Problem solving and decision making

Business is full of making rationalised decisions to problems that arise. Those that can think logically,  weighing up opportunities against possible effects quickly and effectively will be the most successful. This is a challenging and highly practical course that goes far beyond standard

team building and lateral constructive thinking.

We explore the process of decision making and think about how our brains work through possible outcomes. This knowledge then informs how we approach problem identification and solution. We propose an effective process for solving problems and making informed decisions that can have wide reaching positive effects on our professional lives.

We also look at what happens next and how we can consciously learn from the decisions that we make. Making a bad decision always hurts but sometimes good things come from it if we have learned from it. The most successful people are those that actively learn from their mistakes.

Course content

  • Re-framing issues
  • The value of outcome thinking
  • Rooting around
  • Understanding thinking patterns
  • Problem solving
  • Creative techniques for problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Making the right choice

Problem Solving and Decision Making FAQs

How much is this course?

Our courses are designed for you the client, which means that the pricing structure is also specific for you the client. We work with huge and tiny companies, always finding appropriate pricing models for each of them.

Do you use powerpoint for your courses?

Our training courses are highly engaging and designed to challenge you to think and act. We don’t believe a powerpoint presentation delivers this, so we never use it for any of our courses.

What resources will I receive on your courses?

All attendees will receive professionally printed A5 workbooks covering every aspect of the training delivered. These make a great reference resource for the future and can be supplied in electronic format too.

How experienced are your trainers?

All of our trainers come with many years of real world operational experience. They are able to bring maturity of thinking and the experience of real life situations into the training room.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for anyone who would like to improve their current ways of problem solving and who would like to feel more confident in the decisions they make.

What Will You Learn?

  • To be more confident in their abilities
  • How to think in a more positive and visionary way
  • How to identify the stakeholders and who to involve in the process
  • Tools to break down conventional analysis techniques
  • To define and prioritise the decision-making criteria
  • Evaluate the options effectively & weigh up risks
  • Implement the solution

Latest Problem Solving and Decision Making Resources and Guidance

Why developing competence is the managers responsibility  

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the advent of self directed learning - in other words creating the environment where staff take control of their own learning, often supported by the organisation.  I’ve nothing against this approach, it’s great if people take charge of their own development, however my word of caution is concerned with this becoming the only approach.

Managers, stop trying to motivate your staff!

For much of my management career I was under the impression that one of the requirements of a good manager was to motivate their team members.  In recent years I’ve begun to wonder if that’s altogether the wrong thing!  My doubt first manifested itself when reading Prof Steve Peters suggesting that motivation was worthless - WORTHLESS!  Yes, really, the British olympic cycling teams psychologist tells his athletes to forget it, it’s a waste of time.