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When solving problems, it is sometimes easy to dismiss new ideas straight away by worrying about lack of resources or lack of time. A new idea is usually very fragile and cannot stand much scrutiny. Thinking of limitations can seriously stop you from coming up with novel ideas as you may kill them off before they have a chance to prosper.
To avoid this, a useful technique is to artificially eliminate these resource limitations and instead freely think about the long-term benefits of a given idea.
Solve a problem while removing resource limitations. What would an idea lead to if you had plenty of time to consider it and progress it forward?
Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes
Activity: 5 min selecting the problem + 15 min brainstorming = 20 minutes
Group Feedback: 10 minutes
How did this long-term mentality help you approach a given problem? Does long-term thinking help you avoid short-term solutions which are usually driven by resource limitations? What are the long-term benefits of this kind of approach as opposed to short-termism?
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