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Developmental problem solving

Making a step change in leadership team performance

What is the need?

There is often a dis-connect between the behaviours between team members on away days or at social events and the behaviours exhibited when the same individuals are facing stressful situations competing for resources and recognition.

These stressful situations occur every day and can cause sub optimal decision making, slow down the capacity of teams to problem solve and create division within teams.
The need is to find a way for teams to keep aligned, focused and effective even under times of difficulty.

High performance respects emotion and courage and practice

What if teams could practise those difficult situations? What if whilst practising they solve real problems, deepen relationships and build resilience for the team and the organisation?

A safe place will be created for teams to explore their emotional responses to each other and to real business situations. Using simple frameworks and live issues teams can identify desired behaviours and practise them under stressful situations that mirror life on the job.

They will develop a realistic and fast problem solving approach and at the same time learn how to give each other real shifting feedback.

High performing teams need to practise. Organisations invest in training and in team building but how much do they invest in practising what will happen in challenging and stressful situations? In every other field of learning and performance for example sport and music, practice is essential. In business most practice happens on the job.

Developmental problem solving is an approach that will enable teams to see a step change in their performance.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success

“One of the most valuable contributions anyone can make to another person’s learning is constructive feedback. Whether as a student or as a teacher each one of us has the capacity to provide useful information to other people, which will help them to learn more effectively”

David Boud


“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find no such case.”

Charles Darwin