4 Levels of Problem Solving

From fixing problems to finding opportunities

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Vadim Kotelnikov

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"When the solution is simple, God is answering." ~ Albert Einstein


4 Levels of Problem Solving 6 Steps of the Problem Solving Process Turning Problems to Opportunities Treat Problems as Opportunities Problem Solving Strategies. 4 Levels: Fixing, Improving, Creative Problem Solving, Finding Opportunities in a Problem

Problem Solving

6 Steps of the Problem Solving Process

Strategic Problem Solving Lessons from McKinsey

STRIDES Model for Solving Complex Problems

Positive Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving (CPS)

Questions for Creative Problem Solving

Step Out Of Your Shoes

6-Step CPS Process

Treat Problems as Opportunities

Turning Problems To Opportunities

2 Things That Will Change Your Life

Don't Wait Until You Are Perfect − Jump In!

Problem Solving Quotes

Two Approaches to Solving Problems

It has been said that 98% of personal or an organization's problems can be solved routinely.

However, the remaining 2% of the problems – the problems that have the greatest effect on you or your organization – require creative approaches or innovation to surmount.

Build cross-functional expertise and make outside-the-box thinking a habit to be able to find innovative solutions to old problems. Simple and effective solutions to many problems are often just nearby – waiting for you to spot them.

Creative Problem Solving: Reframing

Focus on Solutions, not Problems

Your attitude is extremely important. When you think of problems you'll only attract more problems. When you think of solutions – you'll attract solutions and opportunities.

Approach the problem with the expectant attitude that there is an innovative practical solution just waiting to be found. Think positively. Be relaxed, confident and clear in your mind.

Your Best Tools for Effective Problem Solving

To be a great problem solver, you must be open to new data and ideas, respect the needs others, build trust, communicate clearly and honestly, listen actively, ask effective questions, be persistent and firm in your willingness to have it succeed.

Wise Negotiation DOs and DON'Ts

Search for Opportunities

“Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems,” advised Sun Tzu, the author of the Art of War. See every problem as an opportunity if you wish to be a winner. Ask yourself what new abilities the problem gives you. Write down how the problem could be some kind of opportunity.

If your problem is one others share, it's a huge entrepreneurial opportunity. You can solve the problem for everyone. That is how many entrepreneurs get started.

Scott Cook, for instance, was frustrated with the poor quality of software designed to help him prepare balance sheets. He decided to start a software company to fix the problem. His company Intuit Inc. is now a multi-billion-dollar success story. It provides business and financial management solutions for small and medium sized businesses, financial institutions, consumers, and accounting professionals.