Creative Problem Solver

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12:00am 1 Jan 1970

What is creative problem solving?

Creative Problem Solving, otherwise called Critical