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Problem Solving



Problems can consume us or they can be a fun challenge, whether in our personal, family, school, societal, or work lives. The heart of strong problem-solving skills is realizing there is rarely any problem for which there is one perfect solution. Excellent problem-solvers are ones who can come up with a wide range of possible solutions, then boldly make a judgment call on one that will best fit the circumstances. We can expand our usual problem-solving strategies through puzzles, strategy games, and meditation exercises, taking advantage of our natural brain plasticity to make new mental connections and learn new skills. Collaborating to solve problems can take advantage of on another’s unique perspectives, thought patterns, and experiences to find unexpected—but rewarding—approaches.

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7 Step Problem Solving

Are you facing a challenging situation at work? Ed Muzio, author of "Make Work Great" explains a 7 step solution to effective problem solving.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.

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The Math Revolution

Children should see math “for what it is: a tool for critical thinking. If their teachers can’t help them do this, well—it is a betrayal.”

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FindCenterIntense exercise is like taking a magic pill that gives you the ability to solve problems like a superhero.

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Navi Radjou: Creative Problem-Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally.

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There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

Wayne Dyer offers testimony on the power of love, harmony, and service. When confronted with a problem, such as ill health, financial worries, or relationship difficulties, we often depend on intellect to solve it.

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The Power of Humor in Ideation and Creativity

Laughter can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions, by making it easier to think more broadly and associate ideas/relationships more freely.

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FindCenterIf we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

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Selling Solutions vs Solving Problems

When asked to name a problem, people often name a solution (i.e. the lack of a solution). This leads to designing typical, business as usual type of interventions without addressing the actual problem.

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Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen

So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems.

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