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Jul 12, 2018

Leaders face challenges and problems, and part of our role is helping our team to learn how to creatively solve those challenges. Today we’re exploring creative thinking and its role in helping us with our role of problem-solving.

Hurdles to overcome

  1. Being too familiar
  2. Having the right answer
  3. Being practical
  4. "I'm not creative"

Roger von Oech's four roles

  • Explorer
  • Artist
  • Judge
  • Warrior

The takeaway
Creative thinking is a process and a habit. We aren’t born creative—just like a muscle, we strengthen our creativity through exercise and strain. Think about areas in your business and life where you face the hurdles to creativity and how you can bring in the explorer, artist, judge and warrior to solving problems in new ways.

Thank you for joining me for this episode of Modern Farm Business™ podcast. This is our one year anniversary of the program, and if you’re a new listener I encourage you to scroll back through our library at previous episodes. The topics we cover and guests we have are timeless and valuable no matter when you listen to them.

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