Walt Disney's creative thinking technique

Have you ever heard of Walt Disney's creative thinking technique? He divided our thinking process in three distinct strategies. 
The basics of his model is that you look at a situation from three different angles. You take each role one after the other one.

1) The Dreamer's Strategy :
The vision
Come up with ideas. You list every idea which comes to your mind. You stay open to everything, even "crazy ideas". You will re-focus in the next role.

2) The Realist's Strategy :
The action
Implement the ideas in the real world. You look for ways to make your ideas come true. You think about an action plan.

3) The Critic's Strategy :
The logic
Evaluate the ideas. You look at the advantages and disadvantages of each idea and of each implementation scenario.

After analyzing your ideas through those 3 lenses, you know what can be effectively done or not. Separating in three your thinking process helps to enlarge your horizon. You can adapt your ideas and test them a second time through each lens. You can also give up those ideas and work on others.


In Solution-Focused Brief Coaching, coaches use different types of questions. We actually ask you to focus on one of those three strategies.

1) Dreamer
Suppose that you have your day as usual. Tonight, you go to sleep. Tomorrow when you wake up, a miracle happened: all the things you brought here are resolved. You don't know this miracle happened because you were asleep. What are the first things which will tell you this miracle happened? 
Imagine the topic that brought you here today is gone, how would things be different?
If you used a magic wand to solve your problem, what will you do then that you are not yet doing? 

2) Realist
Think about a time you lived a similar situation. How did you overcome the problem? What are the resources you used?
What do you need to do to move even a little bit on the scale from 1 to 10?
When do parts of the outcome happen already?
How have you managed to get this far?
How did you do that?

3) Critic
What difference does that make for you?
When will be a good time for you to take the first step?
What tells you that you are there on the scale and not any lower?
How will you know that the situation has changed for the better, even a little bit?
What does that tell you about yourself?

Answering those questions makes you understand better the situation you are dealing with. And so can you find the personalized and adapted solution to your problem.

Posted on September 15, 2014 and filed under Tools.