Problem Solving Leadership (PSL)

A workshop created by Jerry and Dani Weinberg, facilitated by Esther Derby and Don Gray

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.

Work on issues of most importance 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 my very well discover that you have reframed the original problems and gained insight inot the actual issues.




How to be a leader while being a member of a team.


How to focus your thinking while in chaos.


How to make change a productive, creative event.


How to build truly effective teams to design projects people really want to work on.


How 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.

Upcoming Classes

Esther Derby and I offer PSL one or more times a year, depending on our schedules and the amount of outside interest at any given time. Sign up for email notification if you want the first announcement. Recent classes have filled within a week or two.

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About Esther Derby

Esther Derby draws on four decades of leading, observing, and living through organizational change, combining a deep knowledge of complex adaptive systems with an attention to people. She is the founder of esther derby associates, inc., working with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. She also teaches workshops around the world, supporting leaders to amplify empowerment, engage their organizations in joint problem solving, and evolve their systems toward better results. You can read more about her at