Friday, November 20, 2009

Problem Solving 101

It's my habit. I love to read a few books at the same time. Currently, I am reading Seth Godin's Tribe, Ken Watanabe's Problem Solving 101 and John C. Maxwell's How Successful People Think

I've just finished reading Problem Solving 101, given it a 6.5/10 because I have learnt about critical thinking skills before my reading. The easy-reading and interesting illustrations made it a page turner!

Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese school children. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant.

He was amazed to discover that adults were thirst for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople uses it to master some powerful skills.

Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend.

Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middle-schooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems. - Adapted from

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