Problem Solving Leadership

with Jerry Weinberg and Esther Derby

Manage change and practice innovation by becoming a problem solving leader.

Learn and practice a leader’s most valuable asset: the ability to think and act creatively We believe that leadership is the key to building a healthy organization that can deal effectively with change. We teach that leadership is the ability to create an environment that enables everyone to contribute productively. We focus on process rather than procedure, on personal effectiveness rather than prescriptive strategies.The Problem Solving Leadership workshop has been growing and changing since 1974 to meet the changing needs of people in the workplace. The fundamental principle, however, remains the same: a leader’s most valuable asset is the ability to think and act clearly, creatively, and congruently. This is what we teach.

Course Objectives

Work on issues of most interest to you…and your organization We have designed this workshop to be practical and applicable to the modern workplace. Your problems and concerns provide a frame of reference for all the workshop activities. At the end of the workshop, when you review your original learning objectives, you will discover that you have reframed the original problems and gained insight into the actual issues.

You will learn:

  • to be a leader while being a member of a team
  • to focus your thinking while in chaos
  • to make change a productive, creative event
  • to build truly effective teams to design projects people really want to work on to observe exactly what is happening
  • to use tools of effective communication to handle conflict in problem solving groups


Develop your own problem solving style PSL is built on sound principles of adult learning theory, general systems thinking, group process concepts, creativity and congruent human interaction.The simulations and other activities are designed to involve you totally in the experience of improving your problem solving effectiveness. You will take away an increased awareness of your own problem solving style and an understanding and appreciation of the styles of others. You will see how valuing differences can enhance innovation and increase, rather than constrain, your problem solving options.

Because of the experiential nature of this workshop, there is no detailed outline.  However, this is a taste of the models and topics we’ll cover.

  1. Learning Groups and Learning Objectives
  2. Solving Problems in Groups
  3. MOIJ Leadership Model
  4. Preferences and Differences
  5. Observing Process
  6. Designing Problems for Other to Solve
  7. Working in Groups
  8. Wrap up and further learning

(Note: I often offer special sessions during one of the evenings.)


Jerry Weinberg and I offer PSL one or more times a year, depending on our schedules and interest.  The workshop takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I will announce our 2015 classes here and by email.

June 7-12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (full).

September 13-18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I will open registration for the September class the week of May 18, 2015. Please sign up for email notification using the form int he “Sign Up…” tab. I send out the notice using iContact.

Please provide your information if you wish to received email announcements for future PSL classes. I send notices via iContact.

For more than half a century, Jerry Weinberg has worked on transforming software organizations, particularly emphasizing the interaction of technical and human issues. After spending between 1956 and 1969 as software developer, researcher, teacher, and designer of software curricula at IBM, he and his anthropologist wife, Dani Weinberg, formed the consulting firm of Weinberg & Weinberg to help software engineering organizations manage the change process in a more fully human way.

Jerry is author or co-author of several hundred articles and more than 30 books. His earliest published work was on operating systems and programming languages, but the 1971 publication of The Psychology of Computer Programming is considered by many the beginning of the study of software engineering as human behavior. His subsequent works have been an elaboration of many of the software engineering topics raised in that book, through all phases of the software life-cycle, including defining problems and requirements, analysis and design, testing and measurement, as well as management.

He has written on the role of consultants, of programmers, technical leaders, and managers.
Jerry Weinberg