- Learn basic task and process skills that can be applied to any problem
- Distinguish Driving Forces and Restraining Forces
- Understand how Drivers and Restrainers impact problem solving
- Move an actual problem toward a solution
- Discover how to design an action plan to achieve an objective
The Force Field Problem Solving Model is built on Kurt Lewin's Force Field Model. The concept behind the Force Field Model is that any situation is the result of opposing forces, some of which push for positive problem resolution and others that push against positive resolution. Problem solvers can change a situation for the better by changing the forces that impact it.
How It Works
First participants thoroughly discuss a particular problem and prepare a complete but brief problem statement. After defining a solution objective, the group then identifies the forces that impact the problem. When all possible forces have been identified, participants determine which forces have enough relevance to warrant their attention. Strategies are then devised to alter those forces. Participants develop an action plan and assign responsibility for the different strategies to the appropriate individuals involved with the problem.
Throughout the Force Field process, participants are given the opportunity to evaluate their performance in each of the 5 problem-solving steps. Task and process evaluation questions for each step are listed in the back of each Participant Guide.
What to order: You will need 1 Self Assessment per participant. For maximum benefit, purchase 1 Facilitator Guide per trainer.
Uses for the Force Field Problem Solving Model
Although the “force field” concept has been used widely as a technique to tackle complex organisational issues, the Force Field Problem Solving Model can be used for everyday problem-solving efforts. The instrument is effective when used alone or as part of a larger training program.
|Attribute name||Attribute value|
|ORDERING GUIDE||You will need 1 Self Assessment per participant. For maximum benefit, purchase 1 Facilitator Guide per trainer.|
|OBJECTIVE||To provide a reliable formula for group problem solving|
|AUDIENCE||Work groups at all levels|
|TIME REQUIRED||1 to 2 hours|
|AUTHOR||HRDQ Research & Development Team|