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Download the Think Differently App

So, you’ve got a stubborn problem that seems to have no solution? You’re out of ideas… and need some new ones… but you don’t know where to begin?

The Think Differently app will guide you through a series of exercises to help unstick your stuck-thinking.

The app walks you through five generic phases…

  1. It’s often good to REFRAME the problem. Looking at a problem from a variety of angles opens up new lines of thinking.
  2. Then, with this broader view of the problem, consider who else to ENGAGE as a creative partner. The more people involved in coming up with the idea, the easier it will be to put it into practice.
  3. IDEATE is the heart of thinking differently. Here, the app guides you in novel methods of brainstorming to generate a wide array of ideas.
  4. The next thing to do is to SELECT some of the most promising ideas and develop them further into concrete proposals.
  5. Unfortunately, ideas are just talk. You’ll also need to INFLUENCE others to join you in a critical transition from talk to action.

The App concludes our virtual consult with some advice on ways to test your ideas on a small scale, and in a safe way.

There is no straight-line path to new ideas. While the five phases describe the way it generally goes, expect to backtrack, jump around and maybe wander a bit.

Second, don’t expect to solve a nagging problem that has resisted solution in a single, 15-minute brainstorming session. It will take more effort than that and you’ll need to work through your virtual consult over time.

But… If you just want to start some creative juices flowing for yourself or your team by jazzing up an upcoming meeting, that’s OK too. Go directly to the Toolbox and try a few of the tools in the Reframe and Ideate phases.

We hope you enjoy thinking differently!

The Think Differently app (BETA version) is now available for MedStar Health associates.

Web Version (desktops and mobile web browsers)

  1. Visit medstarnow.org
  2. Login with your SiTEL Learning Management System username and password
  3. Click on the Think Differently icon

Mobile App (iPhone, iPad)

  1. Go to www.medstarapps.org – the new app store for MedStar Health associates.
  2. Tap Download and select Install (Note: in iOS 8 and iOS 9, the app will start installing, but you will still see the download page; tap the device's home button and locate the app icon on your device)
  3. iOS9 Users only: To Run MedStar Health Apps on your device, you must “trust” it first.
    • From the device home screen, go to Settings > General > Profiles.
    • Select MedStar Health, tap Trust, and then tap Trust in the pop up
  4. Open MedStar Health Apps and login with your SiTEL Learning Management System username and password.
  5. Tap on MedStar Now, and then tap Download.
  6. Open MedStar Now and tap Think Differently.

Mobile App (Android)

  1. Go to www.medstarapps.org on your mobile device to install MedStar Health Apps, the new app store for MedStar Health associates.
  2. Tap Download MedStar Health Apps.
  3. Configure your Device. Set your Android device to allow installation from unknown sources by going to Settings > Personal > Security > Device Administration > Unknown sources.
  4. Install the app. Go to your downloads folder using the notification bar or the Downloads app and click on MedStarApps.apk.
  5. Open MedStar Health Apps and login with your SiTEL Learning Management System username and password.
  6. Tap on MedStar Now, and then tap Download.
  7. Repeat Step 4 for the file MedStarNow.apk.
  8. Open MedStar Now and tap Think Differently.

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