Leverage existing resources, infrastructures and systems to create plans to reach ministry goals.


To learn to maximize internal assets to plan and problem solve creatively and effectively.



Read Chapter 1 of The Successful Manager’s Handbook titled “Analyze Issues.”


  1. What is the 5 Whys technique? Explain its value when analyzing issues.

  2. Based on this text and using an A - F scale, how would you grade yourself at analyzing issues? Why do you give yourself that rating?

  3. What are some common mistakes made by leaders whose responsibilities include analyzing and solving issues?

  4. What are some of the dangers of allowing your personal assumptions to drive your analysis?

  5. How might learning how to best analyze issues help you to best leverage existing resources, infrastructures, and systems in order to create plans to reach ministry goals?


Watch the TED Talk “Creative Problem Solving In the Face of Extreme Limits” by Navi Radjou



  1. What are the three principles of frugal innovation?

  2. What are the benefits of using fewer resources to create solutions?

  3. How have you seen a leader or peer use “frugal innovation” to solve a problem?

  4. What role does collaboration (both internal & external) play in frugal innovation?


Watch the TED Talk “Got a Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast” by Tom Wujec



  1. Where do you see collaborative visualization, like the “how to make toast” example, to be useful in your workplace, at home, or in your community?

  2. Identify if you are someone who thinks of the world in nodes (tangible objects) and links (connections between the nodes). If so, how has this played a role in your ability to bring solutions to problems presented in the workplace, home, or in your community? If not, what is the way that you currently problem solve? And do you see this other way as something that you can utilize?

  3. How does this approach differ from other approaches that may be taken when trying to creatively problem solve within an organization, entity, or company?

  4. Collaborative visualization is something that requires working with others on your team to flush out a plan.


Read Chapter 4 of The Successful Manager’s Handbook titled “Leverage Innovation.”


  1. Which of the logical or intuitive approaches do you feel matches the way you currently problem-solve? Which of them would you be interested in trying and why?

  2. Why is creativity so important when working to solve problems? Give a real-life example of when you were needing to problem-solve. State how leveraging innovation and creativity could have helped in that case.

  3. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on your ability to leverage innovation in any of your current roles? Explain.

  4. If you were to make real progress in this area, what would be one step you could take?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAYS (to be completed during group discussion)