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5 ways to improve problem solving skills
Agus Setiawan

PhD candidate and result-oriented Director with 25 years experience with involvement in all levels of Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Managing Project and Product Development. Aside of managing a company, he is also the best corporate trainer and public speaker in seminar and conference.

5 Ways to Improve Problem Solving Skills

In digital transformation era, problem solving becomes an important skill that shall be possessed by everyone, especially employee. This skill will help when a problem occurs, so that they can solve it efficiently to keep up their productivity on workplace, and eventually become a good problem solver. Therefore, to be a good problem solver, employees need to develop or improve their problem-solving skills. The following is the ways to develop or improve your problem-solving skills:

Practice

While practice might not make perfect, it does make the problem-solving process easier. Problem solving skills come more naturally to some than to others and that is okay. Take opportunities to get involved and see where you can practice your skills in such situations.

Create a feedback loop

It's valuable to create a system where team members can provide feedback in an ordered and friendly manner so they can all learn from one another. Only by identifying areas of improvement then you can work to improve them.

Try new ways of thinking and change your mindset

As with the problem-solving process, changing your mindset and try new ways of thinking can remove blockages and develop your problem-solving skills.

Ask for help and attend training

Once you have figured out you have a skills gap, the next step is to take action to fill that skills gap. That might conducted by asking your superior for training or coaching or liaising with team members with that skill set, in which problem-solving skill.

Use expert exercises and methods

Learn from the expert. There is no single approach to improve problem solving skills. However, by using the techniques employed by others you can learn from their example and develop processes that have seen proven results.



Conclusion

To summarize, in this digital era, the need of skills especially problem-solving skill is really essentials. Therefore, employee needs to have the skills and develop the skills to successfully win this era and keep up with upcoming changes.

Reference:
Smart, J. (2020). How To Improve Your Problem Solving Skills And Build Effective Problem Solving Strategies. Session Lab blog. https://www.sessionlab.com/blog/problem-solving-skills-and-strategies/

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