How Integrative Thinking Promotes Innovative Problem-Solving

Integrative thinking is the process of using the tension from two conflicting approaches to a problem in pursuit of a new and innovative outcome. Instead of responding to competitive or strategic situations with the same approaches, try these 5 tools to identify new and superior approaches.

For Better Decision-Making, Unpack and Stress Test Assumptions

There are many reasons our seemingly failure-proof plans go horribly wrong. One critical step you can take to move the odds of success in the right direction is to borrow a step from Red Teaming and learn to unpack and stress test key assumptions. This article shares some ideas to help you get started with this critical step for strengthening decision-making and planning activities.

By | 2017-10-17T08:31:13+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Decision-Making, Leadership, Strategy|1 Comment

First-Time Manager #7—Beware Attempting to Fix a Difficult Employee

Your good intentions to help that difficult employee change can lead to a major misfire on your part. Recognize that it is not your job to fix a difficult employee, but rather to provide the tools, environment, timeline and accountability for the individual to change. The results are up to the individual and the implications of failure must be clear.

Don’t Let Lazy Brain Syndrome Stifle Creativity

Humans are creatures of habit, and our approach to solving problems is no different. We tend to attack every problem in familiar ways, without taking the time or making the effort to consider creative options. The tracks of our minds are well grooved. Effective leaders recognize the hard work and heavy lifting involved with finding creative solutions and strive to push their teams out of those grooves.

By | 2017-02-21T06:23:02+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Decision-Making, Leadership, Strategy|2 Comments