The image below is from my Creativity to Innovation Workshop & Consulting.

  • Learn ways to overcome “stuckness” in your thinking and quickly solve problems.
  • How to have discussions to lead others to think differently
  • Model’s and methods to think differently about existing problems that will lead to innovative products and processes
  • Use existing resources and knowledge to innovate solutions

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Innovation organization development team building expert michael cardus

We all have problems, every team has problems, every organization has problems I have yet to meet a manager yet who doesn’t have problems…

The amazing thing about the amount of problems we face is that there are just as many solutions – some you have already found and some you just got to look for.

Working to overcome the psychological inertia stuckness where you feel that you are on the only one or team that has this specific problem is often all you need to work to find that one small step closer to your solution.

How do you move a known problem into a solution?

Try asking the following questions;

  1. What is it that we need to solve?
  2. Who else may have similar problems?
  3. How could we find out what they did to solve their problem?
  4. What about the other guys solution can we try here?
  5. What changes to the solution is needed?
  6. What is one thing we can change and see what happens?
Does this work? Do you have an example?

Working with a University where people were stealing manhole covers. We determined that people were stealing the manhole covers and most likely selling the metal for quick cash this was later confirmed by a phone call and visit to a Scrap Metal Dealer & Recycler.

We went through the questions and split the team into two groups who were tasked with doing some research and reporting back on what other universities, companies, townships, etc… that may have had similar problems and what they did about it.

The two teams met and both shared results. One team by just googling found a town that had a similar problem, and they contacted the towns public works department.  That towns solution was to fill the missing manhole covers with a hard plastic polymer manhole cover. The University found a local manufacturer of these manhole covers and the solution was found, TAA DAA!

The solution you are looking for is already out there, and now with the internet a couple google searches and you can create a Solution-Bank of possible ideas.

What do you think?

What problems do you currently have, that other people have already solved? Do you have an example of when you found a solution to a problem your company, team, or you had and with some small changes implemented into your solution?


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