Ken Watanabe's Problem Solving 101 is becoming a business book hit in America.
At just 100 pages long, it "was originally written as a textbook for seventh- and eighth-graders" in Japan but its simplicity has struck a chord with Japanese business people, as well. Using "simple-looking illustrations and flowcharts," the book tells readers how to diagnose a problem and then implement a solution.
For example, a case called "The Mushroom Lovers" is about "a rock band that can't get an audience at concerts.
Ken instructs readers to think like doctors trying to cure a patient.
1. listing potential causes of the problem
2. arriving at a hypothesis for the most likely cause
3. analyzing the cause
4. coming up with possible solutions
5. then prioritizing action and implementing a plan.
hmmmmm....practical, actionable, measurable......maybe we should ship a few cases of this to Washington D.C.
A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness. Proverbs 13:16 (The Message)