How we see things determines what those things become—perception is everything.
Problem solving is an important part of business; working through difficulties, overcoming challenges, and finding solutions helps us to excel and advance forward. Unfortunately, where to begin or what system to use is one of the problems. While understanding how to utilize successful models and past experiences is vital, finding the right people and forming dynamic teams is essential. Making these strategic decisions requires understanding your organization’s capabilities and how to maximize individual performance. This engaging and fast-paced workshop helps a company understand the correct approach to problem solving—to work smarter, not harder.
Our process begins with properly framing a problem: defining its boundaries and breaking it down into its core elements. Then form a hypothesis, which excels the pursuit for a solution by designing a roadmap for research and analysis. Through this program we show you how to develop powerful teams and work together productively; use an issue and logic tree so your ideas are clear and organized; incorporate the hypothesis approach to save time; facilitate brainstorming and foster creative exploration; use intellectual flexibility to maximize your process; and divide large problems into sections, than properly put them back together.
Problem Solving Elements:
Some Areas of Focus
Without the proper framework or structure, your ideas will be scattered. Structure helps you layout all the information clearly, then prioritize your options. Most complex problems can be summarized into groups of smaller problems, which can be solved individually. This means separating your problem into specific issues while making sure that no issues relevant to your problem have been overlooked. Gather all the know facts you can and assemble them into distinct areas of focus. We help you with this process so you become an expert at quickly organizing and structuring problems.
A Hypothesis helps reduce the problem to its primary components: You generate your initial hypothesis by drawing conclusions based on whatever facts you know about the problem. Make some assumptions first then see if you can prove them. This provides your team with direction that leads to asking the right questions and performing the correct examination. It also gets things moving forward, fostering a free flow of ideas and generating involvement. Your hypothesis requires analysis that either confirms or disproves it and becomes part of the theory or grows to become the problem itself. We walk you through this process and provide examples to help facilitate understanding and mastery.
Forming & Managing a Team
Finding the right people and forming a dynamic team is one of the most important elements of problem solving. The group must be properly assembled, motivated, and assign specific accountability. Learn to work together and share ideas. Devise a proactive strategy and delegate responsibility. Find the key drivers and let your hypothesis determine your analysis; then support or refute the hypotheses. Always keep the information and knowledge flowing, for communication is everything. Listen more than you speak and maintain a sense of motivation during the project. Never get lost in the information and keep it as simple as possible. In any business a team that effectively works together, truly succeeds together.
When brainstorming, remember there are no bad ideas. Learn to be open, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible. Write everything down into different areas or sections then discuss and debate it. A little cynicism early on saves a lot of frustration later. Forming an initial hypothesis helps you leap ahead, then work your way backwards. Ask your team what assumptions are we making that need to be true in order for your hypothesis to be true? What do we need to prove in order for this to be right? Brainstorming can be fun and get things moving productively forward.
When attacking a problem, start at the top and systematically work your way down, grouping information and elements into their proper place. First break the problem up into the logical areas, such as finance, production, sales, marketing, product development or research. Each top section represents a specific section then branches off into other subsections, which further lead downward. This keeps all the elements properly categorized and helps you organize your data.
Where a logic tree is simply a grouping of elements, an issue tree is the series of questions or issues that must be addressed to prove or disprove a hypothesis. Issue Trees fill the void between structure and hypothesis. Through brainstorming you can represent each branch of the tree into an issue or question. Most likely, every issue will break down into sub-issues, and these will break down further. You need to figure out which top-line issues have to be true for your hypothesis to be true. What matters and what does not matter?
Who Should Attend:
This workshop is for all employees, managers, executives, or any other associates or teams responsible for working through problems, moving forward with ideas, or adapting a competitive edge in business. Wolf Management works with companies, organizations, and corporate divisions to train, coach and enhance professionals for maximum performance and results.
Event Length: ½ to 1 Day
Although this exciting program can be tailored from ½ to 1 day, it can also be run over a period of time, with professional consulting and continued support.
Leadership insights in your inbox.