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.
Are you solving the right problems? Have you or your colleagues ever worked hard on something, only to find out you were focusing on the wrong problem entirely? Most people have. In a survey, 85 percent of companies said they often struggle to solve the right problems.
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.
Failure is an important piece to understanding how to solve problems and make decisions. This book will you guide to understanding patterns that can hinder you, but can also be used for growth. Learn From Failure is written by a seasoned executive, entrepreneur consultant and educator.
"The real problem, we finally realized, wasn’t the one we were trying to solve. It was that we were so focused on finding a solution that we never stopped to question whether we should even be doing the thing causing us problems in the first place."
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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