Category Archives: Problem Solving

Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you accomplished so far.  You learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You learned to distinguish between a problem and a condition.  You looked at possible alternatives, took action, monitored your progress, made needed changes … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Ten-Celebrate

Humans are celebrators.  In ancient times we celebrated the sun coming up in the morning.  Our ancestors weren’t absolutely certain the sun would appear so they celebrated when it did. We celebrate births, stages in our lives, the passage from … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you’ve learned so far.  You’ve learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You know how important it is clearly identify whether you are facing a problem or a condition.  You weighed different solutions, picked the … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Part Eight-Complete or Finish

I mentioned in an earlier article that most problems required a project to solve.  The previous steps you’ve seen from me in articles on problem solving really reflect a project management process.  One of the biggest failures in project management … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Part 7-Adjust or Modify

I know a man.   He’s a very smart man.  He is willing to work hard.  And he is so determined.  He has a flaw, like most men.  Okay, he has many flaws, like all men.  Okay, he is me. … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Part Six-Monitor or Track Progress

You’ve assembled the right team, looked at and picked what you think is the right plan to solve your problem.  You’ve finally implemented or executed your solution.  You check back in two weeks to see how everyone is progressing.  Some … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Part Five Implement/Execute

They used to say that GM’s business model was “Ready, Ready,Ready, Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim…”  What’s missing?  “Fire!” No one ever got rich planning for gold   Guy Kawasaki Let me ask you this question.  Is it better to have … Continue reading

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The most important report-the one you write to yourself

What? You want me to write another report?  I spend all my time writing stupid reports now and you want me to write one to myself?  That’s the stupidest…. Oh, wait, that might not be a bad idea. Long ago … Continue reading

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Planning-Step Four in Problem Solving

Now, let’s create a specific plan that includes some exercise and some food intake modification.  What goes into 275 calories?  Let’s say that our person with the weight problem is a woman who is 25 pounds overweight and weighs 150 … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Three Select a Solution

Selection is the third step in Problem Solving.  In the last blog we defined the problem as carrying an extra 25 pounds.  We have proposed a general solution to use a combination of diet and exersise to lose those 25 … Continue reading

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