Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies by John Adair
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.
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.
Table of Contents
About the author vii
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