Sunday, July 4, 2010

Get Creative!

A good decision making requires new and useful alternatives.The working environment is dynamic, flexible, uncertain, and unpredictable. Professionals must innovate and create new approaches to achieve make decisions and solve problems.


Four rules
o Rule out criticism
o Welcome freewheeling
o Seek large quantities of ideas
o Encourage combination and improvement of ideas

Nominal Group Technology

• Each individual writes down as many ideas as possible working individually.
• Each person presents one of his/her ideas, which the group leader records on a flipchart or whiteboard.
• The process continues until all ideas have been recorded. No ideas are repeated.
• Group discussion of each idea starts after all the ideas are presented.
• Each individual ranks what they think are the top five ideas, by giving a score of 5 to the one they think is best and 1 to the one they think would be least successful.
• Combine everyone's ratings for each idea.
• The idea with the highest score is the one you choose. If there is a tie, use Paired Comparison to make a decision.

Have you used any of these tools? Have you used any other creativity tools? Share your positive, successful experiences using these or other creativity tools.