Sure fire way to solve any problem

Brad Stanton —  January 24, 2013 — 9 Comments

Brainstorming for solving any problem

Català: Imatge de la pluja d'idees

 

A technique called brainstorming can be used to solve just about any problem, whether it is a relationship problem, a technical problem, a writing block, or anything else.
Brainstorming just means that a person or group of people sit down and write down as many solutions to a problem as they can think of. No one should take time to decide whether the solutions are good or not, just list as many possibilities as possible. Later go through the list and keep only the good ideas. It is amazing how many discoveries were made on things not related to the original problem were found by using this method, and how many good solutions to the original problem were uncovered.

 

 

Creativity is a must for brainstorming. Most people use creativity in their home life and jobs. Whether you are a writer, an engineer, QA, manager, business person or other, creativity is a must to be competitive in the world today.

 

 

So if creativity is so important, how do we strengthen our creative brain muscles? One way is to do brainstorming. Sit down and write out a list of all the possible, including silly, things a pencil can be used for. A team of three people came up with over 50 uses for the lowly pencil. Here are just some of the uses:

 

 

• To write with
• As a paperweight
• As a weapon (use it as a knife)
• Tent peg
• Fire kindling
• Chew toy
• Use pencils as Tinker Toys

 

 

For example, if you are dimensioning an engineering drawing and you can’t decide whether to use a Perpendicularity control or a Surface Profile, you can sit and write out all the possible outcomes you can think of for each.

 

 

If you are trying to solve the problem of ensuring that your teenage son comes home to dinner on time you can sit down and make a list of methods you can use. Of course it might help to talk to a person very knowledgeable about that sort of thing first.

In the book A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger VonOech, the author gives a hypothetical situation: Suppose you get a call from a company that accidently bought $1,000,000 too many ball bearings. The company asks you to think of some way to monetize the situation. Here are some possible uses of the ball bearings:

 

 

• Use them as level testers.
• Sew them into a canvas vest and use them as “weight clothing” for athletes.
• Make jewelry out of them: earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
• Use them as confetti at a punk rock concert.
• Put them on the bottom of uneven curtains and use them as curtain weights.
• Serve them as robot caviar (when your “home robot” is having friends over).

 

 

The last idea is rather silly, but it’s brainstorming, right?

 

 

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9 responses to Sure fire way to solve any problem

  1. 

    Few people drnwaig full jobless benefits from a good paying job will accept a $8 an hour job in food service — especially for 20-30 hours a week. Many employers in such areas seek part-time workers to avoid benefits costs and themselves later having to pay unemployment benefits. Libertarian Harry Browne used to say that “government doesn’t work.” But it DOES work. If govt pays people not to work, many won’t. And often these are making a reasonable choice — based on perhaps the false premise that their old jobs will be again soon be in high demand.

  2. 

    Toolmakers? Interesting choice of example. Most of the toolmakers I know are retired. One becomes a toolmaker through the ancient craft/guild method of a long apprenticeship under the guidance of a master of the craft. It is very high level on the job training.The first question to ask anyone looking to hire a toolmaker is, "How is your toolmaker apprenticeship program going?" The usual response is, "Huh? We can't afford that."So they become looters of other companys' toolmaker programs. Traditionally, those programs are at large unionized companies where the unions have promoted the craft apprenticeship programs. They are in decline. The looters are running out of places to loot.This is deja vu. The companies that fled the "rust belt" for sunny southern climes found they didn't have the industrial support system they took for granted. When they moved back North they found the toolmakers they left behind weren't waiting by the phone for them to call. They decried the toolmaker shortage like the kid who wants more toys but, won't admit that he is the one who broke the toys he had.

  3. 

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  4. 

    Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
    a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community
    in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.

    You have done a marvellous job!

  5. 

    I really appreciate this blog. I’m going to start brainstorming right away!

  6. 

    When I taught special education, we used brainstorming to generate classroom rules on the first day of school. Once all the laughter settled down, we were able to talk about how even the “crazy ideas” could be grouped together under single words or phrases. The goal was no more than 5 rules, although all my classes ended up with 7. The best part was that for the rest of the year there was no misunderstanding about what each word/phrase addressed. Brainstorming as a learning strategy works very well, just as in other areas of life.

  7. 

    You are so right! Creativity is essential to brainstorming– and also, we DO use it everyday. Nice work!

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