In The Seven Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success, author Andy Andrews recommends putting together a personal Board of Directors—“advisors” for various areas of your life.
Asking an experienced advisor from outside your industry for their thoughts on your problem can yield insightful perspectives.
Some pathways, however, are more effective than others.
The key is to experiment with various methods to uncover which ones work best for you.
Different methods will be more effective in different contexts. Over time, your connection with your inner guide improves and creative problem-solving can become a more spontaneous process. And like all skills, it can be learned and developed.
The more you use these problem-solving techniques, the more they become second nature. And then the art and subtleties of the discovery process begin to emerge.
“All innovations [begin] as creative solutions, but not all creative solutions become innovations.” Inventing is a special kind of creative problem solving in which the created solution qualifies as an invention because it is a useful new object, substance, process, software, or other kind of marketable entity.
Creative problem solving (CPS) is a method for creatively approaching a challenge to develop ideas and potential solutions to problems.
The situation prior to the solution does not need to be labeled as a problem.
Alternate labels include a challenge, an opportunity, an improvable situation, or a situation in which there is room for improvement.