Developing Yourself:

Achievement Management

Effective Problem Solving

The Art, Science, and Practice

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"The solving a problem lies in finding the solvers." ~ Van Herpen's Law



4 Levels of Problem Solving Turning Problems To Opportunities Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Thinking Outside the Box Problem Solving: 4 Levels: Fixing a Problem, Making it Better than Before, Creative Problem Solving, Turing Problems To Opportunities



Four Types of Problems

  1. Known, solution requires just action

  2. Known, solution requires additional expertise:

  3. Known, solution requires reframing and creative approaches

  4. Unknown, need to be identified:... More

Reframing and Turning Your Problems To Opportunities

Your perception of any problem depends on the position from where you perceive it.



Pearls of Wisdom


Desires are the cause suffering. If desire, which lies at the route of all human passion, can be removed, then passion will die out and all human suffering will be ended.


He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.

Rabindranath Tagore

Everything will settle in its own place automatically.

Lao Tzu


For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Albert Einstein

Problems are just opportunities in their work clothes.

Henry Kaisers

12 Effective Leadership Roles

  • Be willing to discuss and solve problems; listen with understanding; support and help... More



A Model for Solving Complex Problems

Developed by Fidelity Investments

S Situation: "Where are we now?"... More

Jokes and Humorous Quotations

Burke's Rule

  1. Never create a problem for which you do not have the answer.

  2. Create problems for which only you have the answer.

10 Steps To Resolving Inner and Outer Conflict

  • Practice Non-Violence (physical, mental and verbal) within yourself and your own life.

  • Assume an Attitude of Non-Possessiveness (physical and emotional) avoiding over accumulation of possessions that causes us to protect and defend... More

Negotiation DOs and DON'Ts


Kaizen Mindset

Add More Value for Your Customer

  • Think of yourself as a provider of solutions, rather than of products or services... More

NLP Technology of Achievement

3 Rules for Dealing with Rude and Unfair Clients

  • Just because they are being negative, you don't have to be rude or defensive concentrate on the problem, not the person... More




  1. Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono

  2. Decision Making and Problem Solving, John Adair

  3. The NLP Coach, Ian McDermott and Wendy Jago

  4. Agenda, Michael Hammer

  5. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley

  6. ASIT Advanced Systematic Inventive Thinking, Roni Horowitz

  7. Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono

  8. Customer problems can create business opportunities, Scott Clark

  9. Great Problem Solver, Vadim Kotelnikov

  10. Entrepreneurial Creativity, Vadim Kotelnikov


Problem Defined

A problem is simply the difference between what you have and what you want. It may be a matter of getting something, of getting rid of something, of avoiding something, or of getting to know what you want.

Restore the Balance

Balance is a key element of a happy life and sustainable business.

Yin (passive, receptive) and Yang (active, creative) are both opposing forces and complementary pairs. Problems arise not when the two forces are battling, but when there is an imbalance between them in the environment. Conflicts, business problems, health disorders, divorce, and other problems all can be attributed to disharmony in the forces of Yin and Yang... More

Turning Problems into Opportunities

There's an old saying "There are no problems only opportunities." Too often we focus on problems and fail to see opportunities right in front of us. When you focus on your problems when you only think of what is wrong  you will only see problems and fail to see opportunities and solutions. 

How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities: 6 Tips

Turning Problems to Opportunities: 6 Tips

  1. Start to believe you can. Think positively. Most people simply do not get what they want because they have no courage to believe that they can achieve it... More

Creativity Quotes

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." ~ Buckminster Fuller.. More

5 Things You Should Know To Win

Source: The Art of War, Sun Tzu

You must know five things to win:

  • Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems... More

Two Approaches

It has been said that 98% of an organization's problems can be solved routinely. However, the remaining 2% of an organization's problems   the problems that have the greatest effect on the organization require innovation to surmount.

Build cross-functional expertise to be able to find innovative solutions to old problems. Simple solutions to many problems are often just nearby waiting for you to find them.

 Case in Point  Focus on Problems vs. Focus on Solutions

When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (Ink won't flow down to the writing surface). In order to solve this problem, they hired Andersen Consulting (Accenture today). It took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.

And what did Russians do.......................................??

