Creative Problem Solving Training
Structured Problem Solving & Problem Solving Workshops
From Small Business To Large International Enterprises
Our experience includes delivering problem solving training and facilitating collaborative teams to tackle opportunities and performance issues, for example: Business Strategy Development; Sales Performance Improvement; Sales Strategy and Action Planning; Marketing Planning; Product Development; Product Management and Business Process Improvement.
Solving business problems and performance improvement opportunities fall between two extremes. At one end you have structured problem solving, here the focus is on finding the root cause - understand the problem and the solution may be obvious. At the other end of the spectrum is creative problem solving - here the focus is on finding creative solutions and achieving competitive advantage.
For training courses it is a case of getting the balance right and matching the training course to the problem solving team and their problem types - we deliver courses and workshops tailored to the needs of your problem solving teams.
Training courses are highly interactive and suitable for all levels of personnel. They can be varied in length from bite sized sessions to short seminars or half, one, two and three day courses – with the content and length being tailored to meet your needs.
In addition to training courses we deliver facilitated problem solving workshops - facilitating problem solving teams developing business opportunities - generating solutions and plans owned and committed to by your people -delivering innovation and creating competitive advantage by looking beyond the obvious & posing the question “What if …?
What We Do
Creative Problem Solving
Creativity is the life blood of innovation. Improving existing products, services and methods; the invention of new products and services and new processes; new ways of communicating with customers; new ways of competing and achieving competitive advantage all require Creative Thinking & Creative Problem Solving.
Structured Problem Solving
The main focus for structured problem solving is understanding the issue and finding the root cause. Often when the root cause is identified the solution is obvious. Structured problem solving is more appropriate for .........
During the life of a project collaborative teams will find occasions when they have to make decisions that affect the success or failure of the whole programme. Being able to choose between alternatives - recognising differences, important characteristics, prioritising and selecting - is a key skill for all problem solving for business and performance improvement initiatives ......
“Its amazing what you can achieve if you are all pulling in the same direction at the same time.” Team Planning is a superior problem solving process, team working and planning tool that delivers workable plans, owned and committed to by your people
Who We Are
Our team of collaborators, consultants, experts, trainers, speakers, facilitators, writers, designers, marketeers and social media managers come together on a project by project basis, to tailor a solution to meet your needs.
A specialist in creative problem solving and team planning techniques, Roy gained his business experience in leading international IT organisations. His background includes, European Industry Marketing Director, International Product Manager (USA based), Product Development, Sales, Operations and Customer Services. He has a diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Systems.
This combination of international business experience, consulting assignments and applying creative problem solving and team planning techniques to real business issues means Roy is uniquely placed to help companies develop their people, co-ordinate their planning and implementation activities and achieve business performance improvements.
WHAT THEY SAY
Harry Summerton, Sales Director
“Initially our chances were very slim, due to the excellent response and follow-up we gave we won through. The sale was a very strategic gain for us.”, after team planning workshops were used to win a strategically important major sales bid.
Brian Brown, Systems Engineering Director
"If these are the results we can expect from the workshops; you can run them as often as you think necessary - no further authorisation is required.", after a team planning workshop to resolve issues around a product development programme.
Tony Klepacz, Member of VP's staff
"This is definitely work which exceeded expectations. In my opinion the results of this (strategy) meeting will be seen in the future success of the product set throughout the telecommunications industry.", after team planning workshop to develop a new product sales and marketing strategy.
“Good communication with the students. It provides tips and new techniques for us to think and explore our minds on the possibilities and risks before we make any decisions or try to solve problems.”
"Very good, intense and dynamic, gave me a different perspective to address problems and come up with solutions that will work."
"Very good. Knowledgeable, well presented. Opens-up new options for decision making and analysing problems."
“Complements my work in project management and gives a business perspective to problem solving."
“Speaker’s knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and patience were excellent. It is a pleasure to listen to him and he is also very friendly.”
We can help you win.
Which Coffee? How do you choose?
Problem solving decision making - Whilst choosing a coffee may not be their most important decision, during the life of a project collaborative teams will find several occasions when they have to make a decision that could affect the level of success or failure of the whole programme.
Some of these decisions will be simple choices other decisions will be more complex and the characteristics of the situation quite different - even alternatives that appear the same may be different if you apply the right criteria.. This means that teams need to have available a range of techniques to suit the decision scenario, know how to apply them and reach consensus, whilst avoiding ‘Groupthink’.
Similar, but not the same.
Being able to choose between alternatives - recognising differences, important characteristics, benefits and drawbacks, prioritising and selecting - is a key skill for all problem solving for business and performance improvement initiatives.
Team Decision Making
This problem solving decision making training can be a standalone course or a module in the Creative Thinking, Creative Problem Solving and Structured Problem Solving courses. It can be varied in length from bite sized sessions and short seminars to half and one day programmes to meet your needs. When run as a standalone programme it includes some content from the other modules.
How, Why,When Do We Decide
Team Decision Making
More Complex Methods
Improving Failed Ideas