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Stop Guessing : The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers (Paperback) (Nat Greene)

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Become the greatest problem solver you can be!

Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems.

The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!

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Engaging book, great read!

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SamCreme — 1 year ago
Great read - well-written and engaging throughout. I particularly enjoyed the tangible examples / war stories contained in each of the chapters, that make it clear how I could apply these concepts to my life and work.  see moreof SamCreme's review
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    What kind of problem solver are you?

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    Joe — 1 year ago
    This book helped me better recognize my own habits when I'm tackling a hard problem, and gave great reminders of which habits bring success. Great read!  see moreof Joe's review
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      A great book to grow your self-awareness in problem solving

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      Nico — 1 year ago
      I have a door at the entrance of my apartment that would never stay shut. It would always burst open after a few minutes. I never did anything about it but after reading Stop Guessing I got inspired to get to the bottom of this problem and, by displaying the right behaviors, I found the root cause a...  see moreof Nico's review
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        Will change the way you think about solutions!

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        marosurf — 1 year ago
        I had never realized just how often we try to solve problems based on guesswork. This book will heighten your awareness of behaviors that will either help or hinder your attempts to resolve issues effectively. It can be applied to simple or highly complex issues and will support any structured metho...  see moreof marosurf's review
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          Practical advice for overccoming the challenges to solving problems at work and at home

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          4 out of 5 stars
          Scott — 1 year ago
          Most books i've read on problem solving are too theoretical and detached from the day-to-day realities in which problems exist. This book isn't. The author provides a variety of practical advice on how to deal with stubborn bosses, self-righteous experts, time pressure, fear of failure and various o...  see moreof Scott's review
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            Applies to everyone!

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            5 out of 5 stars
            mjtracy — 1 year ago
            I felt apprehensive about this book applying to me (Stroud mainly deals with manufacturing, so I thought the book would focus on manufacturing problems), but it teaches you concrete skills that you can use around the house, in relationships, for health problems, in the workplace, and more. I now fee...  see moreof mjtracy's review
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