I've been pretty busy with a new project to help the people make radically better decisions. As you may have guessed, it's about helping people become better problem solvers. The sorry state of problem solving in the world drives me nuts on an almost daily basis. So I want to do something about it.
The first step is to break people of the habit of guessing at solutions or causes. We do it for lots of reasons, but it's a waste of time, wastes huge amounts of resources, usually doesn't solve the problem, and can make things worse.
The project starts with a book called Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem-Solvers. You can learn a little bit about it at the book website. I believe it can help everyone--including you--solve important problems in their lives and the world.
I also want to give you a sneak peek at some of the articles I've written about it!
"7 Surprising Truth About Guessing Your Way Out of a Problem"
This article explains why guessing is so destructive.
Sherlock Holmes said, “I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty.” But most of us guess all the time. When something breaks, our frontal cortex lights up with dozens of ideas of what might be wrong and how to fix it.
Guessing is human nature, but great problem-solvers know it doesn’t work, and resist the temptation... If you and your team really want to solve a problem, get rid of the guesswork. Need convincing? Here are 7 firm reasons to stop guessing and start problem-solving:
"The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers"
This article summarizes what to do instead of guessing; these are the behaviors great problem solvers use, regardless of the problem they're working on.
The great problem solvers of the world are no smarter than anyone else. What sets them apart are the behaviors they use on the hunt for solutions. We’ve all had times when something’s broken and we can’t seem to fix it. Instead we often create complicated workarounds, or just live with the dysfunction.
Both approaches are not genuine solutions. At best, they’re compromises — and they may cause further problems down the road. But we can do better — if we just follow the same simple and effective behaviors that great problem solvers use. If you want to get better at solving a problem, learn from those who do it well.
Here are the 9 behaviors great problem-solvers use to solve hard problems with skill and panache:
I've got a bunch of great blog posts in the queue I'm excited to share; just have to get around to writing them :)