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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Creative Person - Practice and Passion
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…
Episode 2 Lateral Thinking Is a Survival Skill
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,…
Episode 3 Creative Styles - Adaptors and Innovators
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…
Episode 4 Combining Opposites - Diverge, Then Converge
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…
Episode 5 Principles for Unleashing Your Imagination
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…
Episode 6 Principles for Converging on the Best Ideas
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…
Episode 7 Stages of the Creative Process - and You
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…
Episode 8 Clarifying the Challenge
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…
Episode 9 Clarify Even More - Webbing and Storyboarding
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…
Episode 10 Classic Brainstorming and Brainwriting
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…
Episode 11 Tools for Enhanced Brainstorming
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…
Episode 12 Borrowing and Modifying Ideas
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…
Episode 13 Systemic Tools to Generate New Ideas
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…
Episode 14 Developing Ideas - Toward Great Solutions
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…
Episode 15 Prototypes - How Designers Test Ideas
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…
Episode 16 Evaluating Creative Solutions and Making Decisions
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:…
Episode 17 Giving Ideas Legs - Implementation Planning
What's so creative about implementing your idea? Find out here, as Professor Puccio shares strategies and techniques for moving your solution forward, including using a How-How Diagram to drill down…
Episode 18 Persuasion and the Selling of New Ideas
Assistors and Resistors - a tool that uses contextual thinking to put yourself into the future so that you can examine the forces that will influence the creation and execution…
Episode 19 Tools for Bringing It All Together
Now that you've learned the steps of the creative-thinking process, learn how to arrange everything in your toolkit using metacognition and several "metaprocess" skills. You'll see these tools in action…
Episode 20 Lifting the Emotional Lid on Creativity
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…
Episode 21 The Environment - Physical and Psychological
Are you in the right environment to maximize your creativity? What do we mean by creating the right physical and psychological climate? How can sound, light, and time of day…
Episode 22 Creative Leadership - Regardless of Title
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…
Episode 23 Overcoming Blocks and Barriers
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…
Episode 24 Living a Creative Life
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…

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