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Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model: **Solving Problems Creatively**

**“The advantage of this model over other problem-solving approaches is that it encourages you to use creative and critical thinking skills at each stage of the problem-solving process. This means that you can take a well-rounded look at a problem, and you can come up with better potential solutions.”**

“The model presents a structured framework for solving problems creatively. You can use it on your own or in a group.”

The model consists of six steps, as follows:

- Ask:
**“What is going on?**“ - Ask:
**“What is success?”** - Ask:
**“What is the question?”** **Generate answers.****Forge the solution.****Align resources.**

The Productive Thinking Model was developed by author and creativity theorist, Tim Hurson, and was published in his book Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (2008), McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.