Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People

by Ken Watanabe

Number of pages: 128

Publisher: Portfolio

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 9781591842422

About the Author

Ken Watanabe grew up bilingual in Japan and studied in the United States at Yale and Harvard Business School. He was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for six years. He is now the founder and CEO of his own education, entertainment, and media company, Delta Studio.


Editorial Review

Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant.

Book Reviews

"Problem Solving 101 is a book which you can read in a single evening. It’s very clearly written and in it’s core focused on children .." Johny

"The key as the book points out in the first chapter is that problem solving is something anyone can learn as it is simply a process." Convergeconsulting

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Wisdom to Share

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Challenge your own thinking processes and conclusions.

Look for information to help you make the best decision in the given time.

Ask for advice. You do not have to figure everything out on your own.

Spend more time thinking about actions you can take to get closer to your goals, then actually take action.

Spend less time worrying about things.

Weigh each of the positive and negative points you listed. Finally, select the most attractive option.

You should develop a problem-solving design plan before you start chasing information.

A hypothesis is a hunch. It is what you think is the most likely explanation for your problem, but you have not yet confirmed it.

Problem solving is not a talent limited to the lucky few. It is actually a skill and a habit that you can learn.