More than any other situation Change is about cooperation and collaboration. No matter if your company is in serious trouble or just wants to find a new way to line itself up – it always needs people to initiate, moderate, steer, coordinate and live that Change.
So what? The problem is that often people simply don´t know how to cooperate. Of course people cooperate on a daily base, but this is mostly routine, it´s like a form of vegetative state. Change causes different needs and different needs urges people to modify their behavior.
Over years I have collected several “Creativity Techniques” to support Cooperation between people – not only in times of Change. It is always better to be prepared than surprised…
What are Creativity Techniques?
Creativity techniques are heuristic methods to facilitate creativity in a person or a group of people. They are most often used in creative problem solving.
Generally, most creativity techniques use associations between the goal (or the problem), the current state (which may be an imperfect solution to the problem), and some stimulus (possibly selected randomly). There is an analogy between many creativity techniques and methods of evolutionary computation.
In problem-solving contexts, the random word creativity technique is perhaps the simplest such method. A person confronted with a problem is presented with a randomly generated word, in the hopes of a solution arising from any associations between the word and the problem. A random image, sound, or article can be used instead of a random word as a kind of creativity goad or provocation.
Flow Charts for Action Planning
Flow-Charts revolve around the decision phase they are therefore most appropriate for action planning scenarios where the chain of events is likely to change dynamically as it opens out, see the diagram below which shows the fundamental features of a flow-chart.
For illustration a typical application is in research planning diagrams for R&D projects. This is in sharp contrast to critical path diagrams, which have no decision nodes, and so presuppose a pre-planned sequence of events as in recurring, routine-based, situations like house building. There are, of course, many flow-charting and project planning software packages that can assist in constructing action planning flow charts, but simple charts can easily be done by hand (see above).