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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, ...
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:
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
About the Author 219
Posted April 9, 2013
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,
Posted November 10, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.