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Situational Practical Problem Solving FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about Tom Adair's Situational Practical Problem Solving methodology and training.  Let us know what you think by dropping a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page. How…
Problem Solving Over-Relying on Experience

Over-Relying on Experience

Case History of Five Reasons Why We Fail to Solve Problems and What We Can Do About It! -- Over-Relying on Experience Part 2 of a 5-Part SeriesThe following are five reasons why we fail in problem solvingMaking assumptions Over-relying…

Over Dependence on Memories

Case History of Five Reasons Why We Fail to Solve Problems and What We Can Do About It! -- Over-Dependence on Memories Part 5 of a 5-Part SeriesThe following are five reasons why we fail in problem solving.Making assumptions Over-relying…
Problem Solving Over-Relying on Experience

Preconceived Notions

Case History of Five Reasons Why We Fail to Solve Problems and What We Can Do About It! -- Preconceived Notions Part 4 of a 5-Part SeriesThe following are five reasons why we fail in problem solvingMaking assumptions Over-relying…

Relying on Experts

Case History of Five Reasons Why We Fail to Solve Problems and What We Can Do About It! -- Relying on Experts Part 3 of a 5-Part SeriesThe following are five reasons why we fail in problem solving.Making assumptions Over-relying…
Problem Solving Making Assumptions

Making Assumptions

Case History of Five Reasons Why We Fail to Solve Problems and What We Can Do About It! -- Making Assumptions Part 1 of a 5-Part SeriesSolving problems successfully and consistently requires discipline and practice.  It is a constant challenge…

The Path to a Problem Solving Culture, Part 2

Part 2 of a Series Leadership – the Essential Element In my last post, I evaluated the options for , as the starting point for developing a problem solving culture.  But it is a simple fact that while training may transfer knowledge,…

The Path to a Problem Solving Culure, Part 1

Part 1 of a series Problem Solving Training Those familiar with lean understand that problem solving is inextricably linked to lean’s success. A system that pursues continuous process improvement, like lean, relies upon an effective…
5 Phased Lean Implementation

Introduction to TSD's 5-Phase Implementation Model

The search for a consistent methodology to implement lean led me to many diverse places.  I considered the work of many famous management development gurus and the work on systems by my good friend Herman Gyr.  While at Toyota I became aware…
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Do you have the right consultant?

How do you distinguish a good consultant from a poor one? Most consultants, if not previously used by yourself or your company, come across as confident and a bit mysterious.   This is not necessarily bad but it means they are trying to assess…