Managers and leaders of all levels need to ensure that the best decisions are taken, problems are solved in the optimum way, and the creative ideas and innovations so necessary for tomorrow's business flow freely. Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies will help you to master the processes of practical thinking which lie behind effective decision making, problem solving and creative thinking. Using checklists, exercises and case studies it explains key concepts such as: how the mind works, the principles of effective thinking, how to develop a framework for decision making, how to use a simple model for making decisions and solving problems, how to sharpen up creative thinking skills and how to develop their thinking skills in the future.
Ensuring innovation and a creative approach to new challenges is crucial in leadership success. Being able to communicate and share your ideas takes no less skill. Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies will help you to learn key techniques and models to confidently make the right decisions. Using checklists, exercises and case studies, Adair provides a clear framework to find solutions, generate ideas and inspire confidence in your team - so you can spot the solution in every problem, and create ideas to rival even the best strategists.
John Adair is now widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on leadership and leadership development. The author of 30 books on the subject, he has been named as one of the 40 people worldwide who have contributed most to the development of management thought and practice. Educated at St Paul’s School, John Adair has enjoyed a varied and colourful career. He served as adjutant in a Bedouin regiment in the Arab Legion, worked as a deckhand on an Arctic trawler and had a spell as an orderly in a hospital operating theatre. After attending Cambridge University he became Senior Lecturer in Military History and Leadership Training Adviser at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before becoming the first Director of Studies at St George’s House in Windsor Castle and then Associate Director of the Industrial Society. Later he became the world’s first Professor in Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey. He also helped to found Europe’s first Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter. John Adair now acts as a national and international adviser on leadership development. His recent books, published by Kogan Page, include Not Bosses But Leaders, The Inspirational Leader, How to Grow Leaders and Leadership and Motivation. There are three forms of applied thinking that we all need: decision making, problem solving and creative thinking. These overlap considerably but they can be distinguished. Decision making is about deciding what action to take; it usually involves choice between options. The object of problem solving is usually a solution, answer or conclusion. The outcome of creative thinking, by contrast, is new ideas. Any leader such as yourself who aspires to excellence obviously has a vested interest in seeing that the best decisions are taken, that problems are solved in the optimum way and that the creative ideas and innovations so necessary for tomorrow’s business flow freely. Of course, everyone in the team or organisation should be engaged in meeting these essential requirements. But you are the one who is called to provide the intellectual leadership that is needed. Are you willing to do so? One step towards that end that you should definitely take is to become master of the processes of practical thinking, the processes that lie behind all effective decision making, problem solving and creative thinking. You cannot guarantee outcomes – for luck or chance plays a part in all human affairs Introduction 2 Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies – but you can at least make sure that you use the well tried-andtested processes of thinking to some purpose. You own that responsibility. For my part, the aim of this book is to equip you with the necessary knowledge of those processes and to help you to acquire skill in using them. One further word. Forget the idea that thinking is somehow a painful and laborious feeling in the mind, a kind of headache that is best avoided if possible. Thinking is fun. By fun here I do not really mean a diversion that affords enjoyment. For the word also means an activity that engages one’s interest or imagination, an activity that may prove to be more than a diversion and may involve challenge and hard work but is still a source of enjoyment. If you come to love thinking for yourself you will learn naturally to do it well. As Roy Thompson, one of the greatest businessmen of our time, once said, ‘If I have any advice to pass on, as a successful man, it is this: if one wants to be successful, one must think; one must think until it hurts.’ He added that, ‘From my close observation, I can say that there are few people indeed who are prepared to perform this arduous and tiring work.’ Are you one of them? In the following pages we shall explore some practical ways in which you can improve your skills in this key area. By the time you have worked through the book you should: • understand the way in which the mind works and the principles of effective thinking; • have a clear framework for decision making; • be aware of the relation between decision making and problem solving; • be able to use a unified model for both making decisions and solving problems; • have sharpened up your creative thinking skills; • be in a position to chart a way forwards for improving your thinking skills across the board.
Change and uncertainty have become an inevitable part of life, the world is more turbulent than it used to be, and is susceptible to rapid and often unpredictable change, creating the need for more creative problem solving than ever in order to survive in these conditions. In this new edition Mick Hicks addresses the need for a new range of problem solving and decision making strategies for dealing with the problems of the modern business environment. He identifies that there is no one problem solving process or technique that is universally applicable to all the types of problem situation, and presents the processes which have had the most impact on improving our problem solving abilities, provides detailed background information about them (including illustrative case studies) to give a practical guide for their use and shows how the different approaches complement each other, thus providing a complete problem solving system to tackle almost all types of problem situation. Change and uncertainty have become an inevitable part of life, the world is more turbulent than it used to be, and is susceptible to rapid and often unpredictable change, creating the need for more creative problem solving than ever in order to survive in these conditions. In this new edition Mick Hicks addresses the need for a new range of problem solving and decision making strategies for dealing with the problems of the modern business environment. He identifies that there is no one problem solving process or technique that is universally applicable to all the types of problem situation, and presents the processes which have had the most impact on improving our problem solving abilities, provides detailed background information about them (including illustrative case studies) to give a practical guide for their use and shows how the different approaches complement each other, thus providing a complete problem solving system to tackle almost all types of problem situation.
