In my day-to-day interactions with clients, leaders, innovators, and change-makers, one question frequently arises: How can I enhance my strategic problem-solving skills?


Strategic problem solving is a key skill that many business leaders, innovators and change makers are looking to improve. I can see this in my research, and hear this from clients and members. These skills have become particularly important as the world becomes more complex. Professionals are starting to understand that you cannot simply transplant “best practices” into a new context and hope that it works. It is most likely that it won’t. You need flexible problem solving skills that you can apply to any challenge.

I think you’ll find these strategic problem solving tips useful.

3 ideas for improving your strategic problem solving

  1. Draw visual diagrams – If you missed last week’s edition, read how to improve your strategic planning, with a visual technique to “unravel the spaghetti”. Co-create this with your team.

  2. Write things down – this is a useful technique for clearing your headspace. This frees you up for better problem solving by removing the cognitive strain on your short term memory. Write down your “to do” lists, things you are thinking about (even your dreams), your worries, your ideas. I have 1,417 notes on my iPhone, synced to my Mac. Such a great way to Turbocharge my productivity, so easy to find what I need.

  3. Want a free toolkit? Recently, an ex McKinsey colleague of mine based in New York, Will Bachman, shared a toolkit for McKinsey-style problem solving. Here is a link to Will’s post with instructions to request a copy from him.If you’d like to know how to approach problem solving McKinsey-style, I cover this in the Turbocharge membership. My live masterclasses are one hour express on Zoom each month, designed for busy people. Or catch the recordings in the membership hub.


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Quote of the week

“We don’t rise to the level of our goals. We fall to the level of our systems.” James Clear.


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About Lisa Carlin

As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

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