Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making

Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making plays a critical role in the success or  failure of 21st century business. In today’s fast-moving business world, most roles require an effective level of problem solving and innovative skills ability. Unfortunately, the level of problem-solving proficiency among employees differs widely from one person to another. The ability of staff to identify the most probable and correct cause of a problem “first time, every time” is a rare occurrence. Staff members need to work together to create collaborative solutions to rectify situations and today this has become highly sought-after skill set. When we look at the top 10 trending critical skills for employees in the 21st Century, you will notice that at least six of the ten skills fall within the problem-solving category.

Trending, 2022

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Creativity, originality and initiative
  • Technology design and programming
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation

Source: Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum.

Regardless of your industry or mission, effective problem solvers are going to be the value drivers that contribute most to your organizations performance. Organizational support for a common approach to problem solving doesn’t begin and end with hiring the personnel. Support their problem-solving talents by providing them with the tools to ensure their professional development and learning.

It is time to identify, recognize and nourish those individuals who have demonstrated the ability to solve problems. If Project Managers can be classified into various levels of professionalism, then we should be able to do the same for professional problem solvers who have earned the credentials through learning and/or experience.

In an increasingly complex and demanding problem-solving world, professional certification ensures that problem solvers are officially recognized and will be ready to meet the demands of problem solving across the globe. Enrich your skill set and face problems/challenges head-on with an IPPS certification. Learn more about the IPPS certifications and find one that’s right for you by Downloading this PDF document

There are three certification levels namely:

Foundation Problem Solver

This is the 1st level and issued to any applicant that successfully completed a recognized problem solving workshop.

Problem Solver Practitioner

This is the certificate for an applicant that demonstrated the successful use of problem solving methodologies

Master Problem Solver

Someone who initiated and closed off a continuous improvement project successfully

If you are interested or looking for more information please follow the link alongside to Download the IPPS Information Sheet.

Link to the IPPS site

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