Problem Solving Strategies: Decision Making and Problem Solving for a Cluttered and Confusing World. When faced with problems, people often hide, allow their dreams to fall away, and ultimately disallow themselves to live the lives they truly desire. With the help of this book, people can rectify the fear they face every time they find themselves up against a problem. They can create logical and creative solutions and glide through life's everyday problems, for the rest of their days. Problem Solving Strategies: Decision Making and Problem Solving demands to understand why people allow themselves to falter against their problems. When faced with a problem, different kinds of people do different kinds of things. For example: some hide. Some turn to the assistance of others, and some work through their problems creatively. How can you, the reader, learn to encapsulate all the elements of the perfect problem solver-with all of his logical, analytical, and CREATIVE pursuits-to create an essential solution to your problem? This book teaches the reader how to identify his problems. (Know that this is NOT as easy as it seems. Generally, the "problem at hand" is not the problem at the root.)It teaches the reader to utilize both the LEFT and the RIGHT brain, to create strategic life hacks, and to engage in SELF HYPNOSIS to effectively initiate creative solutions. Furthermore, this book walks the reader through step-by-step problem solving solutions to classic relationship-based problems. Don't Allow Yourself to Falter from Your Dreams. Work Through Your Problems. Today.
In Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment: A Guide for Lawyers and Policymakers, Paul Brest and Linda Hamilton Krieger prepare students and professionals to be creative problem solvers, wise counselors, and effective decision makers. The authors provide readers with knowledge of decision theory, probability and statistics, social and cognitive psychology, and arm them against common sources of judgment error. The ultimate goal is to help readers "get it right" in their roles as professionals, citizens, and individuals.
Building Leadership, Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills in the Respectful Classroom
Author: Donna Styles
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
Class meetings are a popular way of generating student participation in all aspects of school and learning. This innovative book shows teachers how to use class meetings to set the tone for a respectful classroom, involve students in decision-making, provide opportunities for student leadership, develop effective problem-solving strategies, and reduce behavior problems. Teachers will find everything they need to make class meetings an integral part of classroom learning.
Business & Economics by Rudolf Grünig,Richard Gaggl
Das Buch stellt ein Entscheidungsverfahren vor, mit dessen Hilfe komplexe Probleme schrittweise bearbeitet werden können. Im Gegensatz zu anderen vergleichbaren Texten stehen hier Problemanalyse, Variantenentwicklung und Erarbeitung der Entscheidungsmatrix im Vordergrund. Es bietet eine gute Grundlage für die praxisbezogene Ausbildung an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen.
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
Category: Business & Economics
Decision Making Training offers all the ready-to-use content needed to enable professional trainers, facilitators, and others to quickly create learning events that build confident decision makers. Beginning with an easily understandable decision making process, the book provides everything needed to build interactive half, full, and multi-day training programs. The book includes online access to dozens of customizable exercises, handouts, assessments, practice tools, and PowerPoint[trademark] slides. It features a structured facilitation framework that provides step-by-step facilitation instructions.
Skills and Activities for Academic, Social, and Emotional Success
Author: Maurice J. Elias,Linda Bruene Butler
Publisher: Research PressPub
School counseling staff, as well as teachers and others running advisory or related groups, will find this manual to be useful for helping students succeed in middle school. At this critical point in their lives, young adolescents can move in a positive and hopeful direction, or they can enter into a negative, downward spiral. SDM/SPS provides students with basic school survival skills and research-based strategies for responsible decision making and problem solving. SDM/SPS uses a positive, project-oriented approach to help reduce school violence, foster social and emotional intelligence, improve academic effort and attention, develop multicultural perspectives, and prevent at-risk students from giving up on school. The authors present a thoroughly tested and effective approach for working with a broad spectrum of learners, including those with emotional and behavioral disorders. The manual includes numerous reproducible worksheets and assessment tools for tracking progress. It provides strategies for supporting academic achievement, improving media literacy skills, encouraging parent involvement, and implementing a school-community service project.
Social decision-making and problem-solving skills are essential to sound growth and development. This practical procedural guide shows how school- based social competence programs can improve children's self-control, social awareness, group participation and interpersonal decision-making skills and help prepare them for their role as socially competent, responsible, and productive citizens. Based on more than 12 years of action research with the Improving Social Awareness-Social Problem- Solving project (ISA-SPS), the Elias-Clabby model provides school-based practitioners and practitioners-in-training with a framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating social competency programs. Skill-building procedures include instruction designed to help students decide on their goals, understand their own and others' feeling, and think in terms of long- and short-term consequences for themselves and others. An eight-step problem-solving and decision-making strategy allows professionals from a variety of backgrounds to easily grasp points and generate applications relevant to their own settings and circumstances. Includes guidelines for selecting a school site, as well as detailed procedures for training staff and parents.
