What's Your Problem? To Solve Your Toughest Problems, Change the Problems You Solve
November 30, 2021: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us live at the Chicago Booth London Campus for a session with two-time author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg as we explore how reframing problems helps get to better solutions.
Chicago Booth London Campus
One Bartholomew Close, Barts Square
London EC1A 7BL, United Kingdom
Closest tube stations are St. Paul's, Farringdon and Barbican
In this in-person session, Thomas will share the key framework from his latest book "What's Your Problem?". The book focuses on how to solve the right problems through reframing. The importance of reframing becomes clear when you look at how people tend to approach problem-solving. By nature, people are often action-oriented and tend to rely on trial-and-error. That is often a good approach. But the tendency to 'jump into action' also creates a danger that people keep trying new solutions without understanding whether they understand the problem correctly – or if they are even targeting the right problem in the first place. The trial-and-error approach benefits tremendously from being combined with reframing; a little bit of analysis can save people a great deal of wasted effort. Join the session and learn a crucial skill that comes personally recommended by Adam Grant, Amy Edmondson, Eric Schmidt, and countless other executives and thought leaders.
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is a two-time author with Harvard Business Press. His work on innovation and problem solving has been translated into 17 languages. His latest book What's Your Problem? was recommended by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt with the words "If you want the superpower of solving better problems, read this book." Thomas's research has been featured in The Economist, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Financial Times. Thinkers50 named him a "Top 30 Management Thinker to Watch". His work is used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world. Thomas is originally Danish. Prior to his current career, he served as an officer with the Danish Royal Guards. His first book, Innovation as Usual (HBR Press), shared how to make innovation happen in big organizations.
Thomas will be introduced by Sophia Matveeva, MBA'16, founder of Tech for Non-Techies, an education company and consultancy.
GBP30 (this includes a copy of the book "What's Your Problem?")
6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Registration and Networking
6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Session with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
7:30 PM-9:00 PM: Networking Reception
This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.