We're big believers in keeping things simple. In our experience, the most impactful strategies in business, always look that way. With that in mind, I thought it might be worth sharing one of our favourite problem-solving tool combinations, aimed at getting to the nub of the issue, quickly and effectively.
With that in mind, I thought it might be worth sharing one of our favourite problem-solving tool combinations, aimed at getting to the nub of the issue, quickly and effectively.
We find this tool sequence helps solve most issues and results in an actionable ONE PAGE PLAN at the end of the process.
(It's also great for developing a simple strategy too).
Step 1: A good old-fashioned Mindmap! ('fleshing out the issue').
Mind Mapping is a simple but powerful tool to help flesh out an issue or develop an opportunity on almost any topic. It allows everyone involved to clearly see all the surrounding issues or points to consider when thinking about an issue.
Step 2: Select the top 2 or 3 key strategies: Pareto
Pareto (also known as the 80:20 rule) helps us select the 20% of ideas which will have the biggest impact on the issue at hand.
So from the initial Mind Map we would select the top 2 or 3 aspects which if addressed, would have the biggest impact on that particular issue.
Step 3: Driving strategy into action: Force Field
Not the stuff of Science Fiction but an incredibly powerful focusing tool. We use it to help drive key issues into actions. The true power of this tool comes from the fact it helps us look at both the positive and negative forces impacting an issue.
Step 4: One Page Plan
This is the final step in the process where we put all the hard work you have done into an actionable: ONE PAGE BUSINESS PLAN
With the One Page Plan you now have a document you can use to drive the successful fixing of the key issue or development of the opportunity at hand.
So, as you can see, sometimes it doesn't have to be complex to be effective.
If you're struggling to overcome a problem or action an opportunity in your business, why not fire up your trusty Mind Map software (we have our favourite but there are loads available) and see how you get on.
If you’re keen to get going with fixing issues in your business but not sure where to start, let’s grab a coffee