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SKILL APPLICATION

ACTIVITIES FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS CREATIVELY

Suggested Assignments

1. Teach someone else how to solve problems creatively. Explain the guidelines and give examples from your own experience. Record your experience in your journal.

2. Think of a problem that is important to you right now for which there is no obvi- ous solution. It may relate to your family, your classroom experiences, your work situation, or some interpersonal relationship. Use the principles and techniques discussed in this chapter to work out a creative solution to that problem. Spend the time it takes to do a good job, even if several days are required. Describe the experience in your journal.

3. Help direct a group (your family, roommates, social club, church, etc.) in a care- fully crafted analytical problem-solving process—or a creative problem-solving exercise—using techniques discussed in this chapter. Record your experience in your journal.

4. Write a letter to your dean or a CEO of a firm identifying solutions to some per- plexing problem facing his or her organization right now. Write about an issue that you care about. Be sure to offer suggested solutions. This will require that you apply in advance the principles of problem solving discussed in this chapter.

CHAPTER 3

SOLVING PROBLEMS ANALYTICALLY AND CREATIVELY

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