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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Part 2

Problem-solving essentials

Barriers to problem solving

There is something rather magical about solving a problem. When you find a solution, often you know instinctively that is the right one – it just feels right. Problems may manifest themselves in many ways, including:

  • a discrepancy between expectations and reality;
  • failure to meet a standard;
  • the need for something to exceed the standard;
  • inconsistent results or performance.

There are many reasons why it is difficult to find a solution to a problem. Here are some common causes and brief solutions and, after the table below, you will find more detailed ways of dealing with each issue.

Cause Solution (in brief)
Failure by some to recognise that there is a problem Help them ...

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