How To Develop Problem Solving Skills.


What is a Problem 
As per the Oxford Dictionary (1995), a problems is, "A doubtful or difficult matter requiring a solution"
  1. Goals 
  2. Obstacles
The aim of problem solving is to recognize the obstacles and remove them in order to achieve the goals.


How to solve Problem 
Solving a problem requires a level of rational thinking. Here are logical steps to follow when faced an issue:
Step 1: Identify the problem
Step 2: Study the problem in detail
Step 3: List all possible solutions 
Step 4: Select the best solution
Step 5: implement the chosen solution
Step 6: Check that the problem has really been solved

Important Traits For Problem Solving
Highly developed problem solving skills are critical for both, business owners and their employees. The following personality traits play a big role in how effectively problems are solved:
  • Being open minded 
  • Being proactive 
  • Having a positive attitude 
  • Asking the right questions
  • Not panicking 
  • Focusing on the right problem 
How to Assess for problem solving skills
As an entrepreneur, it would be good idea to assess the level of problem solving skills of potential candidates before hiring them. Some ways to assess this skills are thought:

Application Forms: Ask for proof of the candidate's problem solving skills in the applications form.
Psychometric Tests: Give potential candidates logical reasoning and critical thinking tests and see how they fare.
Interviews: Create hypothetical problematic situations or raise ethical questions and see how the candidates responds.
Technical Questions: Give candidates examples of real life problems and evaluate their thought process.


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