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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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.


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



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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