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Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills Blogs

Decision making and problem solving are the most important skills you can develop, since your whole life depends upon your ability to solve problems and make the right decision.

You make decisions all the time: Your career depends upon your reputation as a Problem solver, and as person who makes the right decision.

Decisions come in different types. There are five major types of decision you need to be able to handle;

  1. Yes or no decision. (Should we, or should be NOT?)
  2. Which one, what kind decision. (Picking one from more than one option)
  3. Value order priority decision. What is the order of importance?
  4. Logical sequence priority decision. What is the most efficient sequence of steps?
  5. Problem cause solution: What is the problem? what are the three causes? What are the six solutions?

Each of these types of decision has its own decision-making technique which you can and should learn (or develop) for yourself.

Then you can walk into any situation, assess the current state, identify the problem, determine which of the five types of decision it is and then use the correct method to make the best decision possible.

Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills Blogs

The Walt Disney Model

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Walt Disney was a great problem solver. He approached problems from a variety of perspectives. We would all benefit from being able to find practical solutions to problems. Check out his model and see how you can use his methods to your advantage.

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The Four Causes of All your Problems

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There are four main causes of all your problems. Find out the major causes of all problems and learn how to find the right solution to those you can fix.

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How to Make a Good Decision

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You are faced with making decisions every day, and it is important to make the right one. We explore the different types of decisions you will face and some fantastic tools we have developed in order to help decision-making easier for you.

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Tips on How to be Innovative

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Your business needs to adapt and grow in today’s ever-changing economic climate. Being innovative is not just about inventing, it also means adapting your current business model and making changes to your working practices.

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The Law of Diminishing Returns

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More is not necessarily better. There is a point which is optimum. After this point comes diminishing returns, where additional amounts of time, money and effort are ineffective and may even be dangerous.

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The Single Most Important Thing

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Be the best by learning how to pick out the single most important thing, in any situation or conversation.

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How to Solve a Problem

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When you have a problem, your task is to sit down and try to figure out the major causes of the problem and interrupt them.

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Decision Making and Problem Solving Training

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When you are faced with a situation, you need to classify what kind of situation it is, then use the appropriate mode of thinking for the problem.

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What is Pdca?

2 January 2014

What is PDCA? PDCA is an acronym for a change management, and continuous improvement process. PDCA stands for: Plan, Do, Check, Act. PDCA is a common model and it is known by many people. We believe, however, that the model is deficient, and that it is easy to improve it. PDCA

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​Strategic Thinking Course for Managers

10 September 2013

How does strategic thinking contrast to tactical thinking? We all want our actions to be successful. "Success" may be defined as "the attainment of a long range, valuable and worthwhile goal." "Successful action" therefore, is the action that is necessary to achieve our long range, valuable and worthwhile goals. How can

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How can I Make Better Progress

11 March 2013

How can I make better progress? How to make better progress: Advice from athlete Kai Green on what it takes to be successful In real life, in the trenches, you have to be a trouble shooter; you have to be a problem solver. At the end of the day; your goals

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Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

6 March 2013

Creative problem solving and decision making Have you got problems? Of course! We all have problems. And we all want to know how to solve them. How can you solve your problems? Here are some notes on problem solving. What is "a problem"? A problem is the difference between your

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How to Use Feedback

4 March 2013

How to use feedback Feedback: If you want to make better progress, then measure the feedback. What is feedback? Feedback is information. Feedback is information that describes the difference between: What is happening; and What you want to happen If you want to make better progress, then measure the feedback. If

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Feedback - Positive and Negative Feedback

15 November 2012

Positive and Negative Feedback Feedback is a very important topic. You should become a world expert in the topic of positive and negative feedback. You should make it your mission to be able to give the following lecture: 1. What is feedback? 2. Why is it important to have both positive

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Time Management Training - Problem Solving

14 May 2012

Time management training - problem solving There are two ways to waste huge amounts of time and money: Avoid making a decision = Dithering Make a poor decision = Do the wrong thing Example of a poor a decision: Should the Challenger space shuttle launch? Yes or no? At 8:30 a

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Why is It That Some People Won't Make a Firm Decision?

13 March 2012

Why is it that some people won't make a firm decision? Consider this: Your better future depends largely on the quality of the decisions that you make. You cannot always control what happens to you; you can't control circumstances, environment or other people. But you can decide what to do about

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