I like to go into an exam with a handful of anagrams, a couple per paper or theme. I've had them 27 letter long, and have pegged 27 facts against these.
I use visualization as well to walk through the house 'seeing' themes and issues.
I use this http://wordsmith.org/anagram/index.html
- Organisational Structure
- Analogical Thinking
- Developmental Organisations
- Individual Style
Better still 'SPICES' gives me the 'characteristics of a creative organisation':
All of these become part of a 'mind dump' I do in the first 5 minutes just to get my head in the right place.
I've got less than two weeks to come up with a few more of these then practice them relentlessly.
VAN BECK CLIMB
For example gives me the 12 precepts of creative problem solving:
- Value of playfulness
- Adopt a set to break sets it is there already,
- Nurture it
- Broad picture, local detail
- Explore the givens
- Connect and be receptive
- Know what you really want
- Cycle often and close late
- Love the looseness
- Involve other people
- Manage the process
- Build up, don't break down
Where I come unstuck here is for the question to include all 12 precepts and say pick ONE to discuss for 45 minutes, whereas all I can deliver is a few minutes in each.