problem solving

Practice and Simulations: 4 Reasons Why They are Essential Off the Field

By |2022-11-06T14:57:22-05:00June 21st, 2022|Categories: Learning, Productivity, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Imagine you’ve just stepped onto a plane for an overseas flight. You stow away your luggage, slide into your seat, and settle in for the long trip. As part of the captain's announcements, he mentions that this is his first overseas flight. "But not to worry," he says, "I've had hundreds of hours of classroom training." [...]

Enhanced Decision Making: Breaking Free From the Spiral of Indecision

By |2022-04-26T18:15:44-04:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

Big life decisions, like applying for a new job, having kids, or starting your own company require a more sophisticated decision making process. These decisions require research, weighing the costs and benefits, and perhaps even consulting with loved ones or other professionals. Sometimes, we can easily acquire these resources to quickly identify the best choice for [...]

How A Perspective Shift Enhances Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

By |2022-04-26T12:09:42-04:00April 26th, 2022|Categories: Business, Innovation|Tags: , , |

Have you ever stared at something so long that it became impossible to comprehend? You try to analyze every angle of the problem, searching for a way to solve the puzzle, but you come up empty. And the longer you stare, the more frustrated you get. This is a good indicator that it's time for a [...]

Theory of Constraints: How to Identify Weakness to Increase Flow

By |2022-01-31T13:45:20-05:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Blog, Eliminating Waste, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , |

What is the Theory of Constraints? Every organization faces bottlenecks, or constraints, in their daily operations. These constraints are often found in a manufacturing line when there is an issue with a process or procedure. However, constraints can occur across an organization, from personnel to issues with technology. The Theory of Constraints offers a methodology to help [...]

Top 8 Secrets for Upgrading Your Gemba Walk

By |2022-01-17T09:07:29-05:00January 12th, 2022|Categories: Eliminating Waste|Tags: , , , |

Lean practices are built on a foundation of continuous improvement. But knowing where to focus improvement efforts can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true if the leaders making decisions are disconnected from the people on the front lines. This is where Gemba Walks can be effective. What is Gemba? Gemba comes from the Japanese word [...]

Control Rooms: When to Use Them and How They Can Help

By |2020-02-05T12:06:30-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Creative, Culture|Tags: , , |

Your customer service department has received six complaints in the past week about a new product your company has just released. Every department in your company had a hand in seeing the product to its final design and release stages, and the root cause of the complaints are not easily identifiable. The gut reaction for most [...]

Which Problem Solving Form Should We Use?

By |2017-12-08T18:31:30-05:00January 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Problem solving can be complicated. Let’s face it. If you Google “problem solving methods” there are 69,400,000 entries to choose from.  There are an infinite number of problems to solve. Solved problems = better results.  Ideally the organization would be best served by solving problems as soon as they surface, where they surface, by the people [...]

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