Preparing for action – Problem Solving Series – Session 6

Providing background, admitting a problem, and analyzing next steps as we prepare for action  Once we have a communicable plan in place it is time to take action.  That is the focus of the background and problem sections of the A3 that live on the left side of the document.  I find a huge relation … Continue reading Preparing for action – Problem Solving Series – Session 6

Failure is not inherently a bad thing – Problem Solving Series – Session 5

In LEAN thinking there are often rapid cycles of change that allow teams to quickly determine if a change is productive and capable of relieving a bottleneck in productivity.  It opens up the concept that failure is not a bad thing, but a tool in which we leverage to achieve success.  Let that one sink … Continue reading Failure is not inherently a bad thing – Problem Solving Series – Session 5

Cause and Effect – Problem Solving Series – Session 4

The things we do have direct and indirect impacts on the people, circumstances, and situations around us.  Even the environment around us is affected by our actions, our mood, and the way we present ourselves. The mood we present changes the environment around us and the warmth or chill that we emanate to others.  Our … Continue reading Cause and Effect – Problem Solving Series – Session 4

Data and Facts – Problem Solving Series – Session 3

Data and Facts can be confused or mixed in the wrong way when we are trying to solve a problem.  Put simply, data is about counting and reporting.  This can be how often something does or does not happen and can often be categorized and put into groupings.  Facts are reports and descriptions of things … Continue reading Data and Facts – Problem Solving Series – Session 3

What the GEMBA?! – Problem Solving – Session 2

How we view problems, and then how we choose to attack them speaks volumes about who we are.  Thomas Edison is attributed with saying, “I didn’t fail.  I just found 2,000 ways not to make a lightbulb.  I only needed to find one way to make it work.” When we are able to recognize problems … Continue reading What the GEMBA?! – Problem Solving – Session 2

Problem Solving (a series) – Beginning

I’m beginning a series of workshop classes that will span over the coming months.  I really enjoyed working through a previous series (Heart-to-Heart), and drawing parallels to my ABDL life.  While I’m sitting here with CEOs, directors, and other leaders talking about their expectations of the coursework I am also drawing links in my own … Continue reading Problem Solving (a series) – Beginning