Problem-Solving Training

Course Overview

Imagine increasing productivity, reducing waste and improving customer satisfaction by developing a process for effectively solving problems.

If you are tired of applying dead-end solutions to recurring problems in your company, this workshop should help you reconstruct your efforts and learn new ways to approach problem-solving, and develop practical ways to solve some of your most pressing problems and reach win-win decisions that you will be confident in.

This workshop includes dynamic trainee/trainer interactions and discussions, written and oral exercises, voice recordings, case studies, reflection, quizzes and a workbook for each participant to take back to the workplace.

Target Audience

Everyday managers and staff who tackle issues and make decisions affecting the performance of their business.

Course Outline

SECTION 1: Increase awareness of Problem-Solving Steps and Tools

1. The Steps in Problem-Solving (The Problem-Solving Model)
a. Phase One: Problem Identification
i. Perception
ii. Definition
iii. Analysis
b. Phase Two: Decision Making
i. Solution-Generation
ii. Evaluation
iii. Decision-making
c. Phase Three: Planning and Organizing
i. Plan a course of action

ii. Implement Plan

2. The Problem-Solving Toolkit
a. The Lasso
b. Is/Is Not
c. Graphics
d. Basic Questions
e. Break it Up
f. Force Field Analysis
g. Generalize/Exemplify
h. Expert
i. Fishbone (cause and effect diagram)
j. SWOT Analysis

SECTION 2: Distinguish Root Causes from Symptoms to Solve Problems the Right Way

1. Root cause VS symptoms
2. Making Win-Win Decisions
3. Problem Solving Defined
a. Types of Problems
b. Approaches to Problems
c. General Characteristics of Problems
4. Solving Problems the “Right” Way
5. Legitimising Problems

SECTION 3: Improve Problem-Solving Skills by Understanding Own Style

1. Different Problem-Solving Styles Explained
a. The Accommodators
b. The Converger
c. The Diverger
d. The Assimilator

SECTION 4: Identify ways to think creatively and work towards creative solutions

1. The Solution-Generation Toolkit
a. Brainstorming
b. Checkerboard
c. Cut up solutions and move them around
d. Look at what others have done
e. Pre-Determined Criteria
f. Pro’s and Cons (Advantages and Disadvantages)

SECTION 5: Develop the Confidence to Tackle Problems Efficiently and Effectively

1. Ten ingredients for good decision-making
2. Confidence in making the right decision
3. Be aware of the decision-making pitfalls

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Rachel Johnson
Course Details

Course Delivery Method: 

E-learning E-learning

Blended Blended

In Class In Class

Distance Distance

Presented Presented Courses

In House In-House

On Demand On Demand

Course Duration: 

1 Day


R2,595 ex vat (contact us for our excellent on-site, Google Meet and e-learning rates)