Developing Skills for Decision Making and Innovation
Author: Tony Proctor
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Business & Economics
This is an accessible text and lively introduction to the skills of creative problem solving. Using extensive case-studies from a wide range of business situations, it illustrates the techniques used to solve management problems.
Wie man in nur fünf Tagen neue Ideen testet und Probleme löst
Author: Jake Knapp,Braden Kowitz,John Zeratsky
Publisher: Redline Wirtschaft
Category: Business & Economics
Unternehmer, Gründer und Teams stehen täglich vor der Herausforderung: Womit soll man zuerst anfangen, worauf sich am meisten fokussieren? Und wie viele Diskussionen und Meetings sind nötig, bevor man ganz sicher die garantiert richtige Lösung hat? Die Folge ist, dass allzu oft das Projekt auf der Stelle tritt und man überhaupt nicht vorwärtskommt. Dafür gibt es eine geniale Lösung: Sprint. Die ist ein einzigartiger, innovativer und narrensicherer Prozess, mit dem sich die härtesten Probleme in nur fünf Tagen lösen lassen – von Montag bis Freitag. Der Entwickler Jake Knapp entwarf diesen Prozess bei und für Google, wo er seither in allen Bereichen genutzt wird. Zusammen mit John Zeratsky und Braden Kowitz hat er darüber hinaus bereits mehr als 100 Sprints in Firmen aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen durchgeführt. Der Sprint-Prozess bietet praktische Hilfe für Unternehmen aller Größen, vom kleinen Start-up bis hin zum Fortune-100-Unternehmen. Die Methode ist auch für alle anderen bewährt, die vor einem großen Problem stehen, schnell eine Idee testen oder einfach eine Möglichkeit schnell ergreifen wollen.
Business & Economics by Johannes Franciscus Maria Koppenjan,Joop Koppenjan,Erik-Hans Klijn
A Network Approach to Problem Solving and Decision Making
Author: Johannes Franciscus Maria Koppenjan,Joop Koppenjan,Erik-Hans Klijn
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Business & Economics
This unique text examines developments in the area of network strategy. Differentiating itself from other policy network approaches with a mainly research focus, this text has a managerial orientation.
Master Critical Thinking In today's environment, where making one bad decision can literally ruin your life, it is important to learn critical thinking and decision making skills. If you are businessman, executive, student or a parent, challenging decision or choices come up on a regular basis and the decisions and actions we take affect not only you but also the people you are responsible for and those closest to you. The best way to be sure that you make good decisions is to be prepared with predictable strategies that you can call on when you are faced with a problem. This book is an excellent introduction to the basic principles of critical thinking. It will provide you with insightful tips, and easy steps that you can follow to solve problems efficiently. The tips presented in this book aren't restricted to just one scenario and can be made use of in every aspect of the life. Critical thinking is the ability to think objectively and rationally about a particular situation without letting your emotions rule you. This is an important skill that's quite important in life if you want to be successful. Like any other skill, this one can be easily learned! All it needs is a little bit of practice and patience. In this book, you will learn about critical thinking, the skills essential for critical thinking, strategies for better decision-making, and tips for problem-solving, and the strategies needed for setting goals. The tips and various strategies mentioned in this book are not only easy to understand but can be followed quite easily as well. When You Download This Book Today You'll Also Learn... Why critical thinking is important How to use critical thinking in everyday life Skills you must master How to make better decisions A proven problem-solving technique How to set goals correctly How to Ask Questions that Promote Critical Thinking Mental Exercises to Develop Your Critical Thinking Skills Activities/Games That Help Develop Critical Thinking Skills New Critical Thinking Apps Much, much more! This book contains 2 Manuscripts: Critical Thinking Skills: Practical Strategies for Better Decision making, Problem-Solving, and Goal Setting Critical Thinking Skills: Workbook - Questions, Exercises, and Games to Develop Your Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Goal Achieving Skills Get Your Copy Today
Each day, managers and employees are confronted with a plethora of real problems and decisions that are creating issues suchs as lost throughput, poor quality, personnel problems, and material shortages.How they approach these daily quandaries will determine how successful they are at resolving problems and making effective decisions. It is human nature for managers to solutions before they even understand the nature of the problems they are trying to solve. As a result, they end up making blind decisions that change perfectly acceptable processes for incorrect reasons. The real secret to solving problems does not depend upon the number of sophisticated statistical tools that one applies -- The secret to solving most problems is to keep the approach simple and uncomplicated. Many managers and employees make mistakes because they fail to do what Toyota does so effortlessly -- . They fail to perform the 'genmba walk,' during which they go to see the actual process, understand the work, ask questions, and learn. By following a structured approach, and using only simple tools, most problems can be solved, effective decisions can be made, and problems prevented. The cornerstones of this book are three detailed roadmaps for solving problems, preventing problems, and making effective decisions. Each roadmap contains a step-by-step explanation on how to solve existing problems, how to prevent future problems, and how to make effective decisions. The book provides real case studies to illustrate each of the techniques presented in the book.