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1 SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL Seminar 4.3 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

2 Opening Thought: Emerson “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

3 Objectives Explain what “creative thinking” is in your own words. Describe at least one problem-solving method; apply the method to a squadron-level leadership challenge. Justify why a team approach to problem solving is effective. Discuss 4 common mistakes in problem-solving and explain how you can avoid them.

4 What is creative thinking?

5 Seeing ideas or objects in a new context Grabbing hold of the thread connecting two concepts Overcoming how we are constrained by culture, tradition, or circumstance Contempt for the “we’ve always done it that way” attitude “Excellence in all we do”

6 Who is smarter: me or us?

7 Problem-Solving Process What is the right sequence? A.Evaluate the options against the criteria. B.Assess the risks and liabilities. C.Define the problem and the criteria for a solution. D.Identify your options. E.Identify and select the best alternative within the resources available. F.Assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and benefits. G.Compare the alternatives.

8 Problem-Solving Process 1. Define the problem and the criteria for a solution. 2. Identify your options. 3. Evaluate the options against the criteria. 4. Assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and benefits. 5. Assess the risks and liabilities. 6. Compare the alternatives. 7. Identify and select the best alternative within the resources available. A3, B5, C1, D2, E7, F4, G6

9 Six Common Blunders 1. Not admitting mistakes

10 Six Common Blunders 2. Valuing credentials more than ideas or capabilities

11 Six Common Blunders 3. Groupthink When people seek unanimous agreement in spite of facts pointing toward another conclusion. (Irving Janis)

12 Six Common Blunders 4. Being too objective or too emotional Aristotle’s golden mean

13 Six Common Blunders 5. Succumbing to a false dilemma

14 Six Common Blunders 6. Following a false consensus “The Road to Abilene”

15 Activity A.Our squadron coffers are nearly empty. B.Very few people in our town know about CAP. C.Attendance at squadron meetings is sporadic. D.In 6 months, our commander will be moving out of state. E.If we do not fly more, our airplane will be taken away. F.We recruited 5 new seniors and now we need to keep them active. Instructions: Work individually or with a partner. Choose a scenario. Recommend a solution. Show how your thinking follows the problem-solving process.

16 Final Thought “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - ALBERT EINSTEIN


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