I took an online test to determine my creative problem solving profile. I leaned about this test from over at Todd Warfel’s blog.
An optimizer favors thinking abstractly and evaluation in problem solving. This person’s greatest interest lies in turning abstract ideas into practical solutions and plans. They do considerable ongoing “mental testing” of idea. An optimizer’s knowledge is organized in such a way that, through hypothetical-deductive reasoning, he/she can focus it on a specific problem. They are able to sort through large amounts of data and pinpoint “what’s wrong” in a given situation. Optimizers tend to be quite confident of their ability to make a sound, logical, evaluation and select the best option or solution for a problem.Optimizers are interested in Idea Evaluation and Selection and Action Planning.