The Critical First Step in Solving Problems

Solving problems is great…but, first, you have to determine what the problem really is. This doesn’t necessarily require some brilliant flash of insight — there are simple tools that you can apply to nail down what’s going wrong. You can start, for example, by determining what IS and IS NOT true compared to other problems you […]
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The Five-Step Formula for Consistent Creativity

Creativity is not . . . A burst of inspiration…Genius…The domain of the chosen few! It’s a critical skill that can be developed and nurtured. It is the greatest and most under-developed skill in business today. The Creative Pattern Creativity occurs consistently in a five-step formula: Gather specific and general knowledge Think of new connections […]
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How Are Your Problem Solving Skills?

Working on today’s fast-paced projects calls for fine-tuning your problem solving skills.  Confronting the latest problem on your project and finding a solution can be very challenging for both you and your project team.  Some folks come wired for solving problems.  They seem to use a combination of ingenuity, creativity and common sense to get […]
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Sharpen Up Your Creative and Systems Thinking Skills

Project managers and business analysts, are your creative and systems thinking skills up and running? If not, they need to be.  Your thinking skills are an important facet of your management style and your approach to achieving a successful project outcome. I think that you need to be a creative thinker when it comes to solving problems and […]
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PMs and BAs, How Are Your Problem Solving Skills?

Business analysts and project managers are frequently asked to evaluate and select solutions that meet defined business objectives. Your project’s selected solution targets solving an underlying problem and/or meeting a business need in the organization. Your primary goal when addressing a business problem is how to solve that problem. Most folks get this done through […]
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