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Problem Solving

Posted on 2012.04.24 at 11:31
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It amuses me to no end when I get sideways validation - that which I am not seeking. And its been coming from an unlikely source; the only place I get my news these days, LinkedIn's "Today" weekly brief. This week was 4 Secrets of Great Critical Thinkers "The best problem solvers see a complex problem through multiple lenses" where they quote Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman from his book Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Basically, shit I do which annoys people:

  1. Slow down. Insist on multiple problem definitions before moving towards a choice, especially when the issue is new or complex.

  2. Actively work to buck conventional wisdom when facing new challenges or slowly deteriorating situations. Don’t settle for incremental thinking. Design ways to test deep held assumptions about your market. Of course, different is not always better so seek to understand the wisdom inherent in conventional wisdom as well as its blind spots.

  3. Encourage disagreement. Debate can foster insight, provided the conflict is among ideas and not among people. Increasingly, we live in a world where people can choose to interact only with those who agree with them. To escape from these cocoons and echo chambers, approach alternative views with an open mind. Don’t become a prisoner of your own myopic mental model.

  4. Engage with mavericks. It is not enough to simply be comfortable with disagreement when it happens to occur. Critical thinkers seek out those who truly see the world differently and try hard to understand why. Often you will still disagree with these mavericks, but at times they will reframe your own thinking for the better.


jobu121 at 2012-04-24 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
Sir that is great.

I am the same as you in the respects of your 4 points.

On the disagreement point - I was disagreeing with a guy who did not agree with me and I was not agreeing with him. His final persuasive tactic was to state and I quote, "I ought to punch you!" Great argument eh?

Keep annoying people, I know I still do! :)
michelle1963 at 2012-04-25 04:49 (UTC) (Link)

It's interesting to see it in a business-related venue. And yet, these qualities, which imo, are so important to my personal life, would be absolutely critical to a company. When I hear about companies that come out of seemingly nowhere and become fast successes, I'm amazed about how the entrepreneurs have turned something "everyone knows" upside down and inside out to create their great success.

And I guess I'm different from many. Often people seem to feel uncomfortable when facing the proposition that a long held idea or belief may not be accurate or true. Me? I never feel totally comfortable with my ideas and beliefs without constantly testing them to continue to prove their validity. Only with constant testing do I find them trustworthy.
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