If so, try this the next time someone brings you a problem. You can steal this word-for-word.

Step 1: Grab a pen and paper

Step 2: Make a brief note about the problem presented.

Step 3: Say, "Hmm... that is a problem. What ideas do you have? I'll make a list."

Step 4: Keep silent for at least two minutes, and write whatever they say.

Step 5: (Optional) If they say, "Well... I don't know." you reply, "Hmm... that sounds like another problem. How could you get some new ideas?"

Step 6: Repeat Step 4-6 until they have found ideas, or have ideas about how to get ideas.

Step 7: Hand them the notes you made. If they don't want them, toss them in the trash.

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