Secrets of Power Problem Solving

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Let's face it: very few people have studied how to solve problems. Problems knock us down like a tsunami and we don't know what to do about it. We lie awake at night worrying about it and spend our days stressing out over a situation that only seems to get worse.

It doesn't have to be that way. Roger Dawson has taught hundreds of thousands of people has to negotiate, persuade, and make decisions, with his lectures, audio programs and books, ...

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Overview


Let's face it: very few people have studied how to solve problems. Problems knock us down like a tsunami and we don't know what to do about it. We lie awake at night worrying about it and spend our days stressing out over a situation that only seems to get worse.

It doesn't have to be that way. Roger Dawson has taught hundreds of thousands of people has to negotiate, persuade, and make decisions, with his lectures, audio programs and books, and now he has turned his attention to something that everyone needs: a way to solve life's problems.

Secrets of Power Problem Solving provides proven techniques and sure-fire strategies for solving eveything the world throws at you. You'll enjoy greater success as you learn how to:

  • Treat every problem as a golden opportunity.

  • Make your intuition work for you.

  • Evaluate your available choices.

  • Create options when you see no solution.

  • Avoid problems in the first place.

  • And much, much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601631527
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 691,307
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Roger Dawson is the renowned best-selling author of 16 books, including Secrets of Power Negotiating, Confident Decision Making, and Secrets of Power Persuasion. His books have been translated into multiple languages throughout the world, including Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch. A full-time speaker since 1982, he has trained managers and salespeople at top companies throughout the United State, Canada, Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand, and helped hundreds of thousands of people attain goals they never thought possible. He lives in La Habra Heights, California and can be reached via his website: www.RogerDawson.com.
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Table of Contents

Section 1 Types of Problems 9

Chapter 1 There Are Only Two Types of Problems 11

Chapter 2 Solving People Problems 14

Chapter 3 Solving Money Problems 24

Section 2 Problem Solving Tools 33

Chapter 4 The Simplest Solution Is the Most Likely 35

Chapter 5 The Five Whys of Problem Solving 39

Chapter 6 Don't Let Anger Exacerbate Your Problem 42

Chapter 7 Let Your Principles Guide You 46

Chapter 8 Does the Problem Deserve a Solution? 51

Chapter 9 Is the Problem Real or Imagined? 53

Chapter 10 What Happens if You Do Nothing? 55

Chapter 11 Is the Problem Really Unique? 57

Section 3 Questions to Ask Before You Solve a Problem 59

Chapter 12 Difficulty Defining the Problem 60

Chapter 13 Don t Solve Problems Too Quickly 64

Chapter 14 Don't Solve Problems Too Slowly 71

Chapter 15 How Quickly Should You Choose? 76

Chapter 16 If the Horse Drops Dead, Get Off Fast 83

Chapter 17 Don't Bang Your Head Against Concrete Principles 87

Intuitive Problem Solving 89

Chapter 18 Do You Have a Golden Gut? 92

Chapter 19 Is Intuitive Problem Solving Obsolete? 97

Chapter 20 How Chunking Improves Your Intuition 102

Chapter 21 Intuition or Rapid Reasoning? 105

Chapter 22 Improving Intuition With Right-Brained Thinking 108

Chapter 23 Controlling the Left and Right Sides of the Brain 112

Chapter 24 Moving Away From the Problem 117

Chapter 25 Finding New Answers With Creative Thinking 121

Section 5 Logical Problem Solving 139

Chapter 26 Go or No-Go Decisions 143

Chapter 27 Ghoosing Between Two Ways to Solve a Problem 149

Chapter 28 Handicapping Critical Decisions 155

Section 6 Gathering Information 159

Chapter 29 Gathering Information Is the Key to Good Problem Solving 162

Chapter 30 Information Drift 165

Section7 Brainstorming 177

Chapter 31 Should You Brainstorm or Not? 179

Chapter 32 The Advantages of Brainstorming 185

Chapter 33 Structured Brainstorming 189

Section 8 What Makes You a Great Problem Solver? 197

Chapter 34 Traits of Great Problem Solvers 198

Index 213

About the Author 219

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Secrets of Power Problem Solving by Roger Dawson provides an ins

    Secrets of Power Problem Solving by Roger Dawson provides an insightful examination of the theories and practices associated with decision-making. Throughout his book, Roger challenges commonly held beliefs about the decision-making process and provides actionable methods to effectively address problems of all types... of which he indicates there are only two, people and money issues.

    In Secrets of Power Problem Solving, Roger presents methods for answering several key decision-making questions:

    - Does the Problem Deserve a Solution?
    - Is the Problem Real or Imagined?
    - How Quickly Should You Choose?
    - Intuition or Rapid Reasoning?
    - What Makes You a Great Problem Solver?

    I like Secrets of Power Problem Solving because of its logical, well-structured approach to everyday decision-making that will be of value to new and seasoned professionals. Roger provides immediately implementable methods for effectively dealing with both people and money challenges. Furthermore, each chapter is summarized by a "Key points from this chapter" list that makes periodic review of his book for principles reinforcement easy and fast.

    If I had one suggestion to offer it would be that the flow of the book and its recommendations would be more easily synthesized by the reader if an overview of the decision-making process was presented in the beginning of the book. This is a very minor point as a moderately experienced decision-maker can easily follow Roger's line of thinking throughout the book.

    Effective decision-making is both a role and challenge for today's professionals. Secrets of Power Problem Solving's methods provide new and seasoned professionals with a collection of decision-making practices that will help them become better decision-makers. Additionally, the recommendations Roger presents throughout his book are very well aligned with StrategyDriven's decision-making best practices; making Secrets of Power Problem Solving a StrategyDriven recommended read.

    All the Best,
    Nathan Ives
    StrategyDriven Principal

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

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    Secrets of Power Problem Solving

    Roger Dawson offers valuable information about solving problems, making decisions and thinking through a dilemma. But with all that, his book surprisingly also contains numerous redundant quotes, poorly constructed sentences and other editorial gaffes. Such faux pas aside, Dawson, a widely-published senior authority in this field, has probably forgotten more about problem solving and decision making than most authors on these topics ever learned. getAbstract urges you to ignore the rough patches and learn how to upgrade your solutions.

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