Practical Tools and Wise Quotes on All Matters Creative

| Menu | Share | Search | Settings |



Creative tools > Challenge

When to use it | How to use it | Example | How it works | See also


When to use it

Use it to force yourself or other people out of a thinking rut.

Use it to test out ideas for validity.

Use it to challenge the problem or situation you are considering when initially defining the problem.



X          Long



X          Psychological



    X      Group


How to use it

Take a part of the problem

Select all or part of the problem domain that you are going to challenge. Perhaps it is something that has been particularly difficult to be creative around.

Challenge it in some way

Find something to challenge and question it deeply. You can challenge many things, including:

  • Concepts - and broad ideas
  • Assumptions - and beliefs that are not questioned
  • Compromises - that you assume must happen
  • Boundaries - across which you do not yet cross
  • Operations - and processes whereby things get done
  • 'Impossible' - things that are assumed cannot happen
  • 'Can't be done' - things that are assumed cannot be done
  • 'Essentials' - things that you assume cannot be disposed of
  • Either-or thinking - replacing with 'and' thinking
  • Sacred cows - that cannot be challenged
  • Patterns - of behavior, visuality, etc.
  • Functions - the way things work
  • Paradigms - that guide thinking (and not thinking)
  • Dominant ideas - that guide thinking
  • Polarising tendencies - that push people to extremes


I want to help get people out of a shop when there is a fire.

Challenging boundaries: break the front window and all walk out together.

Challenging sacred cows: put them in the safe with the money.

Challenging either-or: Use them to put out the fire.

How it works

One way in which we deal with the complexity of the world is to make assumptions about many things. Our pattern-matching ability is a great help in allowing us to take short-cuts but it often ends up in us not noticing many things. If we do not take deliberate and conscious action, our subconscious will let many assumptions pass by unnoticed.

See also

Assumption Busting, Provocation, Questioning


Site Menu

| Home | Top | Settings |

| Tools: | All | Definition | Ideation | Selection | Implementation |

| Full Book! | Articles | Quotes | Quoters | Links | Settings |

| Contact | About | Students | Feedback | Changes |

| Settings: | Computer layout | Mobile layout | Small font | Medium font | Large font | Translate |


And here's our book:

How to Invent (Almost) Anything
Now FREE Online

Order in the UK
Order in the USA
Order in Canada


Please help and share:

| Home | Top | Menu |

© Changing Minds 2002-2015
Massive Content -- Maximum Speed