Problem Solving Ability

How to Know When it’s Time to Change Course

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Dr. Evans Baiya, Fast Company, May 2020

What happens when you run an experiment and the outcome is not what you had planned?

One of the traps of experimentation is expecting the testing to validate your thinking. It is natural to want the experiment to say yes—even to think that if it doesn’t confirm your idea, it is a failure. Read more.

The Elephant in the Room

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Two Activities for Working Remotely

By Trish Candler

For those normally working in an office setting, you may be working remotely, somewhere other than a designated office building setting. Your remote location may be full of different people these days. Perhaps it’s one or many children in your “new office” or maybe a partner, or perhaps you’re completely alone, actually remote-remote.

Times That Try Our Souls

The Problems with Problem Solving

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By Ron Price

One of the primary jobs of a leader is solving problems. We often joke that if all the problems went away, we would be unemployed. Some problems are quick and easy to solve. Scheduling conflicts, customer complaints, and equipment failures are examples of problems we can often fix quickly and move on. However, there are also many problems that are much more complex and tedious to solve. It is these tougher problems that test and demonstrate our skills as problem-solving leaders.

Does Your Culture Need Help?

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7 indications of a broken culture

By Dr. Lisa Aldisert

Culture is a common buzzword these days. Many articles tout the importance of a good culture. There are even awards that celebrate companies where employees love to work. Experts talk about defining, transforming, and fixing your culture. But how do you even know if your company’s culture needs help? Or what aspects to fix if it has some cracks?

If You Are Feeling Lost, Blame It on Your GPS

The Power of DISC Language

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Improving Communication During High-stress Situations and Making Performance Evaluations More Meaningful

5 Things You Need to do to be Successful at Just About Anything

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By Dave Clark

Like the elusive fountain of youth, people are constantly looking for the magic recipe or the secret sauce to become successful. While there are far more successful people in the world than I am, I would like to share some things that have worked for me over the years. 

Diving Into Solving Wicked Messes (Problem Solving Series, Ep. 3)

Today host Dale Dixon and executive advisor Ron Price continue their discussion of problem solving by diving straight into wicked messes. Ron shares how to recognize a wicked mess, and mistakes people make when they are trying to solve complex problems. He gives tips for starting to address a non-linear problems and how you can use the skills of negotiation and creativity to solve a complex problem.

Finding the Seed of Benefit in Every Problem (Problem Solving Series, Episode 2)

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Coach Ron Price continue their conversation around Problem Solving for leaders. They discuss two different kinds of problems--common-cause variation and special-cause variation--and why it's important to understand which type you're dealing with. Ron talks about taking a scientific approach to problems, tools that help leaders understand the root cause of a problem, and the indicators of a linear problem.

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