Solving Problems: Generating and Evaluating Alternatives

Before generating alternative potential solutions to a problem, it's helpful to have a sense of the 'ideal state' – what the situation would look like if people had a magic wand. This provides some direction to those coming up with new ideas. After all, it's helpful to know if you're heading north or south before leaving your driveway, right?


Solving Problems: Generating and Evaluating Alternatives

 Once ideas and alternatives are on the table, evaluating which ones are the best to implement can be a daunting task. In this course, you'll first learn how to elicit descriptions of ideal states. Next, you'll find out how to use basic techniques for generating and evaluating alternative solutions to a problem. Finally, you'll learn to recognize and avoid common pitfalls that can occur while generating and evaluating alternatives.

Target Audience
Managers, supervisors, team leaders, and other business professionals who want to enhance their ability to solve business problems and make effective personal and organizational decisions


Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

Solving Problems: Generating and Evaluating Alternatives

  • recognize the best ideal state description in response to a problem
  • apply principles for effective mind mapping
  • apply best practices for facilitating a group brainstorming session
  • distinguish between various techniques for evaluating alternative solutions
  • avoid common traps in the problem-solving process
  • generate and evaluate alternative solutions in a problem-solving scenario


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