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Consultant Nat Greene shows you how to address difficult issues and solve tough problems by using nine strategic problem-solving behaviors. He says you should stop guessing and learn how to “smell” problems. Other steps can help, such as acknowledging your ignorance and making sure you are defining the problem accurately. Greene urges delving into the science behind a problematic system, shooting for simple solutions, making choices based on solid factual evidence and staying on target until you unravel the knot. He provides many interesting, entertaining anecdotes to enliven his succinct guide. Greene offers the most help to those who lack an engineering background and who feel overly reliant on experts, but anyone trying to analyze an issue can benefit from his structured framework. getAbstract recommends his approach as a helping hand for those who want to adopt a specific problem-solving strategy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why difficult issues require thoughtful problem-solving strategies;
  • Why having a strategic approach is better than guessing, brainstorming or following hunches; and
  • How to use nine strategic behaviors to resolve knotty problems.

About the Author

International consultant Nat Greene has explored engineering design, global trade, organizational change and political reform. He co-founded Shroud International and became its CEO.



Dealing with Issues

Have you ever been forced to accept certain problems because you didn’t think you could do anything about them? You might have attempted to address them and not succeeded. You may even have thrown money at these issues to circumvent them. Instead, follow the example of great problem solvers who use a consistent set of “behaviors” to solve the most difficult issues. Learn these nine strategies to become a better problem solver:

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    Alberto Mellado 1 year ago
    It's a good summary for hesitant problem solvers.
    A paragraph dedicated to how to gather data in a simple way would be appreciated.

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