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Overview

Do you want to succeed in business?

Are you making the right decisions?

Are you struggling to think creatively?

Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies will help you to master the process of practical thinking that lies behind effective decision making, problem solving and creative thinking. Using exercises, checklists and case studies it will help you to:

develop a framework for decision making

share decisions with others

learn problem solving strategies

generate ideas through brainstorming

be more creative and think outside the box

If you are under pressure to find solutions, Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies will help you find new ideas and decide what action to take.

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“Adair has transformed our understanding of how leadership works and how executives can become business leaders.” – European Foundation for Management Development
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749449186
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Series: Creating Success Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

John Adair is a leading authority on leadership and leadership development. He advises many organizations in business, government, education, health and the voluntary sector. Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership programs he pioneered. Adair is the author of over 50 books, including the leadership classic Not Bosses But Leaders, (Kogan Page), and he continues to write and teach throughout the world.

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Table of Contents

About the author vii

Introduction 1

1 Your mind at work 3

Is your brain working now? 4

The functions of the mind 6

Introducing the Depth Mind principle 12

Key points 15

2 The art of effective decision making 17

Define the objective 18

Collect relevant information 18

Generate feasible options 21

Make the decision 23

Implement and evaluate 28

Key points 31

3 Sharing decisions with others 35

Your role as leader 35

Task need 36

Team maintenance need 36

Individual needs 37

The three circles interact 38

The functions of leadership 38

Key points 44

4 Key problem-solving strategies 45

How problems differ from decisions 45

A unified model for decision making and problem solving 47

Asking the right questions 48

How to approach systems problems 50

Key points 53

5 How to generate ideas 56

Brainstorming 56

Guidelines for brainstorming 57

How to run a brainstorming session 59

Key points 61

6 Thinking outside the box 63

Towards a more creative approach 63

Look wider for solutions 65

How to use your Depth Mind 67

The creative thinking process 69

Mental roadblocks 70

Key points 72

7 Developing your thinking skills 75

What is an effective practical thinker? 75

Check that you are in the right field 78

Key factors in choosing your field of work 78

How to design your own learning strategy 79

Key points 83

Appendix 85

Further reading 89

Index 91

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