THINKING SKILLS (problem solving and decision making)

We live in a world of fast change and challenge. Good thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to making your way in life. Our values and beliefs shape how we see, and deal with the problems we face. Some of us must work harder to succeed, but this builds courage, humility and resilience. These are all priceless skills for life and work. 

To see where you’re at with your problem solving and decision making, take this quick Thinking Skills Questionnaire.

To help you recognise difficulties, identify solutions, implement them, and finally follow up to make sure they were successful, check out this article: What Is Problem Solving?

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Identify and assess options before you make a decision #

For every problem there are many possible solutions. Being good at brainstorming and then to work out which solution is best, is an important life skill. Impress your boss by learning how to get better at imagining possible solutions. Also, how you recommend to your boss which option to go with.

Try our Breaking Down Problems Activity to help you break the problems down so you can deal with it easier.

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Recognise problems and use your initiative to find solutions #

Being able to identify a problem is a skill. Not all problems are easy to spot. For example, disagreements between people, or making do without tools or working with broken equipment is a problem. Being adaptable and creative are great skills, but your boss will want to know if there are problems. He or she will also want you to come to them with solutions, not just the problem on its own. Click the link to help you with Tips For Effective Thinking And Decision Making.

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Think about consequences before you act #

Thinking before we speak and act is an important skill. It helps to maintain the relationships and opportunities we have. Having a positive mindset helps us to think things through first. You don't want to rush in with a ‘terminator’ approach and destroy your opportunities. When you choose not to burn bridges with people who support you, it will help keep you stay connected. Have a look at Thinking About Consequences Activity for some tips on how to do this.

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