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.
My upcoming book, Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving, is available for pre-order. It will ship on August 3, 2016.
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The book includes many of the ideas covered on this site with a deeper treatment and references. Here is a brief intro:
“Whether you are a student or a professional, you can benefit from being better at solving complex problems. Structured Problem Solving provides a general framework and practical tools to help you do so.
What do movie producers, presidents of football clubs, symphony orchestra directors, university presidents, and managers of rock bands have in common? They are all in charge of highly talented and independent people whose potential, when they work together, amounts to more than the sum of their parts. As managers, they must convince the team players to work well together.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” as Chinese philosopher Laozi said. In corporate jargon, this translates to: think big, start small, scale fast.
Making quick progress / establishing a positive foundation is important
There is a strong case for not striving for perfection from the onset of a problem but, rather, building a “victory inertia” early on. Leadership consultant Michael Watkins argues that quick wins can help build your credibility and create momentum. Nobel laureate Medawar agrees: “it is psychologically most important to get results, even if they are not original.”