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Problem Solving August 4, 2005

Posted by Coolguy in Lifehacks.
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The simple keys to effective problem solving are:

  • Anticipation of the problem.
  • Recognition that it is a problem. If it is a recurring problem ask why is this happening again?
  • Acceptance that it won’t solve itself.
  • Careful evaluation of the causes, circumstances or attitudes that led up to it.
  • Determining your real intent.
  • Determining appropriate actions to take.
  • Determining who will be touched by the solution or actions.
  • Deciding how you will get buy-in to your solution/actions from others.
  • Anticipating potential resistance from – people, circumstances or resources.
  • Evaluating the consequences or ripple effect of your decision/action.
  • Start, decide, do something.
  • Take full responsibility for the outcomes of your actions/decisions.
  • Re-evaluate the outcomes at pre-determined benchmarks.
  • Be willing to abandon your solution if it is obviously not working
  • Keep your ego out of the decision process


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