Pastor Jeff Sharp

We continually went around the same mountain that we had been around for years. We needed a different outlook that can only be seen from a differing point of view. Nicole Colter walked us through the process of realizing that that differing point of view was already in us and we didn’t need someone from outside the organization to give it to us. We just needed Nicole to creativ...
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Michelle Jacobik

Nicole’s passion for reaching farther than most can see and her natural way of leading and encouraging is truly a gift. On July 7th 2015, I was invited to sit in on a group facilitation led by Nicole. Our session was 2 hours and she led a group of nine individuals from different age groups (ages 17-47) and social demographics, through a very thorough process of problem solvi...
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Christine Stedford

I’m so excited about what you’ve been teaching me about problem solving! After attending two of your large group sessions for our church, and one smaller session, I feel like I’ve learned so much. Being a worship leader and choir director, I lead about twenty-five people, and will be using your problem solving tools to assist in both groups. Plus I’m using it at home. I love ho...
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Grades are for Eggs, not Children

We are three-quarters of the way through the school year and the full spectrum of parental emotions is most definitely surging at this point.  If you are about to launch your child into college and life, you are in the senior stretch - praying they don’t self-implode a few strides short of the finish line; you can’t quite breathe easy yet, can you? If your child typically do...
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Sanity Saver # 2 – In and Out Notetaking

Ever heard of "in and out thinking?"  Maybe not, but I can guarantee you have experienced it. The American Psychological Association studied what people did during a seminar, speech or workshop.  Their findings may be surprising to you.  According to the research findings, at any given moment, here's what was on their minds: 18% are really listening to the presenter 25...
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My Toolkit

Sometimes all we need to see and solve a problem, is to get another perspective.  My toolkit is chock-full-o-tricks-of-the-trade designed to spark innovative thinking.  No two sessions are alike because tools are specifically chosen and adapted to meet the needs of the client. These photos include just a few of the things that I bring along. The most effective "tool"...
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Thank You

Thank you for your interest in my Do-it-Yourself Creative Problem Solving tool.  You should have already received the email containing the link with the document. You will also get added to my email list and receive future updates.  I hope you enjoy the resources I provide.
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Rules for Convergent Thinking

Once you have a bunch of ideas from your divergent thinking, you have to start to make choices using convergent thinking. Convergent thinking ensures change is not reckless.  It seeks to find the best answer to the problem by screening (filtering-keeping some, discarding others), sorting (categorizing and grouping), prioritizing (ranking), supporting (examining positive attribu...
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Rules for Divergent Thinking

Throughout the Creative Problem Solving process, you alternate between divergent thinking and convergent thinking.  Divergent thinking aims at producing a large amount and wide variety of unique, even off-the-wall ideas.  This is not the time to think about whether the ideas are correct or even workable.  It is the ability to “take an idea and spin out elaborate variants” rathe...
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Karina Loera

Nicole is a trustworthy, empathic and strategic facilitator. She helped me to identify the steps and to build a plan for my goal. Thanks to her now I have already started to build my dream. I was experiencing a hard time figuring out how to start to practice teaching. Nicole helped me to identify what was my real concern. She planned a CPS facilitation session based on each ...
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