Podcast Episode

How Wearing a Dinner mat on Your Head Leads to Solving Problems in Business – Diamond Mentor Moment – Genein Letford, M.Ed

August 8, 2021

How is using an item in alternative ways a foundational method of thinking for problem solving in business? Genein explains the concept of functional fixedness and how it limits the creativity and innovation within teams.

Learn about functional agility, this innate skill we were all born with, which is needed to discover new solutions to old – and new – problems.


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Here are the research links:
Immunity to functional fixedness in young children

Innovation Relies on the Obscure: A Key to Overcoming the Classic Problem of Functional Fixedness

The mission of CAFFE Strategies is to equip organizations with strategies of Intercultural Creativity that supports their DE&I goals. Intercultural Creativity is a unique type of training that develops intercultural competence (which is needed for inclusion and belonging) primarily using creative thinking strategies and cognitive processes.

In addition to utilizing our 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity methodology, the other creative thinking strategies used in our trainings include divergent thinking, reframing, un-obvious associations, combinatory thinking, metaphorical processing, transformation ideation, and imagination development, to develop intercultural competence, self awareness, cultural-awareness and creative thinking.


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