A popular activity to improve problem solving skills, Seeing the Point also helps develop creative and innovative thinking skills. Ideally used as an introductory activity for problem solving and creative thinking, or to reinforce key learning points. The initial problem posed is challenging to solve in its own right but further challenges presented to participants then require a different set of thinking skills to develop a successful solution.
Created by US team building expert and author Dr. Jim Cain, it is an excellent 10 to 30-minute activity for use in innovative thinking or improving problem solving skills workshops and can be used in large group conference situations. It brings to life a common problem facing many teams: ‘I’m repeatedly being asked to do more with less, and it can’t be done!'
Many customers also use it as an excellent metaphor for the team and organisational strengths that diversity and inclusion can bring.
Improving problem solving skills
Developing creativity and innovation skills
To explore thinking skills that enable learners to break old patterns and establish new ones
To experience the differences between incremental, sequential problem solving, and ‘breakthrough thinking’ approaches
To explore the nature of ‘limiting beliefs’ and their potential to reduce the effectiveness of creative and innovative thinking processes
A practical demonstration and explanation ‘synergy’ - doing more with less
Change management by thinking 'outside the box'
Seeing The Point is an excellent activity to improve problem solving skills. It is a great tool to use as an introduction to training in creative and innovative thinking and an interesting and engaging way of introducing the concept of ‘alignment’ and synergy'. The solution to the puzzle is a visual representation of ‘doing more with less’.
It is a challenging way of encouraging learners to look at things in a different way: seeing beyond the obvious problem and the solutions they expect to work.
The activity duration can be from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the stages and intermediate reviews chosen by the facilitator. It is a metaphor for a problem faced by many teams: ‘How do we continue to improve performance based on the resources we have?’
In this puzzle, each individual or small team has 7 pieces and is simply asked to create a number of shapes using the components supplied. Getting that last shape is where the real creative thought is required - getting resources aligned and making more of what is available than first appears!
As four sets of materials are supplied, the activity can progress from four groups working independently, to four groups working together. When done this way the single larger group working together achieves more than the four groups can do independently.
This is an ideal activity to ‘pair’ with the RSVP Design ‘Challenging Assumptions’ puzzle as a way of reinforcing learning or offering an alternative challenge to a group to achieve a solution quickly.
The activity can also be used to highlight the value of seeing things from new perspectives (to create a metaphor of the positive aspects of diversity - when all colours are mixed together they can create more than when the colours are separated!).
4 x 7-piece puzzles (1 x Red, 1 x Green, 1 x Blue, 1 x Black), Facilitator guidelines
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