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Lesson Plan

  • Socratic Discussion of traits needed—10 minutes
  • Present the steps of Creative Problem Solving
    • Work through with students
    • Do several examples so they get used to the process
    • Don’t belabor the actual problem--emphasize instead the STEPS so see the importance of following the steps sequentially. It often helps to use “made up” simple problems so the attention goes to getting the steps mastered.

1. Define the Problem:

Write it! Refine & re-write it. Emotional conviction. WHO decides what the real problem is? (the people who said they had a problem) Get it right— be thorough. Ex: some people getting sick when drink milk. Is the problem “milk made people Sick” or is it “people drank milk!?”

Depends on point of view. Make sure you are clear on what is the problem! Have a group leader to make sure all get to talk and keep the group on track. One or more over nights may help— let sub conscious work on it.

Are you working with Symptom or Cause?

2. Criteria for Evaluating the Solution:

Ex: “It must be practical, timely, acceptable, affordable.” Figure this out before you look for a solution. Figure this out BEFORE you look for a solution.

3. Brain Storm for Solutions:

Be light about this, not heavy. No criticism! (it stifles creativity) rapidly write each one down. Later they can be discussed—but no discussion now.

Let creativity flow!

4. Discuss the Possible Solutions, until consensus develops:

Discuss it. Have a group leader to make sure all get to talk and keep the group on track.
Does it meet the criteria earlier established?

5. State the Solution in Writing:

Write it, edit it, until there is agreement that the solutions are good.

6. Develop Implementation Plan & Assign & Clarify Roles

What are the likely steps to activating the solution? List them!
WHO will do what?

7. Develop a Plan for Monitoring the Implementation & created timeline.



  • Tell us one trait needed for entrepreneurial success and WHY it is important— limit to 20 words.

  • List 3 steps in the Problem Solving process and explain each— limit 20 words per step.

*assigned at the end of the weekend.