Bodystorming and Problem Solving

 

In my own consulting and mentoring work I often have to apply game based thinking to scenarios where I know that irrational behavior is likely to influence certain scenarios.  Bodystorming is technique of physically experiencing a situation to derive new ideas. It requires setting up an experience – complete with necessary artifacts and people – and physically “testing” it. Bodystorming can also include physically changing your space during ideation. I have found this approach works best in a group and optimally in a group familiar with the concept of collaborative intelligence. What you’re focused on here is the way you interact with your environment and the choices you make while in it. Think of bodystorming as a physical form brainstorming. Instead of just describing ideas and talking about them, they are acted out in a physical manner. Depending on the group you’re with, it can be a lot of fun to do, and the different mindset can help in discovering insights you wouldn’t easily find in another way.

 

When done effectively Bodystorming can smooth out the rough edges of a a scenario. It simulates the touch points (contact between payers in a game)  and interactions in actually performing the strategic processes. It animates scenarios so that teams can uncover potential problems and reveal hidden assumptions embedded in the a planned strategy. There are at least four bodystorming techniques documented for different purposes and different stages of strategy development and engagement within the approach.
A bodystorm session might be structured in the following way.

  1. We begin with a “design problem”. A challenge, obstacle or other problems for which a solution is required.
  2. Participants break into small groups to improvise solutions. Post-it notes and pieces of paper serve as stand-ins for any impromptu roles (“angry customer”, “friend under duress”, “a sick patient” etc.) as well as actual solutions. Participants then re-enact their improvised solutions for the other teams, using the post-it notes and paper props.

 

 

 

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Lewis Harrison is a writer, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

 

Known as the RealUGuru. He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.  Including the business books.

 

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Don’t forget to tune into my Radio show today at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

 

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

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http://www.RealUGuru.com – Books, Blogs, Articles and Coaching

 

 

You can find them here:

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In addition Lewis is a  seminar leader, futurist, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of a web site – http://www.RealUGuru.com  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

His company www.eventschairmassage.com offers Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States through www.NoStressSpeaker.com.

 

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Success Through Patience and Persistance

 Monday is the day when I write a blog about some extraordinary person. As you may know one of my daily “spiritual exercises” is to explore the lives of those who have changed the world through their sense of vision and their willingness to transcend extreme obstacles. I usually research three people per day; one in the morning, the afternoon and late in the evening just before I finish writing and mentoring my students for the day and go off to meditate.

Today I’m writing about Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger.

Though I do not watch football, everyone in my small town seems to and without much struggle I can link Joseph Campbell’s idea of the hero to Rudy.

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Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger.grew up in Joliet, Illinois dreaming of playing college football at the University of Notre Dame. Though he achieved some success with his local high school team (Joliet Catholic), he lacked the grades and money necessary to attend Notre Dame, as well as the talent and physical stature to play football for a any major intercollegiate program. The thing that he did have was patience and persistance. In the end he fulfilled his dream.

 

The limitations of human potential are unknown and yet when it comes to thinking creatively and innovatively we are our own worst enemies.

Often is a lack of patience that creates obstacles to our creativity and innovative thinking.  The value of persistence should never be underestimated. Often we have epiphanies, intuitions and “out of the box” ideas which we unfortunately ignore or discard.  It  is often these very ideas that might bring us the solutions to future creative challenges. The difference between success and failure is not the potential at hand but the lost potential from impatience and an unwillingness to persist in spite of perceived challenges.

Multiple studies have shown that with patience and persistence creative thinkers could generate many more ideas for problem solving than they had estimated themselves.

This is a pattern that exists not just among geniuses and visionaries. It could be  used  to help a charitable organization increase donations; to help professional comedians generate  punch lines for a sketch comedy scene and help copywriters generate advertising slogans for a product.

Though many of us seek instant gratification it may be more important to hold off on experiencing that gratification if one wishes to maximize creativity and innovative thinking. Concerning the creative process, studies have shown that ideas generated while being persistent even when doing so was not comfortable tended to be more creative than ideas generated initially. Not only did participants underestimate their ability to generate powerful ideas while persisting, they underestimated their ability to generate highly creative ideas at all.

