Creative Problem Solving

Improve Your Creative Thinking

At Stage 5 you were given some suggestions on creative problem solving and creative thinking. Here is more help based on Norman W. Edmund’s 55 years of interest in creativity.

Be a Perpetual Innovator - Seek Out Ideas Old or New

Be someone who seeks out, adapts, and implements ideas - old or new. Actively look for ideas by reading, skipping, skimming through many periodicals, books, reports, catalogs, the internet, etc. Also:

  • Experiment
  • Build and search files
  • Travel
  • Brainstorming
  • Have discussions
  • Sense felt needs
  • Attend conferences and exhibits
  • Use computer idea programs
  • Browse through stores, etc.

Change Your Behavior & Self-image

Be progressive, develop necessary attributes and motivation. Develop a love for new ideas, new creative thinking, new things, new ways, new technologies, new systems. Put your ideas in writing.

Take Action!

Have the courage and self-confidence to be an innovator. Dare to be different! Failure will occur - but we learn from our mistakes. Emotions can aid creativity - control stress. Be persistent.

Welcome the Change & Challenge of Creative Problem Solving

Be open-minded and flexible in your creative thinking.

Apply Ideas

Apply ideas to every facet of your life - your personal affairs, career, school, business - everywhere. Always ask, “In what alternative and better ways can it be done?” Generate innovative and creative solutions, ideas, concepts, and theories. Develop a sense of humor. Be sensitive to opportunities. Use checklists.

Study Innovation, Change, & Creativity

Study innovation, change, and creativity as well as how to win idea acceptance. Educate yourself. Take any courses available. Develop a passion for your problem. Learn to be a good team member, leader, and perpetual innovator.

Be Curious & Observant

Develop a spirit of inquiry. This is the way to originate problems. Practice using the complete method of creative problem solving. Avoid constraints on your thinking. Spot key factors.

Ask What, Why, Which, Where, When, Who, How, If

Constantly reflect on all aspects of your problems. Don’t prejudge ideas too soon. Don’t let your ego stop you from saying, “I goofed.”

Develop Your Reflective Thinking Ability & Creative Thinking Skills

Daydream about your problem. Jump back and forth among logical, critical, judicial, imaginative, and wild thinking. Improve your creative problem solving through study and practice.

Build Your Knowledge & Intuition Base

Build your knowledge and intuition base through reading and other activities. Keep neat files. Learn how to research, to visualize, and to use rest illumination.

Use Triggers

With a loaded mind, use triggers to stimulate ideas, insight, and illumination. Utilize activities listed above to trigger your storehouse of memories.

Lots of Information & Books on Creative Problem Solving

The Creative Education Foundation ( has specialized offerings of material on creative thinking, creative problem solving, and problem solving activities. They have been offering seminars about these subjects for more than 50 years.