Here's a little exercise that I have developed to help people solve problems. I call it "Sentenced to Death." This exercise is ideal for people who work alone or who need to brainstorm alone. If group brainstorming is like the Friday night poker game, this is more like "Conceptual Solitaire™." It's simple. Try it now. Take a few minutes to complete this exercise, using a problem you are currently facing, before reading further. Use the worksheet on the next page.
Step 1. Choose an issue to brainstorm solo. Preferably it is an issue you're currently facing, something that may have popped up this week or something you've been facing for years without a solution.
Step 2. Write your problem on the top line of this worksheet. I suggest trying to get the problem down to 8 to 12 words. I also suggest the first sentence be a question.
Step 3. On the second line write a second sentence that incorporates a key word or phrase from your first sentence. (The second sentence doesn't have to be a question.)
Step 4 and on. Continue to rephrase the statement on each successive line, incorporating a new key word or phrase from each preceding sentence into the sentence immediately following.
Sentenced to Death Worksheet
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