Problem Solving

Thomas Edison not only invented the light bulb, he filed for more than 1,000 patents and essentially invented the concept of R&D, or the system of looking at problems and solving them creatively. The guy knew how to innovate. What can we learn from one of America’s greatest problem solvers?
Pump up your managers with useful research they don’t have time to do themselves … Sharpen your workplace instincts by playing The Office-Politics Game … Soothe stress by first dividing triggers into two categories …

Decision time? Use 40/70 vision

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Problem Solving

You need to make a decision between two options, and time is a factor. But you don’t have all the information you need, probably only 75%. Is it better to decide now or wait until you have more information? You should make the decision now, according to the 40/70 rule.

Want new ideas? Diversify your team

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Problem SolvingTeamwork

You probably know that a diverse group is likely to yield the most creative work. But you may not realize just how diverse a team should be, particularly if it needs to come up with new, innovative ideas. Your team needs diversity in three areas: job function, age and gender.
Planning an out-of-town meeting? Here’s how to deal with delays, cancellations, shutdowns, mergers and other airline industry woes.

8 best ‘how to’ web sites

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: InternetProblem Solving

When you need an answer to a burning question (How do I use this new software? How do I remove ink marks from a white shirt? Can my iPod be fixed?), turn to these eight how-to sites on the web, rated the best by PC World.

3 don’ts for your next meeting

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsProblem Solving

Work is ever more collaborative, and the need for daily efficiency stronger than ever. So who has time for boring, unproductive meetings? No one. Keep meetings focused by heeding these don’ts.
Turn to the wisdom of crowds, rather than calling the help line, next time you encounter tech glitches on your Smartphone:’s forums break down problems by model.
When President-elect Barack Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, he did what a senior executive does when choosing an assistant: He selected a person who would help him get things done. Are you like Rahm Emanuel?
Businesses already had a problem with innovation, even before the economic crisis. But this is no time to let innovative ideas slip out the back door, says Judy Estrin, former chief technology officer at Cisco Systems and author of “Closing the Innovation Gap.”
The current economic meltdown underscores this reality: We’re never too far from a crisis. Before a crisis causes things to blow up, train your office for first response.
America’s foremost business philosopher, Jim Rohn, says the biggest mistake people make is thinking they work for someone else, rather than themselves. When you pretend that you work for yourself, you’re more apt to take initiative. Here’s why.
Do you want a brainstorming session to generate one great idea or several above-average ones? A new study looked at two models: 1. Assembling a group of people and having them come up with product ideas. 2. Asking individuals to work on ideas by themselves before sharing their thinking. Who came up with better ideas?