The Innovation for Managers Series

Solving problems is the key to innovation and advancement, but far too often, we get in our own way by assuming the solution before we’ve really analyzed the problem. Getting stuck on the assumed solution will slow you down, creating more steps that have to be taken to achieve the desired result. This quick and easy course series will outline a better approach to problem-solving, one that shifts the focus from the obvious solution to the real issue at hand. Using this method, you can achieve your real goals more quickly.

Course Quick Facts:

  • Total Seat Time: 45 minutes
  • Number of Courses: 9
  • Downloadable Handouts: 9
  • Target Audience: Manager
  • Primary Competencies: Innovation; Strategic Thinking; Problem Solving; Collaboration; Negotiation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the real problem without proposing a solution;
  2. Encourage breakthrough thinking by asking the right questions;
  3. Follow up on contributions and ideas to encourage your team;
  4. Communicate and invite testing, feedback, and input;
  5. Impose your own constraints to generate original ideas;

Individual Course Titles:

  1. Focus on the Problem, Not the Solution
  2. How to Ask More Powerful Questions
  3. The Power of Borrowing Brilliance
  4. Make Sure All Voices Are Heard
  5. A Better Way to Pitch Your Ideas
  6. Why Diverse Teams Win
  7. Try Changing the Environment
  8. A Trick to Viral Marketing
  9. Constraints Are a Good Thing