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Continuous Improvement in Crisis

by Gordon Adelsberg and Scott Whitbread, published by LinkedIn

Jun. 8, 2017

"During an assessment at a client site, I asked a supervisor, 'So what do you do around here?' He responded, 'Everything except my job title.' Unfortunately, he wasn’t joking..."


Where Simple Solutions Go to Die… and How to Help Them Live

by Scott Whitbread, published by New Theory

Mar. 22, 2017

"Imagine your business has run into a major problem somewhere in its operations. Something has gone wrong and people are panicking. How confident are you that your business will quickly and permanently resolve the issue?..."


3 Tips for Unleashing Your Business’s Secret Weapon

by Nat Greene and Thorsten Hofmann, published by New Theory

Mar. 13, 2017

"Great businesses are set apart by their ability to solve the hardest problems that they inevitably face. Organizations that can identify and solve hard problems in operations, sales, HR, and other areas have a comparative advantage that allows them to break away from the pack, while those who can’t may stagnate and slowly degrade..."


To Cut Costs on the Road to Sustainability, Try Problem Solving

by Nat Greene, published by Money Inc.

Mar. 9, 2017

"Whether facing consumer pressure, dealing with regulatory requirements, or simply looking to help the world, environmental sustainability has been built into the strategies of many businesses in a way that was unheard of 30 years ago. But most of these businesses believe there’s a fundamental conflict between cost and sustainability..."


Stop Blaming Your Boss for All Your Problems

by Nat Greene, published by Fortune

Feb. 28, 2017

"I've been asked more than once how to deal with an incompetent boss. When you find yourself in this situation, you’re likely to feel frustration and helplessness..."


The 9 Critical Problem Solving Behaviors Your Team Must Know

by Nat Greene, published by CEOWorld

Mar. 24, 2017

"Great companies solve hard problems well. Whether it’s a customer’s problem or an obstacle standing in the way of growth, finding effective solutions is what separates the best from the also-rans..."


6 Ways to Set Your Small Business Apart with Problem Solving

by Nat Greene, published by Businessing

Mar. 23, 2017

"Every business faces major problems that put its future at risk. Whether these problems are in supply chain, sales, HR, or product design, how your business responds to these problems will help shape what the business becomes in the future..."


To Solve a Hard Problem, Change These Two Mindsets

by Mark Rosenbaum and Nat Greene, published by New Theory

Feb. 26, 2017

"When we’re brought into an organization to help it solve a hard problem, we’re often introduced to the situation like this: 'Oh, the solution to this one is easy: we just need to build a whole new second well — or plant — or warehouse.' Then comes the next part of that statement: 'And good luck getting capital approval for that...'"


5 Great Reasons for Getting the “Guess” Out of Guesswork

by Nat Greene, published by Business 2 Community

Feb. 14, 2017

"Humans are hardwired to guess their way out of sticky situations. It’s a natural brain function that helped our ancestors survive: “Hmmm. Which tool will kill that saber-toothed tiger?” Great problem solvers, however, resist that instinctual temptation. Why?..."


How to Become a Better Problem Solver

by Jim Blasingame featuring Nat Greene, published by The Small Business Advocate

Feb. 7, 2017

"Nat Greene joins Jim Blasingame to reveal several problem solving practices that will help you address challenges more efficiently and predictably."


Use these specific problem-solving techniques

by Jim Blasingame featuring Nat Greene, published by The Small Business Advocate

Feb. 7, 2017

"Nat Greene joins Jim Blasingame to reveal several practices that will help you become a better problem solver, including embracing your ignorance and be careful how you depend on experts."


Stop Guessing: An Interview with Nat Greene

by Phil Simon, published by The Huffington Post

Feb. 7, 2017

"Some of my favorite books address decision making and human biases. It turns out that we’re generally not very good at making decisions—even relatively simple ones..."


 Surprising Truths About Guessing Your Way Out Of A Problem

by Nat Greene, published by Young Upstarts

Jan. 11, 2017

"Sherlock Holmes said, “I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty.” But most of us guess all the time..."


The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers

by Nat Greene, published by Innovation Excellence

Jan. 6, 2017

"The great problem solvers of the world are no smarter than anyone else. What sets them apart are the behaviors they use on the hunt for solutions..."


Meeting Your Growth Goals During the Manufacturing Boom

by Corey Pappel, Mike George, and Taylor Milner, published by Industry Week

May 18, 2015

"Manufacturing is expected to grow over the next few years in the U.S. Even with a recent slowdown, a MAPI foundation report predicts U.S. manufacturing will grow slightly faster than the general economy in 2015 and 2016. Industry growth is a great opportunity, but doesn’t guarantee one’s success..."


Executive Roundtable: Travel Talk

by Joe Kornik featuring Taylor Milner, published by Consulting Magazine

Dec. 30, 2010

"Travel management is probably one of your firm’s largest controllable expenses. And, its impact on work/life balance affects employee morale. So, what are you doing about it?..."