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1 AASCU Senior Communications Officers Conference Washington, DC March 2012

2 Today ’ s Agenda The story about “ The Innovative Team ” Overview of creative process Understanding thinking styles Taking it forward

3 When you are trying to find creative solutions, what do you need to do to be successful? In pairs, please discuss…


5 Research tells us… The breakthrough thinking process is universal It has discreet steps Each step requires unique mental skills Most of us prefer some over others Preferences show up as strengths and potential blind spots when solving problems

6 Awareness helps you … Leverage style differences Build better teams Short circuit conflict Improve performance Become a creative powerhouse!

7 60-second conversations Find a partner One person speaks Other person listens generously Switch roles Share an innovation story

8 Stages of the universal creative process Clarify situation Generate ideas Develop solutions Implement action

9 Know your mind Personmeetsprocess

10 Personal preferences Ideator Clarifier Implementer Developer

11 FourSight thinking profile preference NOT ability

12 Clarifiers are... Strategic Thinkers

13 When you clarify… See the situation from all angles Understand the background Identify key data What info are you missing? Isolate obstacles Know what is relevant

14 Clarifiers are… focused, methodical, orderly, deliberate, serious, organized; may analyze to the extreme and not move forward need… order, the facts, an understanding of history, access to information, permission to ask questions annoy others by… asking too many questions, pointing out obstacles, identifying areas that haven’t been well thought out, overloading people with information, being too realistic

15 Ideators are... Imaginative Thinkers

16 When you ideate… List lots of ideas Be playful Look from a new angle Brainstorm to get diverse ideas Use random associations

17 Ideators are… playful, imaginative, social, adaptable, flexible, adventurous, independent; may overlook the details need… room to be playful, constant stimulation, variety and change, the big picture annoy others by… drawing attention to themselves, being impatient when others don’t get their ideas, offering ideas that are too off-the-wall, being too abstract, not sticking to one idea

18 Developers are... Adaptive Thinkers

19 When you develop… Say what you like Phrase concerns as questions Develop criteria for success Modify solutions Who might assist? Resist? Make an action plan

20 Developers are... reflective, careful, pragmatic, planful, patient, dedicated, discerning; may get stuck in developing the perfect solution need... a chance to consider and evaluate the options, time to craft and develop ideas into useful solutions annoy others by... being too nit-picky, finding flaws in others’ ideas, getting locked into one approach

21 Implementers are... Tactical Thinkers

22 When you implement… Manage the Change Learn as you go “ Test fast. Fail fast. Adjust fast. ” What ’ s working? What isn ’ t? Cycle back to other phases

23 Implementers are... persistent, decisive, determined, assertive, action-oriented; may leap into action too quickly need... the sense that others are moving just as quickly, timely responses to their ideas, control annoy others by... being too pushy, readily expressing their frustration when others do not move as quickly, overselling their ideas

24 Integrators are... steady, flexible, inclusive, team players, stabilizing influences; may lose their own voice to accommodate team need... cooperation, collaboration, energy from others, to feel others are committed to the challenge annoy others by... pointing out what’s not being done, not allowing their voices to be heard, being overly flexible, becoming peace-makers

25 Reading your profile high preference low preference non-preference contrast lines


27 Find a partner What ’ s your style? (use cards to make a guess) Identify differences, similarities Discuss how your preferences might impact your working relationship

28 Team Profile

29 Communication: The Platinum Rule Remember, when working with other preferences: Give Clarifiers... Order The facts An understanding of history Access to information Permission to ask questions Give Ideators... Room to be playful Constant stimulation Variety and change The big picture Give Clarifiers... The sense that others are moving just as quickly Control Timely responses to their ideas Give Developers... Time to consider the options Time to evaluate Time to develop ideas

30 Thank you! For more information on FourSight, please visit: Chris Grivas

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