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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at Not exactly the kind of mindset conducive to breakthrough thinking. Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Even if you find yourself in a room full of 10, left brainers, there are tons of ways to work with this mindset in service to bringing out the very best of the group's collective genius: Diffuse the fear of ambiguity by continually clarifying the process Most left-brain-dominant people hate open-ended processes and anything that smacks of ambiguity.
Next time you find yourself leading a creative thinking sessionmake it a point to give participants, early is the session, a mental map of the process you'll be using. Explain that the session will consist of two key elements: In the divergent segment, you'll be helping people consider non-traditional approaches.
In the convergent segment, you'll be helping people analyze, evaluate, and select from the multiplicity of ideas they have generated. If participants are going to get uneasy, it will happen during the divergent segment.
Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.
Here's where we are. And here's we're going. Get people talking about AHAS! All you need to do to get them in touch with that part of themselves is help them recall a moment when they were operating at a high level of creativity.
Get them talking about how it felt, what were the conditions, and what preceded the breakthrough. You'll be amazed at the stories you'll hear and how willing everyone will be, after that, to really stretch out. Transform limiting assumptions One of the biggest obstacles to creativity is the assumption-making part of our brain -- the part that is forever drawing lines in the sand -- the part that is ruled by the past.
Most people are not aware of the assumptions they have -- in the same way that most drivers are not aware of the blind spot in their mirror.
If you want people to be optimally creative, it is imperative that you find a way to help them identify their limiting assumptions about the challenge they are brainstorming. But DON'T get caught in a lengthy discussion about the collective limiting assumptions of the group. This is often just another way that left-brain dominant participants will default to analyzing and debating.
Instead, lead a process that will help participants identify and explore their limiting assumptions. Then, time allowing, help them transform each of these limiting assumptions into open-ended "How can we?
Encourage idea fluency Dr. Linus Pauling, one of the most influential chemists of the 20th century, was once asked, "How do you get a good idea? You want to encourage peopleearly and often, to go for quantity.
This will short circuit participants' perfectionistic, self-censoring tendencies -- two behaviors that are certain death to creativity. Invite humor The right use of is a great way to help people tap into their right brains.
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Indeed, "haha" and "aha" are closely related. Both are the result of surprise or discontinuity. You laugh when your expectations are confronted in a delightful way.
Please note, however, that your use of humor must not be demeaning to anyone in the room. Freud explained that every "joke" has a victim and is used by the teller to gain advantage over the victim -- a way to affirm power. And when a group finds itself in the realm of power and the yielding of powerit will undoubtedly end up in left brain territory.
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