Learn the key ideas of the book by Nat Greene

Stop Guessing

The techniques for effective problem solving

How many times do we find ourselves faced with a problem that seems impossible to solve? How do great problem solvers find effective solutions when there are hundreds of variables at play? In Stop Guessing, Nat Green shows us how often our approach to problem solving is influenced by our opinion and bias and demonstrates a series of behaviours to adopt in order to help us resolve complex problems.

Stop Guessing
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Many useful tips to:

  • Help you become a better problem solver.
  • Learn the right analysis techniques to solve complex problems.
  • Learn to use a series of tools to find the perfect solution.

The author of the book:

Nat Greene is a leader, author and expert in problem solving. He was involved in the creation of Stroud International, and he helps his clients analyse complex problems and find their ideal solutions. He has written several books, including “Wedged” and “Variable Analysis”.

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What does it mean to be a problem solver

Problems are one of the things that we need to deal with every day, in all different areas of our lives: both at home and at work. Some are simple, and require the application of well-known solutions. Whereas others present themselves in a much more complex way, and they require solutions that are not as immediate. Some of these could be:

  • technical problems at home (boiler, DIY jobs);
  • technical problems at work (product quality, IT issues);
  • organisational problems (logistics or personnel complications);
  • personal problems (physical health, bad habits);
  • conflict with loved ones;
  • social problems, such as injustice, poverty and violence.

If we want to become great problem solvers, we need to learn a series of behaviours, and to apply them at the right moment, so that we can solve a problem that other people might have labelled “impossible”.

Each of these problems can be reduced to a lack of understanding of the basic mechanisms and primary causes, and only the right approach can lead us to the optimum solution.

  

The key ideas of "Stop Guessing"

01.
What does it mean to be a problem solver
02.
Why it is important to avoid guessing
03.
How to “smell” the problem
04.
Why it is important to recognise our ignorance
05.
How to be sure that you are looking for the solution to the right problem
06.
Why we need to know the basics of a process
07.
Why experts are not the perfect solution
08.
The importance of a simple solution
09.
Why the solution must be based on facts
10.
How not to lose sight of the objective
11.
The importance of the choice of method
12.
Quotes
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Take-home message
 
 
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