chief of Parenting for High Potential , NAGC's quarterly magazine for parents. He has previously served as a member of the faculty at Buffalo State University College, the University of Kansas, and Purdue University. He has been actively involved in NAGC for many years and served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1980 to 1984.nbsp;Treffinger received the NAGC Distinguished Service Award in 1984 and the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award in 1995. His primary interests are in the areas of creativity and creative problem solving, the levels-of-service approach to programming for talent development, and problem-solving style. He is the author or coauthor of more than 350 publications, including Creativity and Giftedness . His most recent books are Talent Development: The Levels of Service Approach , the three-volume series Thinking with Standards: Preparing for Tomorrow , and Creative Problem Solving: An Introduction .

Creative Approaches to Problem Solving
What is Creativity?
Characteristics of Creative People
Operations Within the Creative Process
Removing Blocks and Barriers
Creative Results and Outcomes
The Context for Creativity
What is Problem Solving?
What is a Creative Approach?
Linking Creativity and Problem Solving
A Framework for Change
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Creative Problem Solving
What is Creative Problem Solving?
The Origins and History of CPS
Personal Process Activity
The CPS Framework
Understanding the Challenge
Constructing Opportunities
Exploring Data
Framing Problems
Generating Ideas
Preparing for Action
Developing Solutions
Building Acceptance
Planning Your Approach
Appraising Tasks
Designing Process
The Heartbeat of CPS
Guidelines for Generating
Defer Judgment
Strive for Quantity
Seek Combinations
Brainstorming is Not the Same as Having a Group Discussion
Brainstorming Includes Having Someone Lead the Session
Brainstorming Includes Recording All Options Generated
Brainstorming Involves Extended Effort
Brainstorming Supplements Individual Ideation
Guidelines for Focusing
Use Affirmative Judgment
Be Deliberate
Consider Novelty
Stay On Course
ALUo (Advantages, Limitations, Unique Qualities, and Overcoming Limitations)
Identifying the Advantages, Strengths, or Strong Points
Identifying Limitations or Areas for Improvement
Identifying Unique Qualities
Overcoming Limitations
Generating and Focusing Lead to Creativity
The Tools of CPS
Knowledge From Practical Experiences
Knowledge Derived From the Literature
A Solid and Explicit Conceptual Foundation Exists
There is Continuous Research and Development
Formal Courses Are Available
Courses and Programs Have Been Evaluated
Communities Exist to Advance Knowledge
Communities Exist to Advance Practice
There is a Documented Need
There is Experimental Evidence
Cps Has Been Widely Applied
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Understanding the Challenge
Understanding the Challenge in a "Nutshell"
What is the Constructing Opportunities Stage?
Generating When Constructing Opportunities
Opportunity Statements
Focusing When Constructing Opportunities
Constructing Opportunities - A Sample Application
What is the Exploring Data Stage?
Generating When Exploring Data
A Tool for Exploring Data: 5WH
Focusing When Exploring Data
Identify Key Data
Exploring Data - A Sample Application
What is the Framing Problems Stage?
Constructing an Effective Problem Statement
Generating In Framing Problems
Ladder of Abstraction
Focusing When Framing Problems
Find the Hot Spots
Restate the Hot Spots
The Rest of the Story
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Generating Ideas
Generating Ideas in a "Nutshell"
What is the Generating Ideas Component and Stage?
Points to Remember About Idea Generation
The Generating Phase
Qualities to Consider When Generating Options
Using Generating Tools
Brainstorming With Post-Its��
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