Leading the Creative Problem-Solving Process Online Course

Working with an actual client on a real problem, Dr. Roger Firestien will guide you through the entire Creative Problem-Solving process from identifying an initial goal to developing specific action plans.

Use the 20 short videos and 11 downloadable and writable PDF worksheets along with Roger’s book, Create in a Flash: A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation to deliver a complete innovation training program in your company or teach a creativity course in a university.

Course Outline

  1. Welcome to the Course
  2. Intro to Creative Problem Solving
  3. How to do a warm-up
  4. Identify your Goal/Wish/ Challenge
  5. Gather Data
  6. Clarify the Problem Creative Questions
  7. Why? What’s stopping me?
  8. Selecting the Best Problem
  9. Generate Ideas
  10. Brainwriting
  11. Selecting the best idea
  12. Develop Solutions PPCo
  13. Generating Action Steps
  14. Create your action plan
  15. CPS: The Whole Process
Get The Book

Create in a Flash: A leader's recipe for breakthrough innovation

Just as you follow a recipe to cook a great meal, there is a recipe to create great ideas. Create in a Flash is for leaders who know that in order to grow their organizations, they need to generate ideas and solutions on demand. With Flash, you’ll learn the recipe, why it works, and how to use it to be more effective and innovative in life and at work.

Watch this video first.
Welcome to the Course

Intro to Creative Problem Solving

Create in a Flash Video #1

This is a brief description of the Creative Problem-Solving process and how to use Create in a Flash: A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation along with the downloadable PDFs that accompany these videos.

How to do a warm-up

Create in a Flash Video #7

In Create in a Flash, “How to do a warm-up” is video 7. We moved it up earlier in this training program because, just as athletes have to warm-up before a physical workout, participants in Creative Problem-Solving session need to warm-up before they start working on their goal or wish or challenge. Have fun with this one.

Identify your Goal/Wish/Challenge

Create in a Flash Video #2

Download the PDF 21st Century Creative Problem-Solving. We will be referring to this throughout the rest of the video series.

Then download the PDF Identify Goal/Wish/Challenge. It will help you identify what you want to create, invent, solve or improve. This is where we start the creative process.

Gather data

Create in a Flash Video #3

Download the PDF Gather Data. Follow along with me to identify the background data on your situation.

Materials for Video

Clarify the Problem: Creative Questions

Create in a Flash Video #4

In this video you are introduced to the roles in a Creative Problem-Solving session. You will meet our client Tamara and the resource group. Watch as many creative questions are generated to help Tamara identify the best problem to solve.

Using the PDF Clarify the Problem, generate creative questions about your goal/wish/challenge. You might want to get a few people to help you come up with many creative questions. Just like the resource group did for Tamara.

Materials for Video

Clarify the Problem: Why? What’s stopping me?

Create in a Flash Video #5

The “Why? What’s stopping me?” technique is a powerful tool to help you generate creative questions that really challenge your initial impression of the problem.

There are two PDFs for you to download with this video, the blank “Why? What’s Stopping Me?” PDF and the PDF that shows Tamara’s responses. Use the blank PDF to generate creative questions for your situation.

Selecting the Best Problem

Create in a Flash Video #6

Now, it’s time to converge and pick the creative question that you really want to get some ideas for. Use the back side of the PDF Clarify the Problem. You downloaded it when you watched Video 4 on clarifying the problem using creative questions. Watch as Tamara uses the Highlighting technique to select the best problem to solve.

Materials for Video

Generate Ideas: Sticky Notes and Forced Connections

Create in a Flash Video #8

No, you didn’t miss Video 7. Remember, we moved it to the second video in this training program so you would be warmed-up to generate ideas just like you see in this video.

Look for the forced connections technique to help you get un-stuck when you are generating ideas.

Download the PDF Generate Ideas , then defer judgment and generate lots of ideas for solving your creative question. Once again, if you want to get some friends to be your resource group go ahead. You will be glad you did.

Materials for Video

Brainwriting

Create in a Flash Video #9

Brainwriting is a great technique for generating ideas without having to talk to each other or to even be in the same place at the same time. Keep those friends with you to generate even more ideas for your creative question. Just like the resource group did for Tamara.

Materials for Video

Selecting the best idea

Create in a Flash Video #10

You probably have lots of ideas for solving your creative questions. Now, just like we used the highlighting technique to select creative questions we can use the highlighting technique to select ideas.

Watch Tamara as she selects the best ideas to move forward and then use the back side of the Generate Ideas PDF that you downloaded for video 8 to help you select your best ideas.

Materials for Video

Develop Solutions PPCo

Pluses, Potentials concerns – PPCo
Create in a Flash Video #11

Now that you have identified your best ideas and formed them into clusters, it’s time to develop and refine those solutions. Download the PDF Pluses, Potentials, Concerns – Overcome Concerns (PPCo) and follow along with Tamara as she refines her solution using the PPCo technique. You can also use your own resource group to help overcome your concerns.

Generating Action Steps

Create in a Flash Video #12

Get ready to put your solution into action. Watch as Tamara and the resource group generate all the potential action steps to put Tamara’s solution into action. Then use the PDF Plan for Action to generate the action steps to implement your solution.

Materials for Video

Create your action plan

Create in a Flash Video #13

Let’s build a plan. Now, using all of the potential actions you generated to implement your plan, follow along with Tamara as she develops her Plan for Action. Use the back side of the Plan for Action PDF to create your plan.

Materials for Video

CPS: The Whole Process

Create in a Flash Video #14

Sit back and relax as we review the entire Creative Problem-Solving process from beginning to end. Congratulations. You have done it!

Interviews

Innovation In Medicine
with Dr. Robert Gatewood
Innovation in Agriculture
with SK Herefords (Phillip Keppler)
Innovation in Business
with Erik Eustice
Innovation in the Church
with Father Jack Ledwon
Innovation in Economic Development
with Jane Fischer
Innovation in Education
with Mary Bennett