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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.

The concept:

Problem Solving refers to the process of finding solutions to seemingly difficult or complex issues. It involves a clear understanding of the problem statement, identifying all alternatives, weighing the options for the pros and cons, long term and short term impact and then choosing the best fitting alternative as a solution. However, taking it to the next level and seamlessly executing the chosen solution is the right closure to the problems that we face.

Problems that we face in our life are meant to enable us to think creatively & emotionally to come up with the best solution.

The Story:

Tron, An American Science fiction action-adventure film, is a good movie to watch and learn the nitty gritties of Problem Solving process & attitudes. The fundamental learning of “Never be afraid of problems” and that “Every problem does have many solutions” are beautifully depicted in the movie. Apart from this, listening to your inner voice, executing small action steps, enjoying the overall journey of solving the problem, not to begrudge, and never to take action from the state of restlessness, fear or impatience are all other critical learnings that are presented in the movie. The amazing add on learnings of breaking your untrue assumptions and taking the human element into consideration while solving problems is something that can take one from a mere problem solver to an empathetic leader. A must watch movie, it is.

Also, I think Popeye solved one of the biggest problems of every mother i.e how to make kids like their greens. So I just could not resist mentioning him as a great problem solver of all times. Kids love spinach because of Popeye. He made it popular among the little ones and spinach sales appreciated big time after Popeye endorsed and ate it.

How to develop problem-solving skills?
  1. Identify the problem statement and focus on kids gaining clarity. I try and use my coaching skills to question and derive answers from my kids on the issue at hand. This helps them in understanding and defining clearly the problem.
  2. Always try and brainstorm various alternatives. This where one needs to be creative, be assumption free and think out of the box.
  3. Carefully analyse all the solutions at hand and choose the best one.
  4. Execute & review.

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18 comments

Abhijit April 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

Problem solving needs serious listening all possibilities, a thorough knowledge of possibilities and then executing the best option, not necessarily the ideal option. Another part of problem solving is selling the idea to sceptics that something has been done to an intractable issue.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Absolutely Sir, very well explained.. thank you

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Sonia Chatterjee April 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Very interesting. Well researched and well written.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Sonia… As i always say a pleasure to have you here on my blog…

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Lisa April 18, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Problem solving is also a talent that constantly changes with the challenges presented. One can’t always approach all problems with the same reasoning or pattern. Nice article! Found you on the A to Z master list!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Thank You, Lisa… And agree with you hands down… There is no one right or perfect way to problem-solving. Thank you for stopping by.

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Noor Anand Chawla April 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm

How creative you are Kushal! Love the idea of Popeye here- he’s the ultimate problem solver 😊

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Haha… A high five Noor…

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Rashi Roy April 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Wonderfully written. Love your examples and how well you explain

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, Rashi… for always being encouraging…

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vidhya Thakkar April 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Loved the way you narrated

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, Vidhya… Feels good to know that my writing connected with you at some level…

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Shubhra Rastogi April 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Great take aways. Very well penned.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 18, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Thank You Shubhra….

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Neha Sharma April 18, 2019 at 6:51 pm

These are some really great pointers to inclulcate problem-solving skills in kids. Great post and yes even I used to eat spinach just because of Popeye 😀

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Sonia Dogra April 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

Very well curated. Somehow, I feel that problem solving is subjective largely but yes a few tips here and there do help.

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