A problem-solving book

So far, which ways we’ve solved problems in? Everything in our life is a problem or a question, a matter, etc. All of them I call the problem, existed in terms of different aspects.

What plenty of dress you choose from in the walk-in closet to wear everyday? It’s not easy to do so, right? Or which the most difficult thing you ever faced and overcame proudly? Or which road you should follow from your home to office? I guess that in Vietnam, being stuck in traffic is such a damn trouble that you aren’t able to solve thoroughly. We only have an option to handle or improve it just as it happens.

One more, which career you will have drawn for your future? and what the BIG dream used to come out of your mind? How you catch that dream?

Today I talk about the book [ Problem Solving 101 – Ken Wanatabe ] – I’ve learned and practised throughout three years. It’s an amazing book I used regularly, checked for researching the extended way as well. Before I read the book, I had used a classical approach, which included the what, why and how. There steps I always used for chasing a little success in my career, such as finding out a fast-learning approach or choosing a girlfriend among thousand of looker nowadays :D

Well, in this book, it looks somewhat different. However, it basically follows the above two-Wh-one-H approach, maybe it is wrote as the complete formula.

So, let’s go through in detail.

“Problem solving isn’t a talent limited to the lucky few. It’s actually a skill and a habit that you can learn.” Ya, I really like it because of readable and simple English words. “It could be something as simple as becoming a better dancer or learning how to cook French cuisine”

The book brings out three case studies, viz. The Mushroom Lovers, John Octopus and Kiwi, and its steps seems to learn easily. For example, the following two steps are a similar approach among many ones from this book.

Step 1: Diagnose the situation and identify the root cause of the problem.
1A List all the potential root causes of the problem.
1B Develop a hypothesis for the likely root cause.
1C Determine the analyses and information required to test the hypothesis.
1D Analyze and identify the root cause.

Step 2: Develop the solution.
2A Develop a wide variety of solutions to solve the problem.
2B Prioritize actions.
2C Develop an implementation plan.

If you’ve ever known Albert Einstein, ya, it must be a stupid question, you also heard of that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. So, the important and necessary thing you should do firstly is to define clearly the problem.

Once you found out what the problem is, you could find out the root cause by decomposing the problem in many smaller problems or explore it in the general perspective. And the multiple perspectives help you develop as solutions about how to solve the problem as possible. So, lastly, how to brainstorm idea for solving problem, you could read in this book :D

In this book, you do not only learn the way to solve problem, as well as the way you reach your goal, your dream. “Instead of being overwhelmed by the challenges you face everyday, you can learn to enjoy them and overcome them”

With lively caricatures as real people, I think the book is suitable for everybody, say, “It turned out that adult readers in Japan, from parents and teachers to CEOs of major corporations, had been craving a simple and useful guide to problem-solving techniques.”

Hope you feel happier or more crazy after reading this book :)

Remember that before jumping right into solving a certain problem, you should step back and invest time and effort to improve your understanding of it. Check it through before going further!

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