Master Basic Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
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Master Basic Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

A short, sharp course to tackling life’s biggest challenges: Understanding ourselves and making the right choices.
4.3 (13 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,346 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to make better decisions and plan strategically
  • Use the models to resolve conflicts and deliver great feedback
  • Conduct a product analysis
Requirements
  • Nothing: Arrive ready to learn :)
  • Working Internet Connection
Description

** ACCORDING TO WORKFORCE: "Decision making and problem-solving skills are the most important skills in the 21st century."

** SPECIAL FREE BONUS** EXCEL DECISION MAKING WORKBOOK INCLUDED. In order to further improve the student experience, there is a free download of an Excel workbook packed with activities and ready to use models. This helps ensure everything is even easier to understand & even more fun and engaging! **

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? In this course, you will learn a range of problem solving and decision making strategies. This course covers important topics such as decision making skills, conflict resolution models, product analysis and strategic thinking. You will learn or remind yourself of these concepts that will help make you more successful!

The contents of this course are all based on my work experience as a Policy Analyst in The Office of the Presidency of South Africa, founder of Grow2Lead, a leadership and non-profit organization in South Africa and a Data Associate for a leading Education nonprofit in New York City. I received a PhD from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Bush School of Government. This course ties together both my theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a dynamic, practical and applicable way.

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Students of this course will enjoy learning a range of problem solving and decision making strategies….from the Eisenhower Model, SWOT analysis, to the Long Tail, and Integration Techniques.  Use this course to take your career to the next level!

What are the requirements?

  • Come ready to learn :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Join a global community of students!

  • Superb reviews!

  • Over fifteen decision making and problem solving strategies!

  • Learn how to make better decisions!

  • Use the models to resolve conflicts and deliver great feedback!

  • After this course you will have the tools / skills needed to make important decision to take you to the next level!

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning about or brushing up on their decision making skills.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in learning about or brushing up on their decision making skills.
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 56:36
+ Introduction
3 lectures 09:14

In this lecture I describe the decision making workbook. Especially, where to find each skill and how to use the resource most effectively.

Preview 01:21
Download Your Free Resources Here
00:13

In this lecture I describe the decision making workbook. Especially, where to find each skill and how to use the resource most effectively.

Preview 07:40
The ability to solve problems is a basic life skill and is essential to our day-to-day lives, at home, at school, and at work. We solve problems every day without really thinking about how we solve them. In this assignment we will take steps to solve problems.
Make Sure You Are Solving The Correct Problem
3 questions
+ Problem Solving Techniques
4 lectures 16:22

The IDEAL model is a revolutionary problem solving tool. Find out more in this lecture.

Preview 04:08

We can often be the barrier to our own process. Find out more in this lecture.

How to Get Out Of Your Own Problem Solving Way
06:31

The John Whitmore model is useful to evaluate goals. In this lecture we craft a goal, and then use a criteria to ensure that it reaches at least 80% of an effectively worded goal.

John Whitmore Model
02:11

Explore a decision tool used by a former president in this session. We also use a table to categorize a problem into quadrants.

Eisenhower Matrix
03:32
+ Decision Making Strategies
4 lectures 07:14

The rubber band model is perfect for discerning between to "good" decisions. In this session we explore the thrust of this framework.

Rubber Band Model
02:18

Perhaps the oldest and most common form of decision making, this lecture provides an short and sweet overview of the pros and cons model.

Pros and Cons
01:18

Placing a product in the market requires a lot of planning and strategy. The Long Tail approach helps us think about this further.

SWOT Analysis
01:18
Now that you have a couple problem solving strategies in your toolbox, let's practice. In this exercise, you are given a scenario and you will be asked to decide what steps you would take to identify and solve the problem.
Case Study: Apply Your Decision Making Techniques
3 questions

This lecture describes decision paths in the form of a tree. It then guides you how to enter your own decisions into the matrix and make a decision.

Decision Tree
02:20
+ Conflict Resolution Strategies
3 lectures 08:29
Conflict Resolution Model
02:41

Placing a product in the market requires a lot of planning and strategy. The Long Tail approach helps us think about this further.

Integration Model
03:48
Feedback Model
02:00
+ Product Analysis
4 lectures 15:16

This lecture describes the 20/80 principle.

Pareto Effect
03:45

Placing a product in the market requires a lot of planning and strategy. The Long Tail approach helps us think about this further.

Long Tail Effect
01:43

This model is perfect for thinking about how to position your product or business in relation to market share and market growth.

BCG Box
04:49
Cost Benefit Analysis
04:59