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Root Cause Analysis is Over-Rated – What to Do Instead

Leadership Freak

A car that won’t start requires root cause analysis. But people development and culture building may not. We spend too much time asking ‘why’ and not enough time exploring ‘what’ If your team… Continue reading →

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5 Whys Root Cause Analysis Exercise (+Template)

Niagara Institute

Mistakes , challenges, and problems will always arise at work. However, what sets individuals, teams, departments, and organizations apart is how they overcome these situations. When issues occur, are they brushed off to continue to happen again or again?


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What are your 5 whys?

Lead on Purpose

One of the quickest, simplest approaches to performing root cause analysis (finding the answers for why something happened the way it did) is to use the 5 whys technique.

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Tree Cause Analysis!

Mills Scofield

What if we started doing Tree Cause Analysis ! Root Cause Analysis ( RCA ) – sounds like a blast doesn’t it? It takes time, self-reflection (personal and organizational), analysis and… it’s focused on the negative, what didn’t work, what didn’t go well.

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Embrace the Suck

Leading Blog

One simple but effective model Gleeson offers for this is the Five-Step Root Cause Analysis. When we understand cause and effect—the consequences of our behavior—we can grow and move forward. Gleeson provides us with several mental models to help us navigate misfortune, pain, and uncertainty. Observe, learn, and grow.

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Two Keys for Today’s Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Leaders, anxious to do something about it, began a root cause analysis and did surveys to clarify the extent of the problem and solicit solutions. The conversations that will evolve will allow you to collaboratively discover ways to move towards those outcomes. Here’s an example.

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How Team Leaders Can Improve Problem Solving Skills With a Clear Process

Great Results Team Building

This tool encourages systematic thinking and promotes a shared understanding of the problem’s root causes. Five Whys : The 5 Whys technique is a simple yet powerful tool for root cause analysis. It involves repeatedly asking “why” to dig deeper into the underlying reasons behind a problem.

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