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Creative Problem Solving (CPS): Step Out Of Your Shoes


Reframe the Problem and Take Different Perceptual Positions To Find a Better Solution

By: Vadim Kotelnikov, Founder of Inspirational Business e-Coach

How To Solve Problems (micro-course) Reframing NLP Perceptual Positions Questions for Creative Business Problem Solving Creative Problem Solving: Reframing, Changing Perceptual Positions


The Power of Taking a Different View

Sometimes the way you frame a problem contains an assumption that prevents you from solving it.

4 Levels of Problem Solving

Creative problem solving starts with an open mind. Reframing helps you consider an issue from many different aspects. To find a better creative solution to the current practice, reframe the problem, break down its components and assemble them in a different way.

Remove perceptual and cognitive limitations imposed by your own knowledge structures. Discard old paradigms.

Change your thinking mode. Step out of your everyday shoes into the shoes of others to surface new insights to a problem. Select a perceptual position and brainstorm ideas for a few minutes before moving on to another perspective.

As an optimist, you will see positive things in the situation and spot new opportunities it opens.

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As a pessimist, you will see hidden risks and may come out with safer solutions.

As a strategist, you’ll see beyond the today’s situation, develop future scenarios, and may discover new strategic opportunities.

As a researcher, you may discover wrong assumptions or missing facts and suggest a new direction to explore.

As an inventor, you will think outside the box and come out with wild ideas and creative solutions no one else can think of.
As an
entrepreneur, you will be searching for creative solutions that can be implemented with speed, put you ahead of your competition, and reposition yourself for growth.

As an observer dissociated emotionally or otherwise from the problem, see yourself trying to solve it. Quite often you will be surprised to see that you are overlooking simple, obvious, and most elegant solutions.

Great Problem Solver: How To Solve Problems Creatively (PowerPoint slides download, educational course)