Dave completely changed the way I think of creative problem-solving. I now have a process at my disposal to use whenever I need to address a new problem requiring creative thinking. My biggest lightbulb moment so far has been understanding that the problem I initially set out to solve will almost always change as the solution develops. Instead of trying to stay fixed on my initial goal I now try to keep an open mind, so I can allow the solution to reshape the problem as they both evolve together. This method allowed me to finally start making progress again on a difficult problem that had me stalled for months.
Dr. Howell’s advice gave me a great foundation to look for solutions to my problems. It might sound out of the ordinary, but my problem was how I could become a better volleyball player. Dr. Howell didn’t give me any new views on the game of volleyball, but he did give me new ways to think about my favorite sport in a creative way. The focus I gave to my thought process allowed me to have a light bulb moment and see a part of my skills that I had ignored for a long while. I have been playing better than ever and continue to look at my training with a creative thought process whenever possible.
Dave's direction gave me new insights into HOW to look for solutions and define problems. Prior to our initial meeting, I defined the problem I thought I wanted to address. After meeting with Dave, I took his advice and changed my thought process. This led me to the epiphany: the problem I really needed to address was rather different from the problem I identified out of the gate. Following his advice, I had my light bulb moment and am now approaching this new problem with the same systematic approach. Working with Dave was eye-opening.