Are You A Problem Solver?

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Hello world zobopians! Do you know how to solve a problem? My father always told me to in order to solve something you break up the larger problem into smaller parts or sections. Then you solve each part one by one until…”problem solved”.

I’ve learned recently, reading the book ‘How to become more creative’*, that problem solving has seven (7) phases. They go like this:

  1. Orientation : Find out and point out the problem.
  2. Preparation : Gather material relevant to the problem.
  3. Analysis : Break down the relevant material.
  4. Hypothesis : Pile up alternative ideas. {Don’t be prejudiced.}
  5. Incubation : Relax and let up to invite illumination. {Sleep on it.}
  6. Synthesis : Putting the pieces together.
  7. Verification : Judge the resultant ideas.

I know it’s a bit terse but I think you can & will figure it out. Now get out there and be a problem solver! 🙂
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Note: *Alex F. Osborn wrote the book.

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Merit And Maintain Trust

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Hello zobopians! So you think you know how to merit & maintain trust? Thanks to Dale Carnegie and his philosophy maybe we can figure this out.

[This is a continuation of my June 4th, 2014 blog post.]

  1. Avoid Arguments — {Who needs more conflict?}
  2. Never say, “You’re Wrong” — {Might lead to argument.}
  3. Admit Faults Quickly/Emphatically — {Follows #2}
  4. Begin in a Friendly way — {Diffuses conflict.}
  5. Access Affinity — {Attraction to a person.}
  6. Surrender the Credit — {Follows #2 & #3}
  7. Engage with Empathy — {Share feelings with other.}
  8. Appeal to Noble Motives — {Appeal to how they imagine themselves.}
  9. Share Your Journey — { Go together to accomplish mission.}
  10. Throw Down a Challenge — { Invokes a reaction.}

Well, that’s all for Dale Carnegie for now. I hope it was worth it. It was for me. Hope I can put these to practice.

Two Forms of Interpersonal Communication

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Hello world zobopians! In my previous post about communication I discussed how one should not criticize. This time I compare two forms of interpersonal communication.

  • Dialogue [Two sided conversation] —–> Monologue [One sided]
  • Considerate [Humble] —– > Conceited
  • Authentic [Real] —–> Fake [Phony]
  • Transparent —–> Manipulate
  • Secure —–> Needy
  • Interested in meeting needs —–> Interested in making money
  • Builds trust —–> Builds tension

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More from Dale Carnegie in the near future.  Until that time…

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