Author(s): Alan Barker
Problems block and slow down your progress; here's how to overcome them-simply, efficiently and effectively. This book offers straightforward, empowering science-based solutions to problems, big and small, at work or in life. It takes a never before seen approach to problem solving, powerfully combining lessons from cognitive science, established problem-solving theory and vast practical experience. It includes a radical new approach to analysing problems: The Problem Matrix. This will transform your approach to problems, challenge your thinking and help you develop new, positive, solution-focussed mindsets for the long-term.
Alan Barker is the MD of Kairos Training Limited, a consultancy devoted to developing thinking and communication skills. He has been training and coaching for over 20 years, is a member of the UK Speechwriter's Guild and is the published author of over 10 books.
Introduction 1 Being stuck: what it means to have a problem 2 Welcome to your brain: Nature's problem-solver and how it works (sort of) 3 What's your style?: understanding your problem-solving profile 4 Am I bothered?: blame, resistance and the call to ownership 5 Puzzle, headache, plan, dream: four types of problem 6 Closing the gap: solving puzzles 7 Treating headaches: what to do when problems become wicked 8 Design thinking: planning the way forward 9 Dreaming the future: creative problem-solving 10 Making it happen: deciding wisely 11 Towards collaboration: solving problems with other people