Do you have an issue you would like to solve?
Problem Buster is a virtual workshop tool specifically designed for organisations designed to get results and solve problems.
How will a Problem Buster help?
- It solves critical problems giving implementable solutions and plans while encouraging involvement and commitment to the solution, reducing your implementation costs.
- It resolves “Blind Spots” so you can see the opportunities you may be missing
- The team learn new approaches while solving a real problem, saving you time and money
- By involving the people affected, you build buy-In into the process, eliminating hidden costs and resistance from the “Not Invented Here” syndrome.
- It identifies success measures so you can measure how well you’re doing over time.
How does a Problem Buster work?
Problem Buster has three parts to it.
1. Pre-workshop call
We have a pre-workshop call with you. This is done (via Skype or Zoom) and lasts around 60-90 minutes. This call is to identify who should be coming to the workshop (up to 15 people), to get a better understanding of the issue to be worked on and to cover the logistics of the workshop.
2. Full day workshop ( This is often spread across several workingsessions though can be undertaken in a single day)
The workshop is a series of interactive sessions during which we take you through the Problem Buster process.
We will work through in detail:
– What the issue is
– How and why it has arisen
– What the impact of the issue is on the organisation or team
– What are potential solutions are
– Prioritisation of the solutions
– The plan of action for the team to work on.
3. Follow-up report
You will get a report of the day along with the plan to enable you to take action and the measures to help you assess improvements.
What do they look like?
Income Generation Problem Buster for Charities
Some of the issue’s that you might experience around income generation and fundraising are:
– Becoming too reliant on one source of income, putting the charity at risk if that source dries up,
– Levels of funding decreasing or finding funding is becoming more competitive,
– Fund raising activities aren’t working as effectively as they used to.
This Problem Buster will get to the bottom of why fund raising is a risk and then explore the different areas from which funds can be raised to determine which combination will work best for your charity and how a new strategy might be implemented.
Profile Problem Buster
This Problem Buster examines the brand of the business and how it’s perceived. This can be linked directly to an business problem.
If the profile of the organisation is poor:
– it can result in much reduced income
– it may find it hard to find customers for its services.
Or it might simply be that the organisation hasn’t got a profile – so no-one knows about them and what it can help with.
This Problem Buster examines the issue in more depth – what is the issue with the profile, what is the impact of the poor profile and why it’s important to change it. We then create a plan to create a new effective and appropriate profile for the charity.
Strategy Problem Buster
This Problem Buster usually looks at the overall strategic plan of the organisation but can be used to review specific strategies such as the Fundraising Strategy for charities.
Some typical strategy issues are:
– it’s either not been thought through properly and is providing difficult to implement,
– it’s been poorly communicated, and board and employees could be working on it from completely different directions,
– The strategy has worked in the past, but it’s now out of date and no longer working effectively.
The Problem Buster will look at the existing strategy, why its not appropriate and then what needs to happen to make it fit for purpose.
Note. We often suggest that a Theory of Change is completed as part of this Problem Buster to gain clarity about the purpose of the organisation thus providing a useful compass to check the relevance of elements of the charity.