Three Tools to Help You Think Better

As someone who travels the world consulting with and training corporations in strategic, organizational, and innovation problem-solving, I’m often asked, “What are most common problems you see in the companies you work with?” It only takes a moment to answer. There are three:

One. Solving wrong problems. Almost everywhere I go, I see rooms full of smart, dedicated people, working their tails off – on the wrong stuff. Companies spend gobs of time, energy, and money trying to solve the wrong problems. Often their solutions are well-designed, clever, even brilliant. But if you’re asking the wrong question, it really doesn’t matter how good your answer is. It’s not going to address the real problem.

Two. Heading towards nowhere. Time and time again, I see companies implementing new programs without a clear idea of where they want to go. Sometimes they know what they’re trying to change from, but rarely do they have a clear view of the future they want to reach. It’s like trying to find Waldo without knowing what he looks like. You can’t. Yet many companies spend huge amounts of time and energy aiming their phasers somewhere into the future, hoping they’ll hit a target.

Three. Filling the same hole over and over. Despite what we hear about companies becoming learning organizations, very few of them actually know how to learn from their successes and failures. They institute programs, marketing campaigns, strategies, and then when they’re finished, they don’t really learn from them. No wonder one of the most often heard complaints in organizations is the cynical comment about the latest flavor-of-the-month initiative.

Sound familiar? If you work in an organization of any size, anywhere, I’ll bet you’ve encountered each of these syndromes more than once in your career.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn simple thinking tools to avoid these three common mistakes?

  • If you could easily identify the right problems to solve?
  • If you could rapidly define a future worth aiming for?
  • If, like the US Army, you could use After Action Reviews to truly understand what works and what doesn’t?

If your answers are yes, I invite you to join me for a free 60-minute webinar, sponsored by the Global Institute for Leadership Development, in which I’ll teach you three of the most powerful tools in the Productive Thinking arsenal. Please join me August 30 at 1PM Eastern time for 60 minutes that I know will change your life.

“Ideas that we do not know we have, have us.” – WILLIAM APPLEMAN WILLIAMS, US historian (1921-1990)

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