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Spoiler alert: You may be wearing a pair! What do you do when you run out of ideas and you need a breakthrough?
I recently realized that the last that you folks heard from me was in May. Time flies! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.
You have the answer, but you don’t know how to access the answer. You need to bring someone in from the outside who has a proven track record of solving these kinds of problems.
Meet Father Jack Ledwon, Pastor at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo New York. Several years ago, my graduate students and I worked with St. Joseph University Parish to help them craft a vision for their future. We worked with the Parish leadership team and then conducted a series of town hall meetings with members of the congregation.
Creativity is desperately needed in agriculture. There’s too much of this of the wine cellar mentality always whining about complaining about too hot too cold out. No no no no. Stop the complaining. Let’s focus on solutions. Let’s be creative. That’s what makes things work. So, it could be used on every farm in this country.
Meet Dr. Robert Gatewood. Robert is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo; author of more than 50 presentations and co-author of two books. Dr. Gatewood took one of my Creativity courses at the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo State.
Meet Dr. Susan Whittaker principle of the Summit Academy in Getzville, New York. I conducted a Creative Problem Solving workshop with all 300 staff members of the Summit Academy. This session lead to a year- long project that was designed to infuse Creative Problem Solving methods into the academy.
Meet Jane Fischer. Jane is Chair of the Local Economic Development Initiative of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in Dunkirk, New York. Jane hired me to lead a Creative Problem Solving workshop with about 100 members of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Local Economic Development Initiative at their annual summit.
Meet Mary Bennett unit director of the Summit Academy in Amherst, New York. Mary took one of my Creativity courses at the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo state and was then instrumental in bringing me into the school to infuse Creative Problem Solving methods into the organization.
Creativity isn’t some mysterious ability that only a few people possess. Creativity is a skill. Just like you learned to ride a bicycle, you can learn how to be creative. You can turn on your creativity at will instead of waiting for ideas to happen.
Dr. Roger Firestien, Senior Faculty Member at the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo State speech at the Creativity Expert Exchange, October 2017. I fell in love with creativity in 1977.
Dr. Roger Firestien, Innovation Consultant – Keynote address at Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Economic Development Summit, May 2017. Creativity and Innovation isn’t just for corporations. It is for anyone looking to improve their community—whether in business, government, nonprofits, or education.
This program took the audience of the Disrupt HR community on a five-minute innovation “excursion” that was designed to help them come up with new ideas for solving a problem that was confronting them. Try it. Watch the video and take a five-minute creativity...
What does a doctor, a teacher, a government leader, an advertising executive, a priest, and a farmer all have in common? They are all using Creative Problem Solving to create breakthroughs. Take a look at this four-minute video. AND WATCH OUT FOR THE COWS.
I was honored to be able to provide the voice-over for the 50th-anniversary celebration animation video for the Center for Applied Imagination that debuted at the Creativity Expert Exchange conference at SUNY Buffalo State, October 13-15. Watch this video for a...
Dr. Firestien facilitating a creative problem solving session with Of the Sea.
The Creative Problem Solving process that we use is not new but has been tested, validated and refined over the last 60 years. It is the most researched and applied Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process in the world.
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I was recently interviewed by Michael Matias and featured on the 20 MInute Leaders podcast. You can listen to it here:
It’s important to look at problems as opportunities, learning “the language of creativity” to inject possibilities into your company.
If you generate only 10-12 ideas, you’re not being creative. Those are the same ones everyone has — creativity comes in the stretch.
As discussed on “Get Down To Business,” asking questions that contain “what might” or “how to” phrases will help figure out the true problem.
Some people say that they can’t afford to be creative, but the bottom line is that you can’t afford to not be creative.
Roger was recently a guest on the UNKNOWN ORIGINS podcast to discuss his experience in Creativity. Listen to the episode.
It’s important to learn the true power of creativity, brainstorming creative ideas and implementing those across multiple topics.
Every organization has problems that need solving, but often the problem that actually need solving comes from redefining the challenge.
When generating ideas and solve problems, it’s important to first conduct creative warm-ups. That way, you’ll find more successful solutions.
One creative process misconception is that all ideas must breakthrough ones. Incremental thoughts making a process more efficient are just as effective.
Stress comes with a perceived lack of options and usually just a handful of ideas, but a creative personality will you more options to work with.
A lot of ideas in the creative problem solving and innovation processes are arrived at through questions beginning with “How to” and “How might.”
Creativity is the production of something that is novel and useful, and using forced connections helps brainstorm these unusual ideas.
I was recently interviewed by Training Industry on why brainstorming sessions usually fail.
When facing undefined, real-world problems as opposed to traditional questions with straightforward answers, the need for a creative spark arises.
Roger explains the importance of quantity in the idea generation stage, and how to select the best ideas to move forward and develop.
Is there a difference between creativity and innovation? If my boss is not supportive, can I still be creative and innovative in my department?
How to Generate 100 Ideas in 10 Minutes with Dr. Roger Firestien Dr. Roger Firestien shares his simple method for generating more original ideas. You'll Learn: The four guidelines for generating ideas Why silly warm-ups seriously help brainstorming The magic number...
I recently had the pleasure of joining my friend, Amy Climer of Climer Consulting on her podcast. Listen to the podcast here, or on your favorite podcast service.