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4 Types of Problems

Known    Stretching    Challenging    Unknown


Classification of Problems

Problem Solving





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Your Most Useful Dictionary

Problem is what you perceive to be a problem.

A problem is the difference between what you have and what you want. It may be a matter of getting something, of getting rid of something, of avoiding something, or of getting to know what you want.





Solve a problem and you'll be successful for a day.

Become a
Great Problem Solver
and you'll be successful for your lifetime!

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4 Types of Problems





Known, solution requires just action

Most of the problems in life stem from one cause: we can't get ourselves to take action. It's not that we don't know what to do. The problem is getting ourselves to follow through, overcome procrastination and resistance to change and just do it. Can be solved by adopting the right mindset and self-motivation.


Know Your Enemies

The Art of War

Example of Problem Solving

Solving Weight Problem




Known, solution requires additional expertise

Requires for its solution a deeper insight to discover the route cause of the problem, or a better technique for handling information, or additional skills, or different attitude. Can be solved by holistic, vertical and systematic thinking.

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Known, solution requires new approaches, reframing, and creative thinking

Requires no new information but reframing or rearrangement of information already available: an insight restructuring and questioning. This type of problems requires changing perceptual positions as well as holisticlateral and outside-the-box thinking for their solution. The best approach is turning problems to opportunities.

4 Levels of Problem Solving


Problem Solving

4 Levels





Example: Russians vs. Americans

How To Overcome Resistance to Change




Treat problems as opportunities
because that's what they are!




Unknown, need to be identified

The problem is to realize that there is a problem, that things can be improved and define this realization as a problem. Dealing with this type of hidden problems requires challenging assumptions, asking “Why?” and “What if?” questions, benchmarking, and cross-pollination of ideas.

Amazing Thinker 360


Challenge Assumptions

Tips for Challenging Assumptions

Creative Dissatisfaction

Beginner's Mind

Kaizen Mindset






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Solve a problem and you'll be successful for a day. Become a Great Problem Solver and you'll be successful for your lifetime!

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