Creative Problem Solving when working alone

We are living in extraordinary times, and it is even more important not to shut down our minds to new ideas. When we do, we often leap into solutions for our problems. Creative problem solving (CPS) is an approach which encourages fresh and open thinking. However,...

The Dangers of Groupthink

Groupthink is a collective mindset which can develop within cohesive groups. So what are the dangers of groupthink? It results in a group view being established and decisions being taken without assumptions being checked. This can happen for many reasons; a lack of...

What are icebreakers and why are they important?

What are Icebreakers? I am sure that many of you, like me, will have had that sinking feeling as we enter a new meeting. Especially when we don't know anyone. However confident we are, it's a difficult time. This is  when facilitators can really help to ensure their...

Habits and how to change them

What are habits? Habits are behaviours we perform almost automatically. They are not  usually something we have to spend any time thinking about, we just do them, for example cleaning our teeth regularly.  Bad habits can become destructive, and these kinds of habits...

Creativity and age- the evidence

The myths of creativity and age There are a lot of myths around concerning creativity and age. Not least the myth that older people are stuck in their ways and that this is a barrier to creativity. Creativity is a wide-ranging word and can be defined in many ways. We...

Testing Ideas with the Disney Strategy

When working with the three stage creative problem solving (CPS) process, the third stage is to test possible solutions before they are put into practice. As with the previous stages, this stage requires both a divergent and convergent phase. In the divergent phase,...