Working Creatively at Work
Creative Problem Solving as a Way of Life
Patt Schwab, Ph.D., CSP
not just for inventors and artists. It is a survival skill
in a rapidly changing world. Complacency is a luxury we can
no longer afford. Put more simply, those of us resting on
our laurels, are wearing them on the wrong end!
Many of us have
problems for which the old solutions don't work. We need to
find new ways to solve problems and preempt future ones.
With that in mind, this workshop is divided into three
1. Developing a
flexible mindset for problem solving.
"Dreams do not
build bridges, but no bridge is built without
expand your problem analysis
"If the only
tool a man has is a hammer, he will treat every problem as
though it were a nail." (Abraham Maslow)
tools for choosing the right answers from creative
every insolvable problem, there is at least one elegant
solution." (Harvey Jankins)
emphasizing specific creative problem solving techniques,
Dr. Patt Schwab
stresses the importance of humor, risk taking and creativity
as a part of daily life.
These are, she insists, profession enhancing, life enriching
skills anyone can learn.
Meeting Planner Notes: This 3-6 hour skill
building workshop uses a humorous, collaborative approach
which makes it a winner placed early in a conference program
or used to subtly connect different staff groups within an
organization. It is a fun, technique filled session in which
the various exercises promote interaction among attendees as
they build creativity skills.
It can easily be tailored to include problem
solving around an existing organizational issue or around
issues individual to each attendee.
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