“[…] organizing in new ways requires that you forget the successes of your past.” William P. Barnett, Stanford Business
72% of senior-executive respondents to a recent McKinsey survey said they thought bad strategic decisions "either were about as frequent as good ones, or were the prevailing norm in their organisation.”
“The widespread lack of motivation we witness in many organisations is a devastating side effect of the unequal distribution of power.”
“When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.”
- William Wrigley Jr.
“Problem-solving” is a skill that comes up on quite a few "desired skills" lists- but are we actually any good at it? As it turns out, those problem-solving frameworks you can find in any clickbait business article might not actually be the best place to start.
Approaching problems creatively involves reframing how we think of them, coming at the issue from different perspectives. It might be better to not go into “solution mode” at all, seeking questions instead of answers and disrupting some team harmony along the way… We’ll put problem-solving techniques into practice, looking at how to be more creative in the way we find our answers.
- How can we be better at problem solving?
- Approaching problems in different ways
- Fighting our desire to find the solution
- Accepting cognitive diversity
Margery Eldredge Howell: “There’s dignity in suffering, nobility in pain, but failure is a salted wound that burns and burns again.”
For many people, “failure” elicits negative emotions. Shame. Guilt. Wanting the ground to swallow you up. But, like it or not, failure is sadly a fact of life…
How can you learn to accept failure, or even begin to embrace it?
We’ll look at how you, and those around you, handle mistakes, where blame comes from, and how to change attitudes towards failure into those that encourage experimentation. When failures ultimately happen, we’ll discuss a “failure post-mortem”, asking the right questions and learning from mistakes- and ultimately, how to be kind and compassionate to yourself so you’re resilient enough to try again.
- How you handle mistakes
- Encouraging experimentation
- How to become “failure-tolerant”
- Rules for failure
- How to analyse failure and the questions to ask
- How to be resilient and keep going
Are you creative?
Most people do not consider themselves imaginative, creative, or able to make something up on the spot.
This session shows what you can achieve if you allow your imagination free rein, always say “yes” and have the support of your colleagues. Failing is part of it, but it’s not only OK, it’s actively encouraged.
Starting from very basic, simple improvisation exercises, this session builds confidence in a way that is supportive and not embarrassing. No one is exposed to humiliation or ridicule and it reinforces the value of supportive networks, the power of imagination and that concepts of “failure” are often worse in your head than they are in reality.
- The advantages that come from saying “yes”
- The importance of recognising when others need support and providing it
- Knowing how to ask for help from others
- How to face ambiguity and change
- Keeping multiple thoughts in your head at the same time
- Collaborating to achieve a common goal