Friday, April 24, 2015

Tool: How to Get Unstuck and Get Going!

by Barbara Pratt

Whether you work in the project world or not, from time to time everyone comes up against problems or opportunities that stump them… even if the stumpage is only temporary.

For many, a problem solving tool that takes you through a logical sequence of thought which results in super-quick clarity, understanding and control can help you break through the quagmire. 

Years ago I worked closely with McKinsey & Company consultants (McKinsey & Company has been voted number one in the "The Best Consulting Firms: Prestige" list of the career intelligence website consecutively each year since 2002. The firm currently serves two-thirds of the Fortune 1000.). After much pleading and wheedling, they finally revealed the elegant 6-step process that underlies literally every service McKinsey consultants provide for clients.

My company paid millions for this expertise; this well-tested tool contains the 6 process steps plus a case study example within a simple 1-page, 2-sided PDF you can download here for free.

This easy, downloadable tool is for you IF:

You have a problem or opportunity, you find yourself thinking about it a lot, but you are not getting anywhere with it

You have a problem or opportunity so big you don’t know where to start

You have a problem or opportunity and you don’t see the solution yet

All you need is 30-90 minutes (depending on the size of your problem or opportunity), some paper and a pen. As you will see in the tool, we also recommend you try to get one or more people to do this with you – it’s certainly more fun, and almost always creates better quality results. Good luck, and do let us know how this tool works for you!

 Barbara Pratt is a respected and personable author, trainer, speaker, facilitator and business leader. With more than 25 years of experience helping Fortune 1000 companies globally, and small business CEOs locally, Barbara is proven as a skilled and speedy hands-on consultant and problem-solver. For more information, please visit: and

Barbara serves as a Project Management Adjunct Instructor for UNF Continuing Education. Find out about all of the PM courses and programs available to you at the UNF Continuing Education Project Management Central Webpage.