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Focus Performance Systems was founded in 1973 because we saw a need for better ways to transfer valuable critical thinking and problem solving skills to executives and managers. Instead of focusing on theory, our approach centered on teaching repeatable skills for problem solving and decision making and equipping managers with practical tools for applying the skills back on the job.

While our mission of providing the best tools and techniques for problem solving, decision making and group performance hasn't changed, the ways we deliver the Focus solutions continue to grow and evolve.

Key milestones:

  • 2010 - Launched DECISION LEADERSHIP, a leadership development solution that focuses on decision making for strategic and high value decisions.
  • 2010 - Launched ADVANCING TEAM PERFORMANCE (ATP), a series of processes and tools that help business teams get off to a productive start, do their best critical thinking, and collaborate effectively in pursuing their joint goals.
  • 2010 - Decision Focus 7.0 software released. Includes several new tools to increase the speed and effectiveness of decision making, the way individuals and groups collaborate to reach decisions, and the way decision logic and process is communicated.
  • 2009 - Launched the Decision Leader Review, a monthly publication offered to clients of Focus Performance Systems, Inc. and users of Decision Focus. This publication focuses on current research and information in the area of business decision making, with concepts and ideas that can be put to use immediately to impact the quality and speed of strategic and tactical decisions.
  • 2008 - Introduced the new Decision Focus executive learning and coaching program. Objective: help leaders improve their skills in strategic decision making in a personalized, one-on-one environment.
  • 2007 - New Creative Focus toolkit and training workshop launched. Several new approaches, tools and techniques were added to the most popular tools from the original Creative Focus curriculum.
  • 2007 - Decision Focus Coach Certification program updated, with new tools and support to help client coaches be more effective at facilitating Decision Focus applications in their organizations.
  • 2006 - Decision Focus 6.0 Software released. Includes additional export capabilities to Microsoft Excel, new Action Manager tool, expanded problem solving and problem prevention capabilities, creative problem solving tools and templates, and more.
  • 2005 - New learning options for Decision Focus launched, including live web classes and a self paced learning system.
  • 2004 - New Decision Focus Learning and Performance System was introduced as the standard support package for each trainee. Included the new Decision Focus Concepts Guide and Workbook, Decision Focus 5.0 Software license, and post training job aid package.
  • 2003 - Released Decision Focus 5.0 Software. Included new tools to help users diagnose problems, collaborate with others, and export solutions to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat. Also included instant lessons for real time learning, on-demand coaching and application support.
  • 2001 - Number of persons trained in the FOCUS tools reached 75,000.
  • 1998 - Released Decision Focus Software version 4.0 - this version contained improvements in all Decision Focus tools and provided network and server versions as well as individual licensing options.
  • 1997 - Established our first Canadian branch office in Calgary, Alberta.
  • 1995 - Team Focus (team effectiveness) tools and training system launched.
  • 1994 - Introduced Decision Focus Software. We were the first to create proprietary Windows based software for the full suite of rational problem solving tools and offer it as part of a learning and performance package.
  • 1992 - Established our first international office in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1991 - Creative Focus (creative problem solving) tools and training launched in a fast paced, one-day class format.
  • 1985 - Launched the Decision Focus problem solving and decision making system, which incorporated several improvements in problem solving and decision making training:
    • Reduction of case studies in favor of job related application of problem solving models.
    • Focus on applying problem solving and decision making skills in teams and workgroups.
    • New pre class headstart package to reduce classroom learning time.
    • Post training coaching and support services to convert the newly learned skills to results.

  • 1978 - Introduced our first job aid package (worksheet templates, leader visuals, meeting poster templates, reminder cards) for each problem solving and decision making class participant.
  • 1975 - Launched our first train-the-trainer (TTT) package for problem solving and decision making training. Reduced the time needed for TTT from the then industry norm of 14 days down to 4 days.
  • 1973 - Launched our flagship training program in problem solving and decision making in a unique, results driven, 2-day class format.
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