Problem Solving

The Bike-Shed Effect

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Solving difficult problems is hard work - and often, individuals and teams can fall into the trap of Bike-Shedding - that is to say, focusing on trivial things at the expense of more important things. Learn how to recognize the signs of Bike-Shedding and what to do about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The case of the nuclear power plant and a bike shed

  • Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

  • Bike-shedding at its finest (worst)

  • How to invoke the Bike-Shed metaphor

  • How to stop Bike-Shedding

  • How to tackle difficult tasks efficiently

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss how Parkinson’s Law of Triviality shows up at your work space

  • Learn and practice tools to identify and prevent bike-shedding

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Developing Problem-Solving Skills

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This module offers tools to solve problems by looking at patterns and principles that are universal.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Stealing an idea is stealing from the team

  • New ideas spring from elevating other’s good ideas

  • Nothing is original

  • Steps to creative success

  • How to improve your creativity

 

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Priority Management

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

John Maxwell observed that “Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time you have.” In this course, discover some key factors that maximize our available time and those that minimize it. Also, discover some valuable insights and tools on how to evaluate and prioritize tasks.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Discover activities and mindsets that sap focus, time, and productivity

  • Discuss common errors in judgement that contribute to wasting time and misuse priorities

  • Explore a method to evaluate the merits of tasks and how to prioritize them

  • Learn how to use The Focus Funnel

  • 5 Tips for Better Use of Time

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What Happens When You Pay Attention

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Filled with quick & powerful object lessons, this module illustrates the drag effect of context switching and its cost to productivity. What’s more, we explore what happens to the nature and quality of our contributions when we’re fully engaged.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The shortening human attention span

  • Lack of focus is expensive

  • The Good News: focus is a muscle

  • Improving your focus

  • Stroop Test

  • What’s dividing our attention?

  • Weapons of Mass Distraction

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Managing Dynamic Priorities

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Do members of your team recognize the signs of thrashing? If left unchecked, organizations can find themselves with a chronic time famine; always busy but never enough time to get anything done. In this course, learn the general signs and symptoms of thrashing, then dig deeper and discover your teams silent symptoms and what tod o about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Managing dynamic priorities

  • How thrashing is killing your productivity

  • Signs & symptoms of thrashing

  • Conduct a thrashing root cause analysis

  • Determine corrective actions

  • Automate, delegate, or delete

  • The sure way to fail

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Toxic Work Environments

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Take the first important step to eliminate certain behaviors that contribute to toxic work environments. It’s no secret that toxic and hostile work environments cost you money and waste time and opportunity.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Learn vital insights from Peter Drucker on the relationship between culture and strategy

  • Take a team assessment on the severity of toxins

  • Identify the signs of a toxic culture

  • Uncover the root cause(s) of team toxicity

  • Discuss behavioral profiles that contribute to poor culture

  • Develop a group plan on how to start changing an unhealthy work environment

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