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Gerard Puccio

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The Creative Person - Practice and Passion
Episode 1 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
What, exactly, is creativity? Take a closer look at what makes a creative person in this introductory lecture that explores ancient ideas about creativity (including the muses of the ancient Greeks); debunks common myths about the sources of creativity; and…
Lateral Thinking Is a Survival Skill
Episode 2 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
First, investigate the evolutionary history of creativity in human beings and the fascinating paradox of conformity and creativity - both essential to the survival and development of our species. Then, learn about how modern education approaches creativity in our youth,…
Creative Styles - Adaptors and Innovators
Episode 3 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Using examples of real-life creative icons, investigate two major "styles" of creativity exemplified by Norman Rockwell and Pablo Picasso. The first: adaptors, who are precise, reliable, and detail oriented. The second: innovators, who approach problems from novel angles. Where do…
Principles for Unleashing Your Imagination
Episode 5 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
There are times when we all want (or need) to be creative on demand. And with the right approach, it's possible. Here, use Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway as a lens through which to explore four key principles of creativity…
Combining Opposites - Diverge, Then Converge
Episode 4 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Focus now on the nature of creative thinking itself, with a look at divergent thinking (which involves intuition and associative thought) and convergent thinking (which selects and develops the most promising ideas). Along the way, you'll learn skills for balancing…
Stages of the Creative Process - and You
Episode 7 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Learn explicitly about creative problem solving, a research-based process that can help close the gap between what you have and what you want. There are four stages: clarify (identifying the challenge), ideate (generating tentative solutions), develop (turning good ideas into…
Principles for Converging on the Best Ideas
Episode 6 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
What mindset and attitude do you need to decide which of your ideas to pursue? Professor Puccio reveals the four key principles you need for success: practicing affirmative judgment, keeping novelty alive, checking your objectives to make sure they meet…
Clarifying the Challenge
Episode 8 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
This lecture focuses on the clarification step of creative problem solving, in which you identify your goal, gather data, and formulate your challenge. Professor Puccio shows you how to use a variety of helpful tools, including finding out the "who,…
Living a Creative Life
Episode 24 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Finish the course with a capstone look at how one can live creatively as well as think creatively. Some of the inspirational principles of a creative life that you'll look at include reclaiming your creativity, going big or going home,…
Systemic Tools to Generate New Ideas
Episode 13 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Attribute listing, which makes small variations to an idea. Morphological matrix, which combines two attributes to create new outcomes. SCAMPER, a mnemonic for idea-spurring questions (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate, and Rearrange). Put these fascinating idea-generation…
Prototypes - How Designers Test Ideas
Episode 15 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Continue to spur your creative development - this time from the perspective of a designer. You'll learn the principles of the design-thinking process (including reframing, ideating, and user understanding); explore the benefits of foresight scenarios, prototyping, and solution enactments; and…
Evaluating Creative Solutions and Making Decisions
Episode 16 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Creative work involves many difficult decisions. Improve the way you make creative development decisions with the use of several advanced tools that make this natural process more formal and systematic: the seven-step evaluation matrix, solution mapping, targeting, and more.
Tools for Enhanced Brainstorming
Episode 11 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Get three more advanced tools to help you generate bold, creative ideas. The first is reverse brainstorming, a variation that helps shake things up. The second is forced relationships, which facilitate associative thought and recharge thinking. The third is visually…
Classic Brainstorming and Brainwriting
Episode 10 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Learn how to brainstorm the right way. Explore the three roles in a classic brainstorming session (the facilitator, client, and resource group members) and try your hand at brainwriting, a variation on brainstorming that involves silent cross-ideation - all while…
Borrowing and Modifying Ideas
Episode 12 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
True creators don't work in isolation. Instead, they often borrow from or modify the ideas of their predecessors. Here, learn how to incorporate solutions from other people (as well as nature) into your specific challenge with the power of tools…
Developing Ideas - Toward Great Solutions
Episode 14 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
How can you best transform a broad idea into a workable solution that resolves your challenge? Find out ways to make development even more efficient. The main focus in this lecture: the POINT tool, an acronym for a smart, flexible…
Creative Leadership - Regardless of Title
Episode 22 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Today's complex world demands more creative leaders. First, explore how evolving theories of leadership have started to embrace the importance of creativity. Then, look at why leadership itself is so crucial to the creative process. Finally, discover how creative problem…
Clarify Even More - Webbing and Storyboarding
Episode 9 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Continue learning about clarification with a closer look at some more advanced tools to add to your toolkit. One is webbing, which leverages two probing questions to broaden your perspective and think in abstract terms. The other is storyboarding, a…
Overcoming Blocks and Barriers
Episode 23 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
There are many internal and external barriers out there that can inhibit us from effective creative thinking. But you don't have to let these physical and perceptual blocks and habits deter you. Instead, learn how to beat them back with…
Lifting the Emotional Lid on Creativity
Episode 20 of The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
To maximize the power of creative thinking, you need the right emotional mindset. Professor Puccio offers you tips for doing so by investigating emotional intelligence, revealing the dangers of emotional hijacking, and stressing the importance of reflecting and redirecting to…