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Problem Solving Training Course - One Day

Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations. Problem Solving Training
  • Learn how to solve your problems quickly
  • Pre-empt problems: Solve problems before they can occur
  • Break problems down into their components parts
  • Problem – cause – solutions, mapping
  • Problem – implication – countermeasures, mapping
  • Creative problem solving: Using the imagination to solve problems
  • The Mastermind Principle. Make use of many minds
Learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people who are facing similar situations as you.

Excellent course, very informative and well structured. Good levels of trainer talking, group discussion and writing. Good examples from personal experience. The trainer was very good, with a clear and concise message and happy to help with queries. Good booklet to take away as reminder.

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Problem Solving Training - One Day Course Overview

Day One - Morning

  • Introductions: What are problem solving techniques?
  • What is meant by the word “Problem”?
  • The seven skills of problem solving
  • What are the four causes of all problems?
  • The four causes are: Yourself, other people, poor systems, and Mother nature
  • A logical evaluation of all the available facts
  • Map-out the problem/ 3 causes / 6 solutions analyses
  • How can you prevent the problem from happening in the first place?
  • Map-out the problem, implications and countermeasures
  • Combine the two methods to create the full picture

Day One - Afternoon

  • Decisions, decisions! Yes or No? Which one? What Kind?
  • How can I improve creativity?
  • Creative problem solving. Imagination and innovation
  • Develop the imagination to solve your problems
  • The Mastermind Alliance. Many minds make light work
  • Profiting from your problems. Some problems are a blessing in disguise
  • Putting these seven skills to work
  • Summary action plan, course quiz and close

Problem Solving Training - Day One - AM

Problem Solving Training Overview

Introductions

Who are you? And what do you want to gain from attending this course?

Definition of terms. What do we mean by the word 'problem'?

A problem is the difference between two conditions:- between "What you HAVE now"; and "What you WANT or NEED".

What causes problems?

Your problems have four major causes:

  1. Yourself (your own mistakes, omissions or bad habits)
  2. Other people (the mistakes, omissions and bad habits of others)
  3. Poor systems (system failure / inefficiencies that cause you problems)
  4. Mother nature (natural phenomenon, diseases, disasters and bugs cause problems)

The first step in any problem situation:

Gather the facts!

Identification is the first step of problems solving.

You must first, correctly identify the facts. Separate:

  1. Facts from fiction
  2. Facts from guesses
  3. Facts from preconception and emotions

You will solve your problems with a combination of logical analysis and creativity.

Logical analysis and creative problem solving.

Break problems down into their component parts.

Defining the problem properly is the first step to solving it.

All problems have causes. Most problems have multiple causes. We need to identify the major causes that are creating and sustaining the problem. Each of the causes suggest one or more possible solutions.
We construct a problem cause solution map. Such a map would have this general shape.

Problem cause solution shape

Problem prevention

The most impressive skill is to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
This means developing the ability to Prevent Avoidable Errors.

Many problems are the result of people making avoidable errors; careless mistakes and omissions.
It is better to prevent a problem, than deal with a problem.
The prevention of avoidable errors is your first line of defence.

Examples of problems caused by avoidable errors.

Protocols and mindfulness in relation to avoiding errors.

Exercises to stimulate your problems solving.

We develop these skills by doing some practical examples.

Problem – three probable causes – six possible solutions.

Examples and Practice exercises.

You identify a problem and write the problem, cause, solution map.

Problem Solving Training - Day One - PM

Problem – possible implications – pre-emptive countermeasures

As well as having causes, almost all problems have FUTURE IMPLICATIONS.

Meaning, all problems have the potential to create a list of secondary problems. And the secondary problems may lead to a major crisis.

This is the so called, Domino-effect.

Whereas the previous model (Problem cause solution) worked backwards through time to identify causes, this model works FORWARDS in time and tries to predict possible implications of the original problem, and then to figure out countermeasures that need to be initiated, in order to avert a wave of more serious secondary effects.

A problem implication countermeasure map would look like this.

Problem implication countermeasure

Exercises to stimulate your problem solving.

We develop this skill by doing some practical examples.

Combining the two processes.

We assume the following to be true.

Most problems have causes, AND implications. Therefore, it is good to combine both maps and solve the problem and prevent its secondary effects. The combined map would look like this.

Problem implications causes countermeasures

Exercises to stimulate your creative problems solving.

