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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

In these blogs you will find all the information you need to make faster progress in less time and effort. Here you will find all the information you need to achieve your goals. In addition to helping yourself to achieve your goals, you can use the same information to help others to achieve their goals.

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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.

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Blogs in this Category

  • The Four Causes of All your Problems

    12 June 2018

    The Four Causes of all Your Problems There are four major causes of all your problems, they are: Yourself. Other people. The "system". Mother nature. Let us say a few words on each. 1. Yourself as the cause of your problems. Is it true that YOU could be the source of... Continue Reading >

    The Four Causes of All your Problems
  • How to Make a Good Decision

    01 May 2018

    How to make a good decision There are six types of decision you will come across: 1. Yes or No? 2. Which one, What kind? Decisions 3. What is the priority order? Decisions 4. What is the best sequence? Decisions. 5. Problem-cause-solution Decisions. 6. Problem, implication and countermeasure Decisions... Continue Reading >

    How to Make a Good Decision
  • Tips on How to be Innovative

    21 March 2017

    Tips on How to be Innovative Being innovative is not just about inventing, it also means learning to think about problems in different ways. Here are our top tips to develop your innovative techniques: 1. Learn to draw: It often helps to be able to express yourself with a pencil. 2... Continue Reading >

    Tips on How to be Innovative
  • The Law of Diminishing Returns

    17 February 2017

    The Law of Diminishing Returns The most important rule of time management, (and of economics) goes under two different names. 80 - 20 rule. The law of diminishing returns. The two rules (or laws), mean the same thing: namely, that "more is not necessarily better". More is not necessarily better. As... Continue Reading >

    The Law of Diminishing Returns
  • The Single Most Important Thing

    19 August 2016

    The Single Most Important Thing Question: What single skill would make the biggest difference in your professional life? Answer: The ability to see what is 'the single most important thing'. In any situation, if you can pick out from the many bits of information, the single most important thing, then you... Continue Reading >

    The Single Most Important Thing
  • How to Solve a Problem

    15 December 2015

    How to Solve a Problem Here is how you could figure out how to solve your current problem. Draw out a Problem-Cause-Solution mind map, and spend time filling it in. Remember: All problems have causes All problems have causes; in fact, all problems have multiple causes. All problems are created and... Continue Reading >

    How to Solve a Problem
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving Training

    01 September 2015

    Decision Making and Problem Solving Training To a large degree, the quality of your life is based upon two abilities. Your ability to make good decisions. Your ability to solve the problems that face you. If, whenever you need to make a decision, you always make the right decision, then your... Continue Reading >

    Decision Making and Problem Solving Training
  • What is Pdca?

    02 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... Continue Reading >

    What is Pdca?
  • ​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... Continue Reading >

    ​Strategic Thinking Course for Managers
  • Developing your Problems Solving Skills

    16 July 2013

    Developing your problems solving skills We are all faced by problems. Financial problems, relationship problems, health problems. What causes your problems? There are three major categories of causes to your problems. 1.Nature can be the cause of your problems. 2.Other people can be the cause of your problems. 3.Your own self... Continue Reading >

    Developing your Problems Solving Skills
  • 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... Continue Reading >

    How can I Make Better Progress
  • Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

    06 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... Continue Reading >

    Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • How to Use Feedback

    04 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... Continue Reading >

    How to Use Feedback
  • 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... Continue Reading >

    Feedback - Positive and Negative Feedback
  • 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... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training - Problem Solving
  • 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... Continue Reading >

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

    25 April 2011

    Problem solving If I am reading your situation correctly, you have some problems that you urgently need to solve. Recently one problem particularly, has been playing on your mind. I know that is true, because that is also true for everyone. So how do we go about solving problems? Here is... Continue Reading >

    Problem Solving
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