01 Jul THINK in TPMG

About THINKING, the first step for TPMG

T = Think
P = Plan
M= Make Decisions
G = Go for it




  • Examples

verb (used without object), thought, thinking.

to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, rememberingexperiences, making rational
decisions, etc.

  1. to employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealingwith a given situation:

Think carefully before you begin.”

Plus 26 other definitions.

Why is this so important? For many reasons.

An example: today we all have access to many, many digital programs, templates, case studies. It is easy to begin work, for example, on a spreadsheet without careful, diligent analysis of the variables that are more or less within your control, to produce what looks like a crisp analysis complete with graphs and statistics, but the front end thinking is the differentiator.

Another reason: most aspects of our working days require problem solving. The first question is whether or not we have adequately and accurately defined the problem. Or have we only defined the symptoms, the appearance of a problem or the outcomes?

It was quite annoying in various classes in mathematics or physics to have a professor utter these words, “The solution is trivial ( – or obvious).”

Sometimes I could agree and sometimes I was clueless. Why? I was not solving the right problem.

Experience has taught me that understanding the problem, what was causing it, how important it was, what the inputs were that could be managed and what inputs were outside my control often did make the solution a trivial or an obvious exercise. Without spending the time figuring this out can mean that the solution (or solutions) simply wastea time and creates mental clutter.

Once the problem is defined – then what?

Have your tried brainstorming for solutions? It generally produces rich and varied results. And then what, once again? How does one sort through all the possibilities and make a plan? That is a process and an art. TPMG has demonstrated expertise in facilitating new, as well as the usual, solutions. Just as important, TPMG has a process for sorting through
n-tuple ideas/solutions to chart a path forward with clear expectations.

Hence, diving into problem solving without setting up the problem and having a good, deep understanding of what the problem is, what the consequences of ignoring it are, and how it fits into all of the potential problems can squander people, time, and money resources without having any correlated return on that investment.

It is why we start with THINK in TPMG.

A.C. Nielsen, July 2015                                     Let us know how we can help… – and let me know if there are any particular topics you would like to have addressed sooner rather than later at