Solve problems creatively

Breaking old thinking patterns (part 1)

Break out of your fixed thinking patterns and unlock creative solutions using "subtraction" and "task unification"

For all professionals

Breaking old thinking patterns (part 1)
Why this topic matters

Creative problem solving is hard because human brains tend to get set in particular ways of thinking. But there are ways to force-break your those patterns and inspire novel ideas.

What participants will do together
  • Review how functional fixedness impedes creativity
  • Practice breaking functional fixedness using two techniques: subtraction and task unification
  • Apply these techniques to rapid-fire scenarios
  • Exchange feedback, reflections, and plans to apply it in real life
View 100+ other topics

Participant reflections

"I learned not to get hung up on "the way we always do things", and to think of new ways to operate."

"I now understand that to maximize creativity, you often need to think beyond what is right in front of you."

"I plan on using these techniques to come up with creative ways to expand my company's partnerships."

"I now see how fixed ways of thinking can limit our team from getting to the best solutions."

"This was a fun and immersive experience with coworkers—I love the mix of group and solo work. I am a fan!"

"This was a terrific combination of individual and group learning. The tech feels groundbreaking!"

"This is a way better experience than watching eye-numbing videos. I love it."

"I love that Sparkwise makes it possible to chat with colleagues in real time while solving interesting problems."





Learning meets Escape Room

Our patent-pending multiplayer technology is built for how adults learn best.

Real-time experiential learning in groups

Not another content library or Zoom lecture. Interactive challenges let people dive in, explore ideas, and get hands-on practice together.

Conversations that unite teams

Nurture your team’s connections. Sparkwise creates an informal space for people to share perspectives and grow closer together.

Built on real-world expertise

Make learning practical. Bite-sized lessons distill insights that leaders have gained from McKinsey, Google, Mobius, and more.

Designed for busy professionals

Make learning efficient. Sparkwise enables fast-paced practice in 1-hour bursts.

Insights that stick

See lasting impact. Sparkwise prompts your team to turn learning into action and gives you tips to support them.

Custom journey, at will

Tailor the session sequence for any team, anytime, at any scale. Sparkwise is a flexible and scalable way for you to invest in your people.

Get your team
started in no time

Pick topics

Choose what matches
your team's goals

Schedule sessions

Decide who, what & when

Watch your team thrive

See them level up &
get further coaching tips