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Insights from the Problem-Solving Process: A new theory for development work?

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The essence of development work is identifying and helping to solve problems. Historically, development work has honored and valued procedural approaches to problem solving. However, in today’s complex world this approach to problem solving often restricts new insights and wisdom from emerging. Regretfully, this approach also can also limit resolutions to the community problems from becoming sustainable over the long haul.

Today’s leaders must move beyond procedural problem solving strategies to embrace the value of process driven strategies that can create and nurture common problem solving spaces. The challenge for developers in complex settings is how we can make the ability to create common problem solving spaces (below the waterline) as measurable, objective, and readily visible as the solutions (above the waterline).

Dr. Sims will expand upon the case shared by Mr. Mohr to share emerging thinking from the field of leadership development about process-oriented “below the waterline” approaches. Central to new approaches is learning to value the process of identifying and analyzing problems as a group as much as the solutions. She will engage the audience to explore how to make these skills, the processes operating below the water line, more visible, more objective and more measurable.

Research shows that no single model will work in every context. Both models of problem solving are needed. Often, however, the social capacities and organizational structures underlying the problem solving processes being used remain hidden and thus an impediment to creating and implementing new visions of what is possible.
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Sims, Pearl. "Insights from the Problem-Solving Process: A new theory for development work?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494052_index.html>

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Sims, P. G. "Insights from the Problem-Solving Process: A new theory for development work?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494052_index.html

Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The essence of development work is identifying and helping to solve problems. Historically, development work has honored and valued procedural approaches to problem solving. However, in today’s complex world this approach to problem solving often restricts new insights and wisdom from emerging. Regretfully, this approach also can also limit resolutions to the community problems from becoming sustainable over the long haul.

Today’s leaders must move beyond procedural problem solving strategies to embrace the value of process driven strategies that can create and nurture common problem solving spaces. The challenge for developers in complex settings is how we can make the ability to create common problem solving spaces (below the waterline) as measurable, objective, and readily visible as the solutions (above the waterline).

Dr. Sims will expand upon the case shared by Mr. Mohr to share emerging thinking from the field of leadership development about process-oriented “below the waterline” approaches. Central to new approaches is learning to value the process of identifying and analyzing problems as a group as much as the solutions. She will engage the audience to explore how to make these skills, the processes operating below the water line, more visible, more objective and more measurable.

Research shows that no single model will work in every context. Both models of problem solving are needed. Often, however, the social capacities and organizational structures underlying the problem solving processes being used remain hidden and thus an impediment to creating and implementing new visions of what is possible.


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