Several years ago, I wrote an article titled, 4 Steps to Developing a Solution Orientation, for the Huffington Post. This past week, I received an email from someone that works with students at the University of Delaware that asked if I could share some examples of activities that correspond to the steps outlined in my article. Here are three that I shared with my new friend who is passionate about helping students focus less on their problems or obstacles and instead, focus their time and energy on adopting a positive attitude, balancing the little details and big picture and sparking more creative ideas.
1) Growth Mindset Toolkit – This toolkit is full of great resources and activities to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. It has unique content developed for teachers, parents and mentors (this section I use a ton – it was developed in partnership with MENTOR). I especially like the strategy box exercise and use this a lot in training sessions that I facilitate with both youth and adults.
2) Zoom which is a Hungarian children’s book developed by Istvan Banyai. I often use this to illustrate the importance of zooming in and out of any situation, breaking it down to understand the details while also balancing a look at the big picture.
3) 30 Circles is a great activity from Ideo. It helps illustrate the importance of brainstorming lots and lots of ideas, moving beyond the ordinary to find the truly unique and game-changing, differentiating ideas. There are two additional brainstorming / creativity activities included in this Harvard Business Review article as well.
Let me know what other solution orientation building activities you have used and find helpful.