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Exercises

1: Decisions made collectively are of a higher quality than decisions made individually. True or False?
2: Teams absorbed in the open discussion stage of divergent thinking will not automatically move into convergent thinking. True or False?
3: List as many uses for pens as you can.

What type of thinking did you use to think of the uses for pens?

4: Think of a current job-related problem or concern and write it on a blank sheet of paper. Pass the paper to the person on your right. Read the problem that is passed to you, think of a possible solution, and write it down on the paper with the problem. Next, pass that paper to the person on your right. Continue this process till you get your paper back.

Did anyone give new and innovative solutions of your problem?

What lesson does this teach us about reaching out to others for assistance?

5: The instructor will draw a pattern of nine dots on the whiteboard. Copy the pattern on a blank sheet of paper. Next, try to connect the nine dots by drawing only four straight lines without lifting your pencil or retracing a line.

Can you think of other ways to connect the dots in even fewer strokes? Don’t be afraid to think divergently.

Why do you think some people have trouble solving this puzzle?

What is the key to solving the puzzle?




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