In this indispensable book, a widely experienced business consultant provides a complete set of analytical tools essential to successful trouble-shooting, effective planning, and making better decisions faster, more confidently, and more often.
How can you help your company solve a problem in just a few days that's been plaguing managers for three months? How can you bring a room of executives to a consensus on a critical decision that the CEO and his committee have been wrestling with for years? Of course, this is easier said than done. Indeed, not a week goes by without a major business media story about a company that has fallen on hard times and an executive that has resigned for "personal reasons." The root of the failure is usually ineffective decision-making processes, and ultimately, bad decisions. In The Thinking Manager's Toolbox, veteran consultant and renowned business thinker William J. Altier cogently presents the underpinnings of successful thinking processes and their applications, drawing on practical, real-world experiences. The first section explores the fundamentals of thinking, change, and the critical role that sound thinking processes play in effective problem solving. The second section, your basic toolbox, develops five, in-depth fundamental thinking processes. And a third section, the advanced toolbox, develops more specialized applications for creative problem solving.
Here then is a valuable primer for anyone, whether a middle manager or a CEO, seeking to solve problems and make better decisions more efficiently. The Thinking Manager's Toolbox is an invaluable resource for those seeking to develop the fundamental thinking processes necessary to perform with excellence.
"Important, useful, and practical advice for more effective problem solving and decision making are integrated with in a more comprehensive view of management."--Chris Argyris, Harvard Business School, and author of Knowledge for Action and Organizational Learning II "Whether you are a project engineer solving problems, a business person making decisions or a CEO planning for the future, there is a thinking process tool to help you do it better. Bill Altier's 'Toolbox" is a potential competitive advantage--use it before your competitors do."--Nance K. Dicciani, Senior Vice President, Rohm and Hass Company "The Thinking Manager's Toolbox offers a clear and concise guide to improving one's decision making and problem solving skills. Having used these techniques with excellent results, I highly recommend this work."--John K. Herdklotz, former president of Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
|Setting the Scene||p. 1|
|Thinking Battles--Winning and Losing||p. 3|
|Change: The Name of the Game||p. 13|
|Process Expertise--A Critical Managing Skill||p. 19|
|The Basic Toolbox||p. 25|
|Situation Assessment||p. 27|
|Decision Analysis||p. 43|
|Implementation Planning||p. 79|
|Potential Problem/Opportunity Analysis||p. 99|
|Problem Analysis||p. 115|
|The Advanced Toolbox||p. 151|
|On the Role of Meetings||p. 153|
|Specialized Decision Analysis Tools||p. 163|
|Potential Future Change--Opportunities and Disasters||p. 179|
|On Creativity||p. 187|
|Problem-Solving Worksheets||p. 203|
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Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5