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The Inspiration Sessions: Solving by Thinking

November 29, 2017

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving Pressure Qooker

Introduction

After having had an amazing amount of 14 hugely inspirational batches at OmanTel, we thought it might be nice to share the ideas and content behind these Inspiration Sessions.

 

To maximize the effectiveness of these sessions, the goal of the courses is to achieve an ultimate degree of interaction between the QMBA inspirator and the participants, and between the participants themselves.
 

Groups are designed on the basis of the following:

  • Organizationally; staff members in the organization will be invited to the course;

  • Functionally; staff members of a variety of functions will be combined in groups to enhance the degree of interaction and knowledge and idea sharing between participants;

  • Course design; the courses will be designed in the form of Pressure Qookers, which create for a tremendous level of interaction, energy and passion between participants and the inspirator and generates a committing learning environment.

Content introduction
 

“The size of the problem is nothing compared to your ability to solve it.

Don’t overestimate your problems or underestimate yourself…”

 

Every professional on any level in the organization (needs to) make(s) decisions. We start making decisions when we get up in the morning until we go to sleep at night. Maybe we will have made as many as 50 decisions by the time we leave for work. Despite all natural decision making and problem solving that we do, for some people it feels uncomfortable to make decisions. There are people who have a hard time deciding what to eat, let alone the internal trouble they go through in order to take on major decisions at work.

 

In the same reasoning, everyone has probably seen a solution to something, saying: “I could have thought of that.” The key to solving problems is not just and not always creativity, although that might help. The key to solving problems starts with our ability to think analytically, identify options and analyze them. Having a process to work with can take the difficulty out of problem solving and make solving problems easier.

 

Everyday business requires everyone to effectively solve problems leading to appropriate and profitable decisions.  Thinking skills may be considered natural, but are not necessarily intuitive and may not come naturally.  Achieving an effective basis for thinking skills involves analytic thinking and problem solving, breaking problems down into their component parts.  Effective problem solving involves deductive reasoning drawing conclusions from givens, and applying judgments to reach conclusions from a combination of gathered information, evidence and assumptions. And finally, to avoid mistakes in execution and operations, working accurately and with attention to details aids to achieve the best results.

 

In this exciting interactive environment our inspirators take the participants through exploring analytical thinking, problem solving and attention to details by locking them in a Pressure Qooker. Here, they will experience a number of opportunities to imagine even more effective analysis and solutions. By means of various cases that participants will provide themselves, a lot of attention is paid to all facets of the process of analytical thinking and solving problems and the effects of accuracy and attention to details in work.

 

From their experience as among others industrial designers, entrepreneurs and experienced in the field of analytical thinking and problem solving, our inspirators are masters in approaching problems in an unconventional and most effective way. Moreover, the tools discussed and applied in this course are approaches applicable to any type of problem. They are superior in applying analytics and problem solving methodologies to achieve ultimate results in any business situation.

 

Participants will learn how to think “beyond analysis” and how they can use structured analytical thinking and analysis in a meaningful and structural way. They will learn how to think positively, changing usual responses from “yes, but…” to “yes, and…”. The techniques, that they learn can be used in solving problems, but also in improving existing situations and facing new challenges.

 

The ultimate goal is, that participants use their analytical and problem solving skills in such a way that they can complete and reinforce each other. On top of this, the training course will focus on delivering the results of creative processes. Selling ideas right is as important as selling the right ideas.

 

In this course, participants are bringing their own challenges and issues in order to approach them in a different way then what they are used to, thus generating new visions of the problems and therewith exciting new ways to solutions. Ultimately, decision making tools and philosophies are discussed and applied to generate the best outcomes.

 

The course generates action plans, which the participants will apply to the actual problems in practice.

 

The program in detail

 

Day 1: The sky is the limit: up to heaven

Analytical thinking, analyzing and breaking down problems, expecting problems and reporting

 

Part 1:  Introduction

Introduction to the course

  • Analytical thinking, problem solving and attention to detail

  • What is analytical thinking?

  • Identifying a problem

  • Essentials to identifying a problem

  • Problem solving in practice

Coffee break

  • Implication session: analyze pre course assignments

  • Presenting the results

Part 2:  Breaking down the problem

  • Analyzing the problem

  • Defining and creating overview of:

    • Items

    • Tasks

    • Activities

Lunch break

 

Part 3:  Getting Real

  • Implication session: applying skills to personal case study

  • Presenting the results

Part 4:  Analyzing for the future: upcoming issues

  • Monitoring data and qualifying information

  • How to identify upcoming problems?

  • Problem solving

  • The problem solving model overview

Coffee Break

 

Part 5:  Identifying cause and effect relationships and prioritization

  • What are effects and what are causes?

  • Relating effects and causes: cause and effect relationships

  • How to prioritize issues?

  • How to address the prioritization?

Part 6: Issue reporting and proposing courses of action

  • The difference between issues and risks

  • Managing and reporting on issues; the Issue Log

  • Communicating effectively: selling solutions

Wrap up of the day

 

Day 2: Making it real: down to earth

Effective tools, generating and implementing solutions and generating accuracy for results

  • Introduction of the day

  • Implication session:

  • getting real with yesterday’s results: taking the case and define an issue log and communication plan

  • Presenting the results

Part 7:  Setting up work standards

  • Analyzing vs communicating data

  • Effective communication in general

  • Analyzing your tasks and activities and defining goals and responsibilities

  • Getting from responsibilities to effective organization of work

 

Coffee Break

  • Implication session: setting up your work standards in practice

  • Presenting the results

Part 8:  Defining work, tasks and project responsibilities

  • The breakdown of projects into tasks

  • Deadlines, goals and contingencies

  • Applying quality standards and procedures

  • Working in teams for higher standards

Coffee break

 

Part 9: Informing and reporting effectively

  • Distinguish tasks from responsibilities

  • Determining required information

  • Interpreting and applying reporting standards

  • Translating project work and tasks into information records

Coffee break

  • Implication session: how to work with more accuracy

  • Presenting the results

Part 10:  Planning and Organizing

  • Follow up analysis

  • Wrap up of the course

  • Evaluation

  • Adapt, close and certification

 

 

 

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