The Russians used a Pencil !!!

So, learn to focus on solutions not on problems. "If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything." "If you look at what you have in life, you have everything." Yet someone said "Focus on problem leads to inventions! and Focus on solution leads to discoveries."


Inspirational Business Plan: Successful Innovation

Risk Management Strategy: "One should never impose one's views on a problem; one should rather study it, and in time a solution will reveal itself." ~ Albert Einstein... More

Murphy's Law in Project Management

Every solution breeds new problems... More

Happiness It's All in Our Own Hands

Think in a positive way. When you encounter a problem, try to look for the good points. Everything has at least one good point... More

Turning Failures Into Opportunities: 3 Steps

1. Get rid of negative emotions and learn!... More

Two Rules for Business Start-Ups

Entrepreneurship is the art of finding profitable solutions to problems. Every successful entrepreneur, every successful businessperson has been a person who has been able to identify a problem and come up with a solution to it before somebody else did. Here are the five rules for entrepreneurship... More

Five-Why Process

In most situation, real problems and root causes are obscured by apparent problems. The intent of the "Five-Why" procedure is to assure that the route causes and not merely superficial symptoms are corrected. The "Five-Why Process" was introduced at Toyota to find solution to manufacturing problems, but this approach can be applied to any other area as well.  Ask "Why this problem happened?" to discover its underlying problem; then ask "Why?" again to go deeper by another level until you reach the root cause. Asking "why" repeatedly, possibly more than five times, directs the focus toward real causes so problems can be solved permanently... More


The best-known and widely used team-based problem-solving and creative-thinking technique is brainstorming. One major reason why brainstorming is useful is that it helps to free us from 'fixed ideas'... More

Six Thinking Hats

Analyzing Problems and Selecting Solutions

The Six Thinking Hats proposal analysis tool invented by Edward de Bono7 is particularly useful for evaluating innovative and provocative ideas. While most of our thinking is adversarial, the six thinking hats technique overcomes these difficulties by forcing everyone to think in parallel. As participants wear each hat white, red, yellow, black, green, or blue they all must think a certain way at the same time... More

Solving Problems and Making Decisions in Discussion With Other People

How to solve problems and make decisions more effectively in discussions with other people. Your ability to communicate is the most important skill you can develop to get on to the fast track in your career. Perhaps the most important thing you do in business is to solve problems and make decisions, both by yourself and with other people... More

Memorization Problems: Solved!

Have you ever had problems in remembering names, numbers, grocery items needed, and other little details such as the location where you placed your car keys this morning? The truth is, we all have our moments of forgetting little bits of information that matters at the exact moment we need them.

But did you know that memorization techniques boil down to two basic things?... More


Art, Science, and Practice of Problem Solving...

The Power of Positive Thinking...

6 Steps of the Problem-Solving Process...

Turning Problems into Opportunities...

Ask Searching Questions...

Your Best Tools for Effective Problem Solving...

NLP Solutions: Reframing...

Dealing With Unfair Customers...

The Power of Prototyping...

Working Backwards...

Selling is Solving Problems of Your Customers...

Add More Value (AMV) for Your Customer...

Effective Problem Solving in Business...

Instant Payoff Coaching on Problem Solving...

Management Success: Resolving Problems Effectively...

Systemic Thinking...

Lateral Thinking...

Systems Thinking...

Ten-Step Guide to Resolving Inner and Outer Conflict...

Making Big Changes...





Creative Problem Solving

Questions for Creative Business Problem Solving

Step Out Of Your Shoes

6 Steps of the Problem Solving Process

STRIDES a Model for Solving Complex Problems


Unlock Your Creativity

10 Secrets of Creativity

Challenging Assumptions

Tips for Challenging Assumptions

"Why?" and "What If?" Questions

Illusion or Reality? Question Your Assumption

Success Secrets

Entrepreneurial Creativity

Happiness It's All in Our Own Hands

How To Make Better Decisions

Turning Failures To Opportunities: 3 Steps

The 4 Most Deadly Words

Memorization Problems: Solved!

People Skills

Solving People Problems

10-Step Guideline for Resolving Inner and Outer Conflict: a Yoga Approach


 Problems, Solutions