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Catapult your way to better problem solving

How to improve your problem solving

Learn about better problem-solving analysis, deeper dive thinking, and the importance of the action plan in this hands-on, interactive session.


Do you have effective problem solving, or are you really just firefighting? How good do you think you really are at reducing variation through a structured process? If you would like to improve your problem-solving skills, join us in this fun, intense, and creative learning session where the majority of the time will be focused on problem solving in a simulation.


Steel Partners is a diversified global holding company with operations in diversified industrial products, energy, defense, supply chain management and logistics, banking and youth sports. It works with companies to increase long-term corporate value for all of its stakeholders and shareholders utilizing Steel Partners Operational Excellence Programs, the Steel Partners Purchasing Council, Steel Partners Corporate Services, balance sheet improvements, capital allocation policies and growth initiatives. Its programs are focused on helping SPLP companies strengthen their competitive advantage and increase profitability, while enabling them to achieve operational excellence and enhanced customer satisfaction. Steel Partners Operational Excellence Programs include Lean Manufacturing, Design for Six Sigma, Six Sigma and Strategy Deployment to reduce and eliminate waste.

Presenter: Michael Thelen

Michael Thelen is an SBS manager at Steel Partners. For 20+ years, he has journeyed down a lean path. Guiding lean systems (utilizing strategic deployment and lean management) and showing respect for people, he has led improvements from front-line supervision to lean leadership and consulting roles. In addition to training and coaching all levels, Thelen also works with local educational and civic organizations to share the concepts and theories of continuous improvement to a broader audience. He founded the Aberdeen Lean Forum in 2007 and the Siouxland Lean Consortium in 2011, which is preparing for its seventh annual conference in 2020.