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Individual Creativity Exercise

Lotus Blossom

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Brief description of creativity technique

Lotus Blossom is a creative and lateral thinking technique, it is a brainstorming tool for which a visual representation of an idea is used. The name of the technique is based on the image of the scheme used, evoking the lotus flower. Specifically, a board is created on which a central flower is drawn (My lotus blossom). In the centre of the flower is the problem and in the petals are the solutions, ideas and related concepts that come out from the creative group. Each petal then becomes the centre of a new flower for which the same creative process is carried out.

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Exercise for skills at the level of:

Individual

Leadership

Team

Organization

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Learning objectives of the exercise

Lotus Blossom technique helps to turn insights into concepts and solutions, making connections that often lead to useful ideas that had not been thought of before in a virtuous circle, leading to new solutions. It is unique in allowing the ideas produced to be linked together, explored in depth further and given equal importance to each.

It helps to link the different thinking processes of the students required for problem solving with brainstorming sessions working on an easy-to-use scheme, understandable even by those who did not participate in the brainstorming session.

In the implementation of this technique, it is not required to take action regarding any different levels of student competence.

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Skills developed/enhanced by the exercise

Adaptability

Communication

Collaboration

Curiosity

Initiative

Leadership

Problem-solving

Self-discipline

Tolerance of ambiguity, uncertainty and complexity

Others, please specify

Attentiveness

Confidence

Critical Thinking

Divergent thinking skills

Inventiveness

Negotiating skills

Resilience

Strategic thinking

Visualisation

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Duration

In person: the duration may vary depending on the case and the specific problem to be solved.

 

Online: same as in person

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How many people are needed?

A team of no more than five students with different mind-sets and thoughts. If there are more students, divide them into more teams.

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Materials required

In person: a sheet of paper to draw the scheme and stickers to write ideas in the petals or a collaborative diagramming tool (Mural, Realtime board, …)

Online: a collaborative diagramming tool (Mural, Realtime board, …)

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Instructions for conducting the exercise

Step 1. Facilitator writes a realistic problem in the center of the scheme

Step 2. Facilitator divides students into teams and instructs them to write 8 ideas related to the problem in the 8 circles surrounding the center

 

Step 3. Every team takes each idea and makes that the center of a scheme. Then, repeat the process all over again.

 

Step 4. Once all your schemes are filled in, every team has 64 ideas for that problem. For each idea every team ask himself the following:

  • Does it answer the initial problem?

  • Does it align with the project?

  • Does it align with the company vision?

 

Step 5. Every team examines and filters ideas according to priority. Could be used a SWOT analysis to assess the pros and cons of each solution or a value/effort matrix.

 

Step 6. Every team picks the top three ideas, as a final check, refer back to those three questions above, and make sure the answer is a resounding “yes”.

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Case study from desk research

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