101 Activities for Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 11, 2008 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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Employees who possess problem-solving skills are highly valued in today?s competitive business environment. The question is how can employees learn to deal in innovative ways with new data, methods, people, and technologies? In this groundbreaking book, Arthur VanGundy -- a pioneer in the field of idea generation and problem solving -- has compiled 101 group activities that combine to make a unique resource for trainers, facilitators, and human resource professionals. The book is filled with idea-generation activities that simultaneously teach the underlying problem-solving and creativity techniques involved. Each of the book?s 101 engaging and thought-provoking activities includes facilitator notes and advice on when and how to use the activity. Using 101 Activities for Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving will give you the information and tools you need to:
  • Generate creative ideas to solve problems.
  • Avoid patterned and negative thinking.
  • Engage in activities that are guaranteed to spark ideas.
  • Use proven techniques for brainstorming with groups.

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I'm honored that Arthur VanGundy included my Rolestorming technique in several of his books. He found the original article in Training Magazine (1985) and masterfully described how we used it in the early days of Silicon Valley innovation and creativity. My new book on Rolestorming comes out in 2016. Rick Griggs 

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Very nice book.

Contents

Activity Selection Guide
32
Individual and Group Activities
37
Group Only Activities
245
References
389
About the Author
391
Pfeiffer Publications Guide
393
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Arthur VanGundy is professor of communication at the University of Oklahoma and founder of AllStarMinds.com, a global "e-storming" and brainstorming retreat firm. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books including 101 Great Games & Activities and Orchestrating Collaboration at Work (both from Pfeiffer) and has been interviewed for numerous publications including BusinessWeek, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times, Science Digest, Inc., Success, and US News and World Report, and has facilitated training sessions for such organizations as Hershey Foods, S.C. Johnson, Xerox, McNeil Consumer Products, Motorola, Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, and the Singapore government.

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