Structured Thinking

Structured Thinking

Learn the secret to solving ANY business problem by applying the same structured approach that the big management consulting firms use.

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Meet Your Instructors

  • Nic Barnhart

    Nic Barnhart

    • Co-founder Pareto Labs
    • ZipRecruiter Finance & Analytics
    • Wharton MBA

  • Tommy Moreno

    • Co-founder Pareto Labs
    • Disney Strategic Planning
    • Harvard MBA

Featuring an interview with...

  • Sean Griffin

    • Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
    • Strategy, The Walt Disney Co.
    • Wharton MBA

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Solve

    Solve ANY business problem, no matter how complex or ambiguous.

  • Clarify

    Clarify ambiguous or open ended question so that you know exactly what the objective is.

  • Simplify

    Simplify complex problems into several smaller ones that are easier to solve.

  • Structure

    Structure your approach to solving problems so that you can solve them consistently at work.

  • Collect

    Collect both quantitative and qualitative data and decide which data will be most relevant.

  • Select

    Select a framework (or create your own) to make sense of the data and visualize the best solution.


  • 01 What is Structured Thinking?

    Learn the basics of structured thinking, why it is important to learn and what it can do for you and your career.

  • 02 The Step by Step

    Understand that structured thinking is simply applying a method to finding the best solution -- learn the steps you can apply to any problem.

  • 03 Mission 1: Selecting an Airbag Supplier

    Apply the structured thinking process to a case study as you help Pareto Motors find better suppliers for its car components.

  • 04 Mission 2: Selecting a Stereo System

    Take on a second case study challenge as you help Pareto Motors figure out which stereo system to use in their newest car.

  • 05 Mission 3: Disaggregating a Complex Problem

    Practice solving a complex problem through another case study by breaking the problem down into components and solving each part individually.

  • 06 Conclusion

    Finish up with practical advice about how to approach problem solving at work including how leverage other people in your company and how to present your findings.