It is easy to understand why we so often underestimate the benefits of persistence.  It’s because creative challenges feel difficult. Often we feel stuck, a bit out of control, unsure, and even frustrated as we seek a solution. We think we might have the right idea, find it doesn’t work, get frustrated and think about quitting…yet we persist.

“Am I even getting anywhere” we ask ourselves.

Many of the great inventors have said “Creative ideas take time.”

Here are the steps within a basic process for developing the most creative and innovative ideas.

  1. There is an initial period of thinking deeply about problem,
  2. Different ways to frame the problem are considered,
  3. Different possible solution paths are considered.
  4. The best is chosen

 

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This process has its limitations in thinking creatively in solving complex and extreme problem. Here additional steps must be taken to get the best solution

  1. A “master mind group” is formed of other experts who bring a wide range of ideas into the process.
  2. Through Collective and Collaborative Intelligence the most creative and innovative solutions are isolated
  3. Through Design Thinking*, the best solutions are drawn from these; “the best” meaning the most effective.

Here is a film about Rudy’s journey.

 

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

   

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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE

 

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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on  personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

 

based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

 

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

 

 

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

 

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He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

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Game Theory, Tech Culture and Political Science

I was speaking to a few technology experts this week at conference I was attending on computer  technology and stress.

I asked a few of the attendees what they thought of the present presidential campaign in the USA and they all pretty much shrugged their shoulders.

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After speaking to them further to became clear to me that though technology experts have taken over pop culture there’s one area they haven’t mastered,  politics.

It seems as if much of what happens in politics seems to be completely disconnected from the web-media demands for speed, volume, and topicality.

In my work as a leadership coach, content rich motivational speaker and trainer on game based thinking it has always amused me how the most brilliant leaders, software designers, and computer scientists are ignorant of the basic concepts of political science. 

To understand politics one must begin with generally accepted facts, and the ability to discard assumptions. This requires that one give up political labels such as progressive liberal, tea party, conservative or libertarian.  Then one must have a knowledge of games that allows one to contextualize new political information.

This is a highly politicized issue, but my blog post here has no political agenda. I’m not political because nothing could ever possibly be more annoying than American politics. I think both parties have good points, both also have a bunch of dumb people saying dumb things, and I want nothing to do with it. So I approached this post—like I try to with every post—from a standpoint of rationality and what I think makes sense.

Techies often have a distaste for government and politics which often motivates them to define themselves as  ideological libertarians. When pressed to define what this “libertarian ideal” is they are unable to respond.

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

 

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“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

 

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Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

 

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE

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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on  personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

 

based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

 

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

 

 

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”.

 

His company www.eventsChairMassage.com offers chair massage services to meeting planners, event planners and incentive travel programs.  Massage groups in his massage network offer services in all areas of the United States including: Chair Massage Chicago – Trade Show Massage Washington D.C. – Stress Master Massage Las Vegas – Castro District Corporate Massage San Francisco – Los Angeles Stress management Massage – and The Javits Center Chair Massage Company – Capital Chair Massage Albany NY

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

 

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Here is a video of Bob Dylan singing about politics.

Leadership and Deconstructing Sun Tzu

 

One can take many different approaches to complex problem solving and I am not willing to say that one approach is superior to another.

I was drawn to Sun Tzu because I have had a fascination with various Asian cultures since I was a teenager and have studied meditation, martial arts and Eastern Philosophy since I was a teenager

There are certain principles in Sun Tzu’s Art  of  War  that  are  generally  accepted by most skilled strategists, and are in alignment with my studies in Applied game Theory and Gamification. Any ordinary individual can use these ideas to be successful in competitive environments.
Many experts on Sun Tzu accept that there are ten key points that can be used in most competitive situations whether in business, war or everyday human relations. I have reinterpreted them a bit and added my own spin to using the concept of teams or groups to replace Sun Tzu’s concept of armies.

One can take many different approaches to complex problem solving and I am not willing to say that one approach is superior to another.

