Confronted with a problem most of us are quick to think of solutions as ways to eliminate it. But those aren’t the only solutions. At times, you may be better off with a solution that helps you control how the problem unfolds, so also consider solutions that manage the problem. Manage the […]
Some problems require complex solutions. Others don’t. It’s important that you recognize the situation you’re in and find a solution that is as simple as possible. That is, don’t overdesign solutions. To illustrate, let’s make fun of the French like we’re a Republican running for office in 2003. Designing solutions, more isn’t necessarily […]
Many of the advanced doctoral students I speak with share one characteristics: they fail to recognize that they have transferrable skills and knowledge. And, as they finally land an interview with a potential employer, they’re selling themselves short. But getting an advanced degree, or indeed, solving any complex problem, brings you more […]
Just a quick note to let you know that the book I’ve been working on, Strategic Thinking in Problem Solving, is now officially under contract with Oxford University Press. More soon.
“The more cheese, the more holes; but the more holes, the less cheese. Therefore the more cheese, the less cheese.” So goes the paradoxe du fromage à trous. Nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a little more accuracy on what we mean. So accuracy—the conformity to truth or to a standard […]