Managers and leaders of all levels need to ensure that problems are solved in the optimal way and that the ideas and innovations for tomorrow's business flow freely.
Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies helps readers master the processes of practical thinking which lie behind effective decision making, problem solving, and creative thinking. Using checklists, exercises and case studies, it explains key concepts such as: principles of effective thinking, how to develop a framework for decision making, how to use a simple model for making decisions and solving problems, how to sharpen up creative thinking skills, and how to develop thinking skills in the future.
About 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.
Table of Contents
1. Your mind at work
Is your brain working now?; The functions of the mind; The Depth Mind principle; Key points
2. The art of effective decision making
Define the objective; Collect relevant information; Generate feasible options; Make the decision; Implement and evaluate; Key points
3. Sharing decisions with others
Your role as leader; Task need; Team maintenance need; Individual needs; The three circles interact; The functions of leadership; Key points
4. Key problem-solving strategies
How problems differ from decisions; A unified model for decision making and problem solving; Asking the right questions; How to approach systems problems; Key points
5. How to generate ideas
Brainstorming; How to run a brainstorming session; Key points
6. Thinking outside the box
Towards a more creative approach; Look wider for solutions; How to use your Depth Mind;
7. Developing your thinking skills
What is an effective practical thinker?; Check that you are in the right field; How to design your own learning strategy; Key points
What People are Saying About This
“Adair has transformed our understanding of how leadership works and how executives can become business leaders.” European Foundation for Management Development