I was drawn to Sun Tzu because I have had a fascination with various Asian cultures since I was a teenager and have studied meditation, martial arts and Eastern Philosophy since I was a teenager

There are certain principles in Sun Tzu’s Art  of  War  that  are  generally  accepted by most skilled strategists, and are in alignment with my studies in Applied game Theory and Gamification. Any ordinary individual can use these ideas to be successful in competitive environments.
Many experts on Sun Tzu accept that there are ten key points that can be used in most competitive situations whether in business, war or everyday human relations. I have reinterpreted them a bit and added my own spin to using the concept of teams or groups to replace Sun Tzu’s concept of armies

  1. Goals

A strategist must have a goal and the means for assessing and comparing key factors. Here             Sun Tzu focuses on the following five fundamental factor.

(a)  The end result you seeking.

(b)  The climate – specifically the weather and the seasons.

(c)  The physical environment you are competing in specifically the terrain, leadership, and the                 managing and utilization of resources.  Before anything else can take place the effective                   strategist  must  assess  and  compare  these key points. Any deviation from this is                            guaranteed to produce failure.

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  1. Risk Analysis
    No matter how skilled an individual is, he cannot succeed in a competitive environment if the  cost of winning bankrupts him.  Here Sun Tzu explains the economics of competition. This includes not only the ability  to  assess and  compare key factors while taking action, but also taking economical and beneficial action.
  2. The Plan of Attack
    Here Sun Tzu defines what makes a team strong or weak.  Counter intuitively he minimizes the importance of size or numbers focusing more on unity, skill among team members and commonality of purpose as the primary tool of success. He also places  great  value  on  forming strong alliances with other groups against a common adversary.
  1. Tactics
    This strategy recognizes the power that comes from seizing opportunities as they arise rather than expending valuable resources in attempting to create opportunities. By waiting  for  opportunities you can more effectively defend what you already have (defending existing positions) and create an emotionally  grounded, low  stress environment that will more easily enable you to act at exactly the right time. This philosophy reflects the cliché that “Success happens when preparation and opportunity meet.”(see the Conversation on the Law of Attraction).
  2. Momentum
    When one is able to conserve one’s energy, and use it at the most appropriate time, a natural rhythm comes into play that enables one  to overcome obstacles that might otherwise seem insurmountable. The formula here is: Creativity and timing = momentum. Momentum wins the battle.
  3. Maximizing Personal Strengths
    This is my own category title not Sun Tzu’s.  In my studies in Applied Gane Theory and Gamification focused on how an individual might isolate their natural talents and skills and apply them to gain benefits at the lowest possible cost. Conversely tremendous opportunities may arise if an individual is able to isolate relative weaknesses of your opponent. as well.
  4. Maneuvering in ConfrontationSun Tzu is adamant that whenever possible it is best to avoid direct conflict even in a situation where your opponent is intent to have  such  a  conflict  come  about.  It is essential  that  one  be  aware  of the costs and dangers of such engagement and have the essential skills to succeed or win such a confrontation when it is forced upon you (when one is between “a rock and hard place”).
  5. Responding to Black Swan Events
    A Black Swan Event is what happens when something seemingly irrational, improbable and unexpected takes place with substantial consequences. The master strategist must possess a natural flexibility and enough reserve in all of the skills to respond successfully to shifting circumstances.
  1. The Tools of Attack
    This addresses the use of technology and the general use of circumstances and environment against an opponent. It also explores how to use technology, circumstances and environment against an attack.

10.  Information
Here Sun Tzu discusses the importance of developing and managing good information.

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In the end Sun Tzu  is especially interested in information resources that your opponent is unaware

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Lewis Harrison is an author, practical philosopher, motivational speaker,, a leadership trainer,, mentor and coach. He hosts a weekly talk show on NPR affiliated WIOX 91.3 FM (Streaming at WIOXRadio.org)

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

Lewis offers stress management programs throughout the United States that combine the great spiritual principles with applied game theory.

His corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Miami and Orlando Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

His book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Time” addresses important issues on human potential and personal development

Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking