Many seemingly unrelated problems share a similar structure. Being able to recognize these similarities and knowing a few standard framework, such as the saturation framework, can help you solve those more efficiently and effectively.
Recently, I had a conversation with a dean of engineering. He was looking for a big idea—one to take his school from here (top 30 nationwide) to there—the ultra-nerd stratosphere. I offered that he promoted training his students and faculty to think strategically. This is what I sell, so I’m […]
A central aspect of my approach to solving complex problems builds on the widespread agreement that effective problem solvers are T-shaped, with both depth and breadth of knowledge. Develop a breadth of skills & knowledge The breadth of knowledge—what I call strategic thinking—includes having sufficient exposure to other fields so that you can […]
I live in Houston and I bike to work. That makes me part of a very, very small minority. It also puts me at risk. Close calls with car drivers are frequent (although mine are not as bad as some), and they invariably trigger a spike in my heart rate. […]
My upcoming book, Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving, is available for pre-order. It will ship on August 3, 2016. Get it from Amazon. Get it from Oxford University Press. Get it from Barnes & Noble. The book includes many of the ideas covered on this site with a deeper treatment and […]