Creative Problem Soliving: the workshop and the process

Creative Problem Solving with Jan Buijis

  • What’s the problem?
  • What’s your idea?
  • How are you going to pull it off?

Nothing could be simpler. The ‘Buffalo System’ of creative problem solving adds a bit more, in business, not prone to responding intuitively to situations unless you’re the owner of the place, a good deal more ferreting around is required:

  • Mess
  • Data
  • Problem
  • Idea
  • Solution
  • Acceptance

When I ran a creative problem solving workshop for the second Tutor Marked Assignment of the OU MBA Module B822 it ran like this:

I might have typed it out like a Running Order for a TV show.

Here I was able to remind myself to ‘diverge’ and ‘converge’, to push people to expand their minds, to break away from initial concepts and ideas … and then to draw them back to some kind of focus.

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