Constraints Management Group offers a unique and comprehensive constraints management
based program for executives and/or their direct reports. Through a blend of instructive
formats participants learn a repeatable strategic problem solving process, apply
that process to a defined topic within their organization and learn and internalize
the building blocks of constraints management principles for industry.
Install Thoughtware into your management system
In order to have long term success in an increasingly competitive environment, management
cannot afford to wait for opportunities to present themselves. Organizations must
ensure the ability to develop long-term and robust solutions in order to address
today’s challenges and tomorrow’s changes.
So, how effective is your management team in solving complex problems?
Many organizations and managers fight fires on a daily basis, waging the same battles
over and over again. Intuitively, we know that as long as we continue to observe
the same types of symptoms, we are not addressing the real underlying problem. So,
how do we find the real problem?
In an organization or functional area that continues to struggle with the same types
of challenges or symptoms there are often underlying and unresolved dilemmas that
tug people in at least two directions at once. These dilemmas often result in a
constant and unsatisfactory set of compromises at all levels producing consistently
poor or underwhelming results.
A breakthrough solution allows an organization or an individual to break the underlying
dilemmas and remove their related symptoms. It is a solution that is elegant; it
is both simple and extremely significant. The simplicity comes from the fact that
we are attacking the symptoms at fewer points (through the underlying dilemmas)
and the significance is defined by the knowledge of how the symptoms are connected
to and dependent upon the dilemmas. This allows a company to seize the inherent
potential lying dormant in their system in a relatively short period of time for
a relatively modest investment in time, energy and money.
But how can we can we equip people to uncover the right dilemmas and stop the “fire-fighting”
and “fire-lighting” campaigns? Furthermore, how do we come up with an effective
solution to those dilemmas and learn how to drive it through the organization? The
Strategic Solutions Program effectively answers both of these questions.
About the Strategic Solutions Program
Define a Solution/Project for your company
Work through problem, solution, implementation plan and buy-in for a strategic level
issue having a bottom line impact on your organization. A subject matter is defined
and relevant data is gathered about that subject matter in advance of the program.
The participant then learns and uses the above tool set in order to analyze the
subject matter from problem definition through solution implementation and organizational
Learn a repeatable process for strategic problem solving including:
- Current Reality Tree (CRT): Making the connections between organizational challenges
that are potentially separated by function, location, etc.
- Core Problem / Core Conflict: Identifying and resolving an organizational problem
that results in many symptomatic issues.
- Future Reality Tree (FRT): Defining and ensuring the solution will attain the necessary
- Negative Branch Reservations (NBR): Immunizing the solution from potentially disastrous
- Prerequisite Tree (PRT): Implementation planning.
- Buy-in: Gaining consensus when returning to your organization.
Achieve “Jonah” Certification
Successful completion of the Strategic Solutions Program means that the participant
will be certified a Jonah from the Theory of Constraints International Certification
Who should attend?
The SSP is intended for strategic level personnel and/or their direct reports. Examples
include organizational, divisional and functional leaders, individuals responsible
for implementing and guiding major initiatives, and internal consultants and/or
corporate change agents.
The Strategic Solutions Program will be led by CMG Managing Partner Chad Smith.
Chad has guided hundreds of executives and managers through the strategic thinking
processes of TOC over a span of 15 years. Chad is a Jonah’s Jonah as well as a certified
expert in all applications of the Theory of Constraints by the Theory of Constraints
International Certification Organization (TOCICO). Additionally, Chad is an internationally
recognized expert in demand driven planning and execution systems. He is currently
co-authoring the third revised edition of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning.
For more information about the program contact Chad at: