Problem Solving Made Easy

Written by Adrian Kennelly

"Problems are opportunities in work clothes". Henry J Kaiser, American industrialist

"I proceed with a courageous and honest analysis ofrepparttar situation. Then I determine whatrepparttar 146976 worst consequences of my failure could be. After imaginingrepparttar 146977 most disastrous consequences that could result, I resign myself to accept them in case it becomes necessary. From that moment on, I concentrate all my time and energy to looking for ways that could alleviaterepparttar 146978 consequences which, mentally, I have already accepted". Dale Carnegie, American orator

Problems: You either love 'em or hate 'em. For some they represent a challenge, something from which to learn. For others problems arerepparttar 146979 beginning ofrepparttar 146980 end, a reason to 'down tools' forrepparttar 146981 day. This is what distinguishes winners from losers, business successes from failures.

Positive thinkers act in a similar way to Carnegie, namely recognising that a problem exists, understandingrepparttar 146982 possible consequences, anticipatingrepparttar 146983 worst possible scenario, and formulating their objectives on this.

Recognising That a Problem Exists

All problems share one characteristic. All are deviations fromrepparttar 146984 norm. For example, where your average/anticipated sales during a given period are Ј200, you have a potential problem where actual sales are significantly less.

All successful businesses set standards. The first step towards solving problems presupposes that you have determined measurable standards against which to measure progress and performance. From this, you periodically compare actual against projected performance. This is best achieved as a team exercise, including management and staff, as appropriate.

Analysingrepparttar 146985 Problem: Defining its Scope

Here you are locating and determiningrepparttar 146986 extent of your problem, deciding whether it has short-term or long-term consequences. A well-defined problem is almost solved and frequentlyrepparttar 146987 solution is obvious. A useful tip is to draw up a 'Problem Analysis Worksheet', including vertical columns where aspects ofrepparttar 146988 problem can be recorded: whatrepparttar 146989 problem is, who was responsible for it, when it occurred, what its consequences might be, whatrepparttar 146990 ideal situation would be (your objectives), how seriousrepparttar 146991 problem is, and so on. Having considered all aspects ofrepparttar 146992 problem, as a team,repparttar 146993 group then lists possible solutions.

Focus on Objectives: Classify these as 'Essential' or 'Desirable'

Your objectives are results you want to achieve, your ideal situation. These should be listed as 'essential' or 'desirable'.

African Americans get the Winning Edge

Written by Bret Searles

Everybody wants an edge that will give him or her a competitive advantage that will help him or her accomplish a goal faster, easier or better. Athletes will train harder and longer. They will eat right, sleep right and even give up sex if they think it will give them a winning edge. Some athletes have gone as far as taking up ballet, yoga or illegal drugs to improve performance.

In business,repparttar winning edge may be a critical piece of information, an inside connection, a chance meeting with a key decision maker or a well-rehearsed sales presentation. It doesn’t matter whatrepparttar 146924 edge is as long as you have it and your competition doesn’t.

As African Americans,repparttar 146925 winning edge in business has historically been denied us. Access to capital, ownership rights, quality education and relationships with White decision makers inrepparttar 146926 business world were historically hard to come by. Many tried to succeed and did but many more fell byrepparttar 146927 wayside, unable to overcome these huge barriers.

We no longer live inrepparttar 146928 day and age where these obstacles are forced in place by society. That doesn’t mean however, that we have full access and participation inrepparttar 146929 “ownership society.” The changing world economy though, offers us a prime opportunity to achieve significant gains in entrepreneurship, asset accumulation and wealth.

However, we need to adoptrepparttar 146930 first winning edge in business, sports and, even, relationships. That edge is a winning attitude or mindset.

A winning attitude produces winners. A losing attitude produces losers. Its not much more complicated then that however, some explanation is in order.

I define a winner as someone that wins more then he loses. A person that wins when winning matters most.

Take note that a winner is not someone who always wins and never loses. You can lose all day play slot machines at a casino but if you win big once and walk away with more then you started, you’re considered a winner that day. In fact,repparttar 146931 casino always wins but they know that occasionally letting you win will keep you coming back to try out your luck.

In business, you could start 3 failing business but if your fourth one takes off, everyone will talk about what a success you are. Getting it right once can make you a winner. Most people never make first attempt in business, relationships, public speaking and a whole host of things because of fear. These people may never fail but not failing is notrepparttar 146932 same as winning. Many will give up on these things after a single failure. Onrepparttar 146933 other hand,repparttar 146934 winner always wins at least once after several and sometimes many failures. The second part ofrepparttar 146935 definition involves winning when winning matters most. The Bible says, “What does it profit a man if he should gainrepparttar 146936 whole world and lose his own soul.” Winning often involves sacrifice but there is a limit to how much we should sacrifice.

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