Category Archives for "Problem Solving Decision Making"

Use an Excel-Based Decision Matrix for Critical Decisions

Problem Solving Decision Making

Prioritizing, justifying, and documenting decisions are easier when you use an Excel-based decision matrix. However, there are a few rules that will make this work better for you. For clarity, this description and the downloadable Excel sheet show a set of prioritized projects. You can use this method to prioritizing or deciding between many types […]

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How to Create a Static Four Quadrant – Matrix Model in an Excel Chart

Excel - Dynamic Dashboards and Charts , Problem Solving Decision Making

The Four Quadrant – Matrix Model is a valuable decision making tool. This article will show you how to create a Four Quadrant – Matrix Model in an Excel chart, add multi-line data labels to each data point, add a graphic background, and more. Another article shows you how to create a dynamic Four Quadrant […]

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Excel’s Four Quadrant – Matrix Model Chart : Don’t Make a Decision without It!

Excel - Dynamic Dashboards and Charts , Problem Solving Decision Making

The Four Quadrant or Matrix Model is one the most valuable and widely used tools for decision making. The related article shows you how to create the two most used types using Excel charts. This article has short descriptions of a few famous Four Quadrant – Matrix Model charts.  You can’t be a successful consultant […]

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Best Practice Brainstorming

Problem Solving Decision Making

Sitting through a “worst practices” brainstorming is frustrating and pointless. This article gives you a step-by-step process for best practice brainstorming. This process works. It’s fun. And it produces results. It’s the basis for many processes that Critical to Success will describe in other articles. For example, you can expand on this brainstorming process to […]

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Most Brainstorming is Worthless when It Could be Awesome!

Problem Solving Decision Making

Brainstorming is a very important creative business tool – When You Do It Right! The problem is that most brainstorming sessions could produce so much better results. The brainstorming process I’m about to describe follows best-practices in neuroscience research. I’ve used it for years. It’s fun and it produces great results. The first brainstorming session […]

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Post-It ®Notes – Power Tools for the Brain

Problem Solving Decision Making

3M Post-It® notes are like power tools for the brain. Actually, a better metaphor is that they are power tools for multiple brains working together. Post-It notes are great tools for generating ideas, developing project management work flows, mapping processes, developing tasks lists, and more. If you’re working with a group you will want to […]

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