Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

by Ken Watanabe

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Overview

The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm

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.

He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills.

Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend.

Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591842422
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 760,419
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
librarythingaliba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a super quick read. It is clearly aimed at children (something they make clear at the beginning) and to someone who is already reasonably logical and a "list person" it was a little on the rudimentary side. Stepping outside of my head for a moment, it is a great primer on problem solving and thinking logically. It is especially interesting how in all of the "case studies" the subjects end up going through a re-frame, where they get to challenge their assumptions and correct them based on new information. This would be a great addition to school (and board room) curriculum.
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Chicago-Mike More than 1 year ago
I found the book useful. It's strong point is the graphs and tools explanations. Written well - scholarly without non-pretentious.
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Problem Solving 101 is a great book if you are stuck on a project or a problem and is very useful in many other cases. If you need help many things, you should try reading and using this book.
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Jerry_QuickBooks More than 1 year ago
Organized well and to the point. As it says it is a simple book, but it works!
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