Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:30am to 2:30pm
Point Grey
Presented by Russel Horwitz of Kwela

They say that “all of today’s problems were caused by yesterday’s solutions”. The modern business environment is characterized by rapid change and adaption, requiring effective problem solving at all levels. However, deficiencies in the problem-solving process can produce varying results, from “fixes” that have little effect to others that generate even bigger problems down the road or flounder though lack of stakeholder buy-in. Fortunately, there are best practices that if learned and used by key decision makers, will improve your organization for the long term.

In addition to providing the tools and locking them in through extensive exercises, the workshop is made relevant to each participant by having them use what they have learned to analyse and solve existing business problems in their own part of the organization.

Participants can expect:

  • Greater ability to think broadly about problems.
  • More effective stakeholder involvement to balance decision quality, speed and level of consensus required for the situation.
  • Greater creativity in developing ideas.
  • Fixes that are more likely to work and less likely to create other problems.

Russel is one of Kwela’s two founders and his expertise includes leadership development, team development, executive coaching, and training on a wide variety of topics. He has worked extensively as a leadership consultant / trainer since 2004 across a wide variety of sectors, including government, publically-held, private and non-profit. Russel's experience also includes fourteen years in the high technology/engineering sector, where he held management roles in product development, marketing, customer service and training. Russel holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

This is a free event for AAPS members. Interested members may register on the Professional Development Registration System.