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How to Solve Almost Any Problem by Alan Barker

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Chapter 3

What’s your style?: your problem-solving profile and what it means

Problem-solving is all about liberating ourselves from stuckness. You know you have a problem when you want to do something but you don’t know what to do. As we’ve seen in Chapter 1, we have an astonishing array of mental tools and techniques to unstick our thinking. No other animal on earth is such a versatile problem-solver.

Becoming a better problem-solver, then, means becoming even more versatile. All of us favour some forms of thinking over others. We’re as much creatures of habit as of creativity. We develop the thinking styles we find successful, and allow the less successful styles to wither. Becoming more versatile means exploiting the styles of thinking ...

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