Effective problem solvers are T-shaped, complementing a speciality in a discipline with a broader set of transferrable skills. We all get trained in the specialist dimension, but most of us don't get much formal training on transferrable skills. These, it seems, we're expected to develop on the go.
This session will introduce some basic concepts to help you develop your strategic thinking abilities. We'll break down the problem-resolution process in four steps, and we'll talk about concrete tools to help you progress through these steps.
Arnaud Chevallier is an associate vice provost at Rice University. His interest is in helping people solve complex problems. His book, Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving, provides concrete ideas to make sense of complex situations.
A recovering strategy consultant, he works in nonprofit administration. Since 2011, at Rice, he's held responsibilities in graduate and postdoctoral studies, academic affairs, and strategic partnerships. He teaches in the school of engineering and the center for civic leadership.
Arnaud grew up in France before coming to the US for graduate school. He holds a PhD from Rice in mechanical engineering.