Summer blog “logical” cleanup

Dear subscribers and regular visitors of this blog, you may have noticed over time the growing number of posts related to this fabulous logic tools called the Goal Tree. In order to facilitate navigation and tidying up my blog, I've created a specific category for Goal Tree-related posts as well as a category for the Goal … Continue reading Summer blog “logical” cleanup

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Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

What differences between the Logical Thinking Process and Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes?

Two relatively similar ‘logical thinking ways’ exist and have almost the same names: the Logical Thinking Process and Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes. One may ask why two? and what differentiate one from another? The first in time were the Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes (TOC TPs, note the plural) that were initiated by Eli … Continue reading What differences between the Logical Thinking Process and Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes?

Goal Tree Chronicles – A hierarchy in time, not of importance

A common mistake for newcomers to the Goal Tree is to understand the tree structure as a hierarchical system, with the most important Necessary Conditions on the top - the closest on the Goal - and the least important at the bottom of the tree, farther away from the Goal. In fact, the relative position … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A hierarchy in time, not of importance

Me lecturing about the Goal Tree during the June 2018 Logical Thinking Process Training Course

Paris, France, June 2018, during the Logical Thinking Process Training Course. Bill Dettmer asked me to lecture the attendees about the Goal Tree, the first of five logic tools of the Logical Thinking Process. I was happy to take over this part of the training given my love for the Goal Tree. However, the slides … Continue reading Me lecturing about the Goal Tree during the June 2018 Logical Thinking Process Training Course

Leaders, here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree for your Strategy Deployment

Subscribers to my blog or regular visitors may have noticed my deep interest in this powerful logic tool called Goal Tree. I have already posted numerous articles about it and have a special section here to share my experience: the Goal Tree Chronicles. With this post I’d like to offer a more direct insight, straighter … Continue reading Leaders, here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree for your Strategy Deployment

The Logical Thinking Process – An Executive Summary (book presentation)

Bill Dettmer, my friend and mentor often cited on this blog, published his 9th book “The Logical Thinking Process - An Executive Summary”. This new book is much smaller in size and number of pages than the famous “big green book” (The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving), only 65 pages compared … Continue reading The Logical Thinking Process – An Executive Summary (book presentation)

Goal Tree Chronicles – lessons from the logical path

May 2018. I have spent two days facilitating a seminar on strategy deployment with a bunch of motivated young intrapreneurs - middle managers empowered to run their business as if it was theirs. I based my coaching on the Goal Tree, a logic tool of choice among the Logical Thinking Process, totally suiting the purpose. … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – lessons from the logical path

Why you cannot use tentative language in a logic tree

I once happen to see a Current Reality Tree cluttered with “coulds” and “shoulds”. Conditional or tentative language cannot be used with logic trees and here is why. Cause-and-effect (sufficiency logic) The Logical Thinking Process logic trees use either sufficiency or necessity logic. Sufficiency or cause-and-effect relationship states that a cause, if it exists, is … Continue reading Why you cannot use tentative language in a logic tree

Management attention as a constraint – Part 1

A system’s constraint, the limiting factor that is an obstacle to getting more Goal units* from the system, can be pretty difficult to identify (hence the success of my post on the topic: How to identify a constraint?!). *”Goal units” can be money, profit, services to citizens, number of patients treated, free meals served, or whatever … Continue reading Management attention as a constraint – Part 1