Problem Solver

Chris Applegarth

My style is engagement, participation and involvement. We all have opinions, and should all be allowed to state our case, views, thoughts and ideas in a logical and structured fashion. I am experienced in using a number of tools that facilitate decision making, or altering a perspective on a problem or challenge. I find that by using such techniques it is possible to 'see the other pieces of the elephant' that maybe were not visible from our original viewpoint. Examples are De Bono, Michalko or Buzan tools. Problem solving is a marathon not a sprint, and requires as much training as does completing the 26 mile race itself. No one would attempt a serious running competition without coaching, likewise no one should contemplate trying to discover a solution without having used tools and techniques designed for the purpose. 'Brainstorming' on its own is as outmoded as going running in a pair of sandals, and then wondering why your feet blister and hurt.

Areas Chris Applegarth is Knowledgeable in:

Technology, Internet, Telecoms, Sports, Organization, Change Management, HR, People Conflict Resolution, Football Club Governance, Living in France, Living in Switzerland (Vaud), International Travel, Bringing up Teenage Children, Youth Sports, Small Businesses, Schools Governance

Techniques Chris Applegarth Uses:

De Bono, Michalko, Buzan. Applied Lateral Thinking - Six Hats; Thinkertoys; MindMaps

Chris Applegarth's Problem Solving Skills:

  1. Resolving conflict between individuals, teams, factions, cultures
  2. Translating technical features into social or business benefit
  3. Creating or Improving Ideas to derive social or business benefit
  4. Facilitating the Ideas Creation process for a group

Chris Applegarth's Problem Solving Experience:

  1. Turning a Voice over power grids solution into a high speed internet access solution. Nortel 1997-98
  2. Managed a Global Change program to resolve conflict between Global Account Executives in USA, their colleagues in Europe, As-Pac; and the clients extending their global reach. Amended Exec comp plans to encourage cross-regional co-operation, through to Regional President level.
  3. Encouraged a US-Czech-Slovak JV to work with a UK-Canada supplier thro' involvement in education programs in UK and USA. Contract won to supply first public data network in E.Europe.