Book #17 – Problem Solving 101

problem solving 101Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People- Ken Watanabe

Portfolio – 2009 – ISBN: 978-1-59184-242-2


Ken Watanabe is rather new to me.  Before I saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I had no clue who he was.  However, after reading this book, I am really impressed by how simple he makes problem solving.

In 2007, the prime minister of Japan wanted shift the education system from a memorization based system to a problem solving one.  Watanabe felt compelled to write this book and begin teach kids.  He felt that he needed to make a system to teach kids about problem solving.  He has been taking the principles that he developed and using them to teach children.

Most people exist without the ability to find any solutions to  problem.  Most of us exist without common sense or the ability to truly be able to deal with situations and circumstances. We get frozen in the headlights of on coming problems because we cannot solve problems.  We complain about our situation.  Watanabe describes for us four different types of people who choose not to be problem solvers.  We don’t have to be born to be problem solvers.  We can become one by learning the principles.

Action Points:

  1. There are four different types of people.  I realize that I have tendencies toward one specific and pieces of the others. I have to minimize them as much as possible and be a problem solver.
  2. The process of problem solving is not complex.  It’s really simple.  It’s hard because we make things more complex than they need to be.
  3. The process of problem solving requires practice and needs you to keep moving forward.  Don’t get stuck on a step.
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