We develop these skills by doing some practical examples.

Think imaginatively and develop creative solutions

Many problems can be solved through logical analysis. But many others cannot be solved by pure logic. Some problems need to be solved imaginatively; creatively.

For example: Walt Disney created his empire through the use of his creative imagination. It was creative genius that produced The Sleeping Beauty, not hard logic.

Your company logo, company strap lines and the corporate image is a product of creative thinking.

Many business problems are best solved imaginatively and creatively. How can we stimulate the creative portion of your mind so that you come up with novel, unique, creative, imaginative solutions?

Think outside the box

The famous, “Think outside the box” puzzle:

Examples of creative problems solving.

Tips on developing creativity.

Exercises to stimulate your creative problems solving.

We learn by doing a practical exercise.

Make use of many minds: The Mastermind Principle.

You have heard the phrase: “Two minds are better than one”. The same is true of creative thinking.

The most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain. The most profitable ideas are usually the result of many minds working in harmony to solve a shared problem. You need to know how to combine ideas, so the result is not from any one individual, but is rather the combined efforts of the team.

Team creativity is best achieved when the members of the team are working in a cooperative and harmonious way.

The MasterMind principle comes from the writing of Napoleon Hill:

“The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in PERFECT HARMONY, for the attainment of a common, definite objective.""

Tips for creating a Mastermind Alliance.

Examples of the Mastermind Alliance.

Who could you ask to form a mastermind alliance with you?

Profiting from your problems

Profiting from your problems

Remember that some problems are NOT problems. They are blessings in disguise.

We assume the following to be true.

“Inside every problem there is the SEED of a great benefit”.

Many problems, when seen in a different light may actually be a blessing in disguise.

There have been many examples of how a so-called “problematic situation” was transformed into a “profitable enterprise”.

For example: in 1968 Dr. Spencer Silver was trying to invent a super-strong adhesive, but he failed. His glue did not work. It was instead a super-weak glue. Rather than trying to solve the problem he simply called his terrible adhesive a terrific low-tack adhesive that would stick to things but also could be repositioned multiple times. From that, he invented Post-it notes and made a fortune.

His problematic adhesive was a blessing in disguise. BUT ONLY BECAUSE he saw the potential profit embedded in the problem.

Exercise:

How have you profited from a past problem?

How could you profit from a current problem?

Final summary and action planning.

Training course content was very useful in putting logical structures around common problems and ways of thinking. Good balance of verbal and visual material. Good delegate interaction without pressure. Trainer's presentation was very engaging with infectious energy and just the right amount of humour.

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In-House Training Course Pricing and Proposal

This course is available from just £1,950 +VAT per day as a bespoke in-house group training course in the UK and worldwide.

It has been designed to provide a similar experience to our open courses, however we can tailor the content to fit your specific needs. In-House Group training costs from just £1,950 +VAT per day (international training price varies). Plus, hotel accommodation for trainer if necessary. (Premier Inn type: not the Hilton!)

This price includes:

  • Quality training delivered by an experienced trainer
  • Full days training
  • Full colour course handbook
  • Preparation work
  • Travel costs and time
  • Written action plan to take away
  • Access to our post course portal
  • Access to our on-line leadership and management decision matrix templates and tools
  • Plus three months FREE telephone coaching to answer any on-going questions

Contact Us Today

Please call us on +44 (0)20 3856 3037 to discuss your requirements for the in-house training course.

If you want to know more about any other Management Training Courses, or their suitability for you or a colleague, call us on +44 (0)20 3856 3037.

The Course Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

After the course, how can you keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished.

  • PDF download of the training handbook
  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

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Problem Solving Training Course Summary

This course will develop your team's ability to prevent and solve problems.

This course is about how to close the gap between the situation you have now, and the situation that you want.

Problem solving is the ultimate skill, since we all have problems we need to solve.

Problem solving skills training relies on the following 7 principles.

  1. The first step to problem solving is: Get the facts
  2. Problems are best solved by a combination of logical analysis and creativity
  3. Methods to help solving problems by logical and creative thinking
  4. Problem / cause / solution mapping
  5. Preventing problems from happening in the first place
  6. Problem / implication and countermeasure mapping
  7. Solve problems by harnessing the power of many minds, working together
  8. Profit from problems: Every problem contains the seed of a greater benefit

This course will help you prevent and solve your problems.