The Solution Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Turning Your Workplace Problems Into Opportunities

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 20, 2003 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
Problem solving is one of the most valuable skills for managers, supervisors, and executives. In The Solution Path, Tasos Sioukas combines practical techniques and tools with spirituality, life skills, and an emphasis on relationships and teams. He presents proven methods that enable readers to take action and create solutions. Unlike other books on the subject that leave readers thirsty for inspiration, Sioukas inspires readers to capitalize on positive thinking and their own creative abilities. He assists readers to understand themselves and others so that they can build effective problem-solving teams and enables them to use facilitation, a set of techniques that help team members maximize their time together. The Solution Path supports readers in taking action on a specific challenge. It provides a step-by-step path to solutions, which begins by visualizing ideal outcomes and using creativity exercises to generate as many ideas as possible, continues with synthesizing the ideas into the best workable solution, and ends with designing an action plan to make the solution a reality. The Solution Path maximizes the collective genius of teams while achieving buy-in and commitment for lasting organizational change.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Getting Started
7
2 Positive Thinking From Fear to Action
15
3 Working with Individuals and Teams
39
4 Group Facilitation
61
5 Starting with a Clear Vision
75
6 Creating Ideas
99
7 Developing the Solution
127
8 Taking Action
157
Conclusion Looking Toward the Future
185
Appendix A Resources
187
Appendix B Your Personality Type
191
Appendix C Visualization in Teams
195
Bibliography
197
Index
199
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Tasos Sioukas is an internationally recognized consultant, trainer, and educator. He has worked with numerous organizations, including Bank of America, Boeing, the City of Long Beach, Northrop Grumman, and Sempra Energy. Sioukas holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California and has won multiple awards for his work.

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