Assunta Alumni
A highly interactive, fast-paced
learning experience not to be missed!

Problem Solving Workshop
JUNE 23, 2001 w CENTURY HOTEL  w KUALA LUMPUR

Develop your critical thinking skills and apply
them to solve even the most perplexing problems.
Point-by-point, it gives you a strong foundation
of practical problem solving techniques.

Make it happen with
Steven Lesser
Highly Acclaimed Industry & Services Strategist Worldwide
Widely Published Author on Issues affecting Business and Industry

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W H Y  A T T E N D

Problem solving is a daily component of our personal and corporate lives. While many individuals already have substantial problem solving experience and some may even use an explicit problem solving process, this course is designed to add to any models and tools already being used.

This workshop gives you the skills to identify problem causes, explore alternative solutions, evaluate results and arrive at solutions that have greater acceptance in your organization.

In addition, this course will provide a common framework and vocabulary which people across the organization can use to organize and focus their thoughts and communications about problem solving.

The Problem Solving Model
The basic problem solving model provides a framework for understanding problem solving principles and applying the appropriate tools.  It consists of two phases, each with a divergent- and convergent thinking component:

Phase I Clarify the Problem
Explore the problem, in which participants use various tools to understand the complexity of the problem and identify a variety of potential causes. The thinking processes in this step are primarily divergent.

Focus the problem, in which participants create a clear definition of the problem. The thinking processes in this step are primarily convergent.

Phase II Decide on the Solution
Explore the solution, in which participants again use tools to stimulate divergent thinking, this time focusing on alternative solutions and organizational impacts.

Focus the solution, in which participants use convergent thinking to decide on a practical solution to the problem.
 
Program Benefits

The INSIGHT: Problem Solving Workshop is a one-day, highly interactive, fast paced learning experience that applies 8 tools to the various steps of the problem solving process.

The goal of this workshop is to integrate several habits of thought into your professional perspectives. These internalized ways of thinking, in conjunction with the tools, are key to achieving successful problem solving on a daily basis.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the components of the simple problem solving model
  • Explain how the problem solving process involves both divergent and convergent thinking
  • Describe how to apply the 8 problem solving tools to various steps in the problem solving process
  • Describe how these tools and the problem solving model can be applied to problems encountered in the workplace
  • Describe the 6 habits of thought of effective problem solvers.
Style and Approach

Learning experiences created consistently follow a set of proven principles to achieve high interest and significant impact. These include the following:

  • The value of a common framework
  • The importance of active participation
  • Job oriented work tools
  • Real world applicability
W H O  S H O U L D  A T T E N D

Designed for individuals at all levels of an organization. As a result of this course, it is expected that individuals at all levels of the organization will:
  • Use the same vocabulary and framework to approach and discuss problem solving in the workplace
  • Apply both the tools and the model to their unique and diverse problem situations
  • Approach problem solving efficiently and systematically, with an understanding of the root causes of a problem and the long-term implications of a proposed solution
  • Apply the 6 habits of thought of effective problem solvers daily in the workplace.
Team attendance highly recommended
This is to facilitate successful implementation of the theory learned and establish a common framework to practice in real-life environment.

Certificate of Participation will be awarded.

P R O G R A M   C O N T E N T

Case Study Approach is used throughout the program. Each phase of the problem solving process is applied to the case in class discussion and team exercises. Fast-paced with an emphasis on having people actually apply the tools so they will know how to use them on the job.  Guidelines for implementation clearly documented so they can be referenced in the workplace.

The course consists of four modules, two for each phase of the problem solving process. Specific tools are addressed within each of these modules to demonstrate the key points of the module and to provide an opportunity to learn and practice the tools.

Introduction and Overview

  1. Problem Solving Model and The 8 Tools
  2. The 6 Habits of Thought for Effective Problem Solvers:
    1. Treat the cause, not the symptom
    2. Recognise ripple effects
    3. Cast a wide net
    4. Look where its not expected
    5. Appreciate complexity
    6. Implement simplicity
PHASE 1: CLARIFYING THE PROBLEM

Explore the Problem
Divergent thinking of the problem solving process and opportunity to practice the following tools: 

  • Brainstorming Possible Causes
  • Contributing Factor Analysis
  • Success/Barrier Analysis.
Focus the Problem
Convergent thinking and the importance of defining even complex problems in simple terms. Opportunity to practice the tool Prioritizing Problem Elements to focus the problem, and update insights into your own problems.

PHASE 2: DECIDE ON THE SOLUTION

Explore the Solution
Apply divergent thinking to identify potential solutions and explore organizational and long-term impacts. Practice using the following tools:

  • Brainstorming Possible Solutions
  • Ripple Effect Analysis
  • Implementation Mapping.
Focus the Solution
Apply convergent thinking to examine the alternatives identified in the previous activities and decide on a practical solution to the problem. Practice using the tool Evaluating Alternative Solutions and update insights into your own problem solving process.

Conclusion
Discussion of how these tools will be used in everyday on-the-job situations.

R E G I S T R A T I O N   D E T A I L S
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Date
Time
Venue
June 23, 2001 (Saturday)
9.00am - 1.00pm
Century Hotel Kuala Lumpur
(along Jalan Bukit Bintang)
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Fees
Public RM280
Assunta Alumni members RM180
Parents of pupils at SM Assunta RM120
Students (below 20) RM 60
Inclusive of course materials and refreshments.
Reservation
Reservation can be made by telephone, telefax or by e-mail.  Registration is confirmed on receipt of registration form and payment must be cleared before program date.  If unable to do so due to government policy or company procedure, please advise late payment in writing.
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Cancellations are valid only in writing. Full refunds applicable if written notice is received at least 2 weeks before each program. A 25% cancellation fee will be levied for cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the program. No refunds after commencement of seminar. Substitutions are allowed.
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