Tools to elevate your impact and influence

Most people are solving the wrong problems. But not you!

With these proven tools and canvases, powerful new insights and ideas are available to solve your most important problems.

That uncommon problem-solving success will elevate your impact and ability to influence and thrive in the world of work.

Start using these tools today!

Smashing the State of Dumb-stuck
Felicity Furey

“Rather than your typical ‘cover to cover read’ that gets left on the shelf, this book will stay on your desk as your secret toolkit. It’s jam-packed with great insights. I wish I had it when I was starting my career.”

 Felicity Furey, WeAspire Future Leaders

“Nick has produced the rarest of things — a management book combining decades of research and real-world experiences in a remarkably practical set of tools. It should be mandatory reading.”

|   Clare John Fairfield, Venture Capital Institute

Free tools and canvases to download and share

Use and share these tools. Normalise better problem-solving. It’s what leaders do.
Problem Solving Roadmap

Problem Solving Roadmap

  • Practical guide to the essential steps
  • Powerful questions to guide your action
  • Matching tools to make your work more effective
Kickoff Canvas

The Kick-off Canvas

  • Enables rapid problem definition and diagnosis
  • Clarifies your problem and vision of success
  • Simple but powerful tool for team sense-making
Powerful Questions

Powerful Questions Canvas

  • Reinforces the value of brainstorming questions
  • Refines and prioritises questions to drive success
  • Triggers the connection of tools to questions
Value@Risk Canvas

Value@Risk Canvas

  • Brings value at risk from inaction into focus
  • Quantifies most material costs and benefits
  • Enables more rational decision making
Cynefin framework

Cynefin Framework

  • Exposes critical differences in problem types
  • Provides a useful problem characterisation language
  • Enables effective targeting of effort and expertise
Problem Characterisation

Problem Characterisation Canvas

  • Rich expose’ of problem types in one page
  • Flags big risks to problem solvers
  • Focuses leaders on their most important work
Levels of Work

Levels of Work Framework

  • Links problem types with levels of work
  • Outlines mindset and success styles
  • Highlights style shifts required for growth
5 Whys Canvas

5 Whys Canvas

  • Exposes the root causes of a problem
  • Exposes a wider suite of better solutions
  • Better focuses effort and investment
Causal layered analysis

Causal Layered Analysis Canvas

  • Exposes the real causes of human problems
  • Enables testing and shifts in worldviews
  • Can catalyse transformational solutions
Program Logic Canvas

Program Logic Canvas

  • Sharpens your focus on outcomes
  • Ensures actions are effective and efficient
  • Valuable for program review and improvement
DREAM Model Canvas

DREAM Model Canvas

  • Drives high value information by design
  • Enables decision-led monitoring programs
  • Achieves better monitoring while cost saving
Workshop Scoping Canvas

Workshop Scoping Canvas

  • Brings focus to your desired outcomes
  • Fosters use of questions to clarify the work
  • Links tools to questions to drive productivity

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