The Advanced Problem-Solving Partnership (APSP) (previously Achievement Advance Ltd) is a new social enterprise dedicated to the release of human creative talent to make the world a better place.
Every major challenge or opportunity we face is complex, with no predetermined pathways, requiring increasing levels of collaboration, problem-solving and engagement.
Our goal is to help release the full potential of people to create long-lasting new and better solutions to these challenges.
Part of the international global thought-leadership of The Creative Problem-Solving Group with strong links to The Systems Centre, Bristol University we have a rigorous, extensive history in understanding how people work through complex problems. And we continue that journey each day.
We draw upon a wide range of research traditions and proposed responses (such as: systems thinking; lean thinking; design thinking; project management; creative problem-solving) to provide an integrated response.
We work on changing the way problems and opportunities are perceived and skills for engaging with them. We support drawing on technical and tacit knowledge to the fullest and bringing the ‘whole person’ to the problem. This creates the mindset to engage more readily with difficult situations and not avoid them.
We provide process leadership. This enables robust pathways to be identified and created so everyone knows what to expect, where they are in the process and what happens next. This creates flexibility, rigour and enables people to engage without binding bureaucratic procedures. It yields flexibility and agility without sacrificing rigour.
We help create the context for success. Research shows that the context people work in significantly determines how they will respond. We help identify and create the conditions that enable people to engage, collaborate and creatively address complex challenges. This improves pro-activity, engagement, responsiveness, creativity, innovation, speed to resolution and wider systemic thinking.
We focus on how. Tools are there to help improve efficiency and effectiveness. We find a widespread emphasis on learning and applying new tools but less on how to use them wisely. We focus on developing the discrimination to select the right tool and use it in the right way to yield results. This gives engagement, efficiency and effectiveness across the whole process rather than one step at a time.
Our approach has successfully supported in areas as diverse as implementing Systems thinking, Lean thinking, decision taking, in innovation and R&D, in schools, in scenario planning, in conflict management, in project management, in the third sector, in the bid process, in strategy development and increasing risk-taking intrapreneurialism.
We are interested to work with anyone who wants to consider how to better address complex challenges or prepare others in doing so. To find out more contact us: