Using the options generator for conflict resolution

The options generator is a tool that someone taught me a long time ago, to be used as an innovation idea generator.

Basically you are supposed to find 2 people and have them share some things that they are good at, then you ask them to identify how they can combine their strengths to come up with a new business or idea to work together on.

Most often though, I have used it for conflict resolution – when two people or tribes have different goals or needs. In this context it seeks to shift people from confrontation to collaboration. Where this fails, it is at least useful for identifying the real point of conflict among all the unnecessary noise.

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