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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 61: Checklist – Problem solving

A key skill, both when you are thinking something through by yourself and when you are leading or participating in a team, is to ask the right questions. Questions are the spanners that unlock the mind. Here are the kind of questions you should ask yourself – and others – during the process of tackling a problem.

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Understanding the problem

x25A1_MathematicalPi-Six_9n_000100 When did you first sense or become aware of the problem or the need for a decision?

Have you defined the problem or objective in your own words? (Remember that a problem properly ...

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