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The Smart Solution Book : 68 Tools for Brainstorming, Problem Solving and Decision Making

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THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF PROBLEM-SOLVING TOOLS, GAMES AND TECHNIQUES USED BY BRAINSTORMERS, GAMECHANGERS AND TRAILBLAZERS.



As working life becomes more complex, we are increasingly faced with problems which may at first seem insoluble. The Smart Solution Book is your guide to solving these problems, whatever their size.



The Smart Solution Book explains each tool in detail - what it is, when and how to use it, its strengths and its limitations. The tools range from quick fixes, which can be used by someone working alone, to large scale solutions which can be used by groups of 100 and more. You can also use the tools separately or in combination with each other.



* Frame problems so they can be solved

* Find a solution to even the most intractable problem

* Enjoy the process of problem solving, whether alone or in collaboration with others

* Become more creative in your thinking so that, over time, solutions begin to present themselves



The Smart Solution Book will change your way of thinking about business problems: apply the techniques and see the solutions unfold.



"The essential guide for any problem solving situation. Effective, practical and very accessible. Highly recommended." Chris Garthwaite, CEO CGA Consulting



"There isn't a single individual or organisation that could fail to benefit from the many practical approaches to problem-solving in this book. Everyone should read it!" Andrew Hilton, Managing Director, Corporate Training Partnerships Ltd



"F. Durrenmatt says 'What concerns everyone, can only be solved by everyone' - and David's book is the practical guide to getting everyone fully engaged with a creative technique to solve any of your challenges." Peter Schwanh (TM)usser, Partner, papilio ag, Zurich



"As one of the most highly respected and long standing professionals on the Leadership and Management Development circuit, when David Cotton recommends a particular problem solving approach, you know it has earned its place in his invaluable new book. Look no further for a comprehensive compendium of pragmatic and well thought through techniques." David McWhir, Consultancy Verite Limited
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 11mm | 310g
  • FT Publishing International
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1292142316
  • 9781292142319
  • 595,039

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THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF PROBLEM-SOLVING TOOLS, GAMES AND TECHNIQUES USED BY BRAINSTORMERS, GAMECHANGERS AND TRAILBLAZERS.







As working life becomes more complex, we are increasingly faced with problems which may at first seem insoluble. The Smart Solution Book is your guide to solving these problems, whatever their size.







The Smart Solution Book explains each tool in detail - what it is, when and how to use it, its strengths and its limitations. The tools range from quick fixes, which can be used by someone working alone, to large scale solutions which can be used by groups of 100 and more. You can also use the tools separately or in combination with each other.







- Frame problems so they can be solved



- Find a solution to even the most intractable problem



- Enjoy the process of problem solving, whether alone or in collaboration with others



- Become more creative in your thinking so that, over time, solutions begin to present themselves







The Smart Solution Book will change your way of thinking about business problems: apply the techniques and see the solutions unfold.
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Table of contents

About the author

Acknowledgements

Introduction



Part 1 - Which tools to use and when

Tools for broad problem areas

Tools for specific problems



Part 2 - Problem solving essentials

Barriers to problem solving

Framing a problem

Stages in problem solving

Preparation for group problem solving

Equipment needed



Part 3 - Problem solving techniques for individuals and small groups

1. Force field analysis and graphical force field analysis

2. Tough questions

3. Ritual dissent (and ritual assent)

4. Brain-friendly brainstorming

5. Reverse brainstorming

6. Procrastination

7. Cartesian logic

8. Brainwriting

9. Individual and collective mind mapping

10. Structured walkthroughs

11. Life through a lens

12. Nominal group technique

13. GROW for problem-solving

14. Head/Heart-Push/Pull

15. Osborne-Parnes critical problem solving process

16. Appreciative inquiry

17. Competitive ideas

18. Why not?

19. MUSE

20. Ishikawa fishbone diagrams

21. Deming's PDSA Cycle (The 'Shewhart Cycle')

22. 3D stakeholder mapping

23. Two words technique

24. The association grid

25. Delphi technique

26. Lotus blossom technique

27. Photographic associations

28. Random word technique

29. Challenging assumptions

30. Metaphorical problem-solving

31. Who else has solved this problem?

32. How-How?

33. The 5 Whys/Question Everything

34. Jelly Baby Tree

35. Future shock

36. What if?

37. What if we didn't?

38. Reframing

39. Ripple effect (systems thinking)

40. What I need from you

41. Concentration diagrams

42. Pareto analysis - simplified version

43. Solution effect analysis

44. The work map

45. Competing values framework

46. Timelining

47. One question

48. Peer assist

49. Action learning

50. Story circles

51. Swim Lane diagrams (Rummler-Brache diagrams)



Part 4 - Large group problem solving techniques

52. Crawford's Slip

53. Charrette Procedure

54. Starbursting

55. Open space

56. World cafe

57. Pro-action cafe



Part 5 - Problem solving business games

When and how to use business games

58. Retirement speeches

59. Convince me

60. Evolution

61. It's in the news

62. The trial

63. Tortoise and hare

64. Art gallery

65. Proverbial problem solving

66. There are no rules

67. Documentary

68. Pitch Perfect



Part 6 - Sharing and implementing solutions

Sharing solutions

Implementing solutions
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Review quote

"The essential guide for any problem solving situation. Effective, practical and very accessible. Highly recommended." Chris Garthwaite, CEO CGA Consulting



"There isn't a single individual or organisation that could fail to benefit from the many practical approaches to problem-solving in this book. Everyone should read it!" Andrew Hilton, Managing Director, Corporate Training Partnerships Ltd



"F. Durrenmatt says 'What concerns everyone, can only be solved by everyone' - and David's book is the practical guide to getting everyone fully engaged with a creative technique to solve any of your challenges." Peter Schwanh (TM)usser, Partner, papilio ag, Zurich
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About David Cotton

David Cotton spent 21 years with Arthur Andersen and PwC before becoming a freelance trainer in 2002. He has worked in four continents and more than 40 countries, delivering a wide range of training in management, leadership, communication skills, business networking, confidence building, dealing with difficult people, change management, business strategy, coaching and mentoring.



David's clients span local and national government and nearly every industry sector and include the European Parliament, European Commission and many of its agencies, the United Nations, BBC, Syrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Russian Federal Commission, Croatian MOD, PwC, most of the major Middle Eastern oil and gas companies, Manchester Business School and many others.



He has published scores of articles and more than a dozen books, including Key Management Development Models (FT Publishing, 2015).
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