Solve problems creatively

Expansionary & contractionary thinking

Use two contrasting modes of thinking to be both creative and practical in problem solving

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Expansionary & contractionary thinking
Why this topic matters

Great problem solvers deliberately switch how they think in different phases of problem solving to promote both creativity and practicality.

What participants will do together
  • Apply expansionary and contractionary modes of thinking to one business scenario
  • Evaluate how you might use these modes in your own role
  • Exchange feedback, reflections, and plans to apply it in real life
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Participant reflections

"I will use expansionary thinking in team brainstorm sessions to generate a lot of creative ideas."

"It's important to think both big and small when brainstorming and solving big problems."

"In my next project, I will start with the big picture and then narrow down the details."

"I will use these modes of thinking to broaden my understanding of the problems my team is facing."

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"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."

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