Solve problems critically

Defining the problem

Clarify what question to answer and what factors to consider at the start of problem solving

For all professionals

Defining the problem
Why this topic matters

No matter how great of a problem solver you are, your talents will go nowhere if you’re solving the wrong problem. Great problem solving begins by defining problems in a structured way — even when you don’t have all the info.

What participants will do together
  • Fill out a Problem Definition Worksheet for a complex problem
  • Practice how to surface misaligned assumptions by comparing worksheets
  • Identify how to use Problem Definition Worksheets in real life
  • Exchange feedback and reflections
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Participant reflections

"I learned the value of team planning in a project kick-off and the dangers with avoiding problem definition."

"It's important to think through problems thoroughly and be open to different ideas and interpretations."

"I want to be more intentional with aligning team members when kicking off a new project."

"People bring different expectations to a project. It's important to make assumptions explicit so you don't waste time solving the wrong problem."

"This was a fun and immersive experience with coworkers—I love the mix of group and solo work. I am a fan!"

"This was a terrific combination of individual and group learning. The tech feels groundbreaking!"

"This is a way better experience than watching eye-numbing videos. I love it."

"I love that Sparkwise makes it possible to chat with colleagues in real time while solving interesting problems."

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Built on real-world expertise

Give your team practical skills. Bite-sized lessons distill insights that leaders have gained from McKinsey, Google, Mobius, and more.

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