Stop Guessing by Nat Greene
The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers

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...while we may not all be geniuses, this book can make us far more effective at whatever it is that we do. Work, and life, are filled with problems. If we all started thinking and stopped guessing, imagine how much better the world could be.
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Become the greatest problem solver you can be!

Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems.

The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!
 

About Nat Greene

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Nat Greene is a cofounder and CEO of Stroud International, which has solved dozens of "impossible" technical problems for clients across the world. He is focused on helping people make radically better decisions and believes spreading great problem solving is core to this goal.
 
Published April 3, 2017 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 160 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Patricia Gale on Apr 03 2017

...while we may not all be geniuses, this book can make us far more effective at whatever it is that we do. Work, and life, are filled with problems. If we all started thinking and stopped guessing, imagine how much better the world could be.

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