Discussion: Shared Practice: Convergent and Divergent Thinking
To get a great idea, come up with lots of them.
Have you ever found yourself faced with a substantial challenge and realized that you had no idea how to begin addressing the problem? Many people, when they want to overcome a difficulty or problem, wait for “inspiration to strike.” As you’ve learned in this course, however, being creative is not a process of passively waiting for inspiration to strike you, but rather a systematic process requiring active thought and effort.
In the Resources this week you will explore how to actively generate ideas, refine those ideas, and address problems and challenges. For this Shared Practice, you will practice divergent and convergent thinking to solve a challenge facing you.
Select one problem, either in your personal or professional life, that you currently have ownership of and motivation to solve. Practice divergent thinking by generating a list of possible solutions or approaches to your problem. Then, practice convergent thinking and select the solution that you think holds the most promise. Be sure to justify your selection. Read “The Paradox of Samsung’s Rise” and consider how Samsung integrated the cultures of employees from all over the globe in order to stimulate creativity and innovation. Consider the influences of culture on this type of thinking and creativity in general.
Post by Day 3, post the following:
A brief description of the problem along with your list of solutions, the solution you selected, and the justification for your selection.
Next, describe the experience of using divergent thinking and convergent thinking. If you had not approached the problem using divergent and convergent practices in a systematic way, would you have arrived at the same solution? Explain why or why not.
Finally, explain any aspects of culture that could either inhibit or support this creative process.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ postings.
Respond by Day 5, to two of your colleagues in one or more of the following ways:
Compare the experiences your colleagues shared regarding divergent-thinking and convergent-thinking processes and how culture influenced them.
Share an insight you gained from a colleague’s post and offer ways you and your colleagues can systematically apply divergent- and convergent-thinking processes to your work environment and management strategies.
Offer an alternative viewpoint about the solution your colleague selected and provide a rationale.
Offer an additional solution specific to each colleague’s problem that your colleague may not have thought about and explain the process you used to come up with your suggested solution.