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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Magazine article Montessori Life

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book For Smart People By Ken Watanabe Illustrations by Allan Sanders Portfolio, 2009 $22.95

Does your life feel out of control? Do you want to know how to take charge? To learn to overcome and even enjoy challenges? No matter who you are, how old you are, or the size of the problem, author and former management consultant Ken Watanabe has made it his mission to present a simple method to use when making everyday decisions. To him, problem solving is "a habit, not a talent."

Problem Solving 101 introduces a framework for critical thinking skills and applies this framework to easily understandable situations. However, the author first discusses the attitudes that get in the way of problem solving. As you meet "Miss Sigh," "Mr. Critic," "Miss Dreamer," and "Mr. Go-Getter," the author is careful to point out both positive and negative characteristics of each personality. The analysis of these attitudes serves as the introduction to the author's problem-solving process.

Watanabe uses three clever scenarios as examples of the "how -to" in solving problems: 1) Saving the Mushroom Lovers Band; 2) How John Octopus Gets a Computer; and 3) How Kiwi, the Soccer Girl, Chooses a New School. …

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