Problem Solving 101

Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People

Book - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm

Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. 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 hungry 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 can also use 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 middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

Baker & Taylor
Outlines a problem-solving strategy that is currently popular in Japan, explaining how his philosophies about critical thinking can be effectively applied to American business environments to enable better decision making.

& Taylor

Outlines a popular Japanese problem-solving strategy, explaining how the author's philosophies about critical thinking can be applied to American business environments to enable better decision making.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2009
ISBN: 9781591842422
Branch Call Number: 153.43 WATAN
Characteristics: xii, 111 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Problem solving one hundred one


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Mar 19, 2015

Nice short read! The book talks about the fundamental tools that help organize thoughts and provide a way to progress further and take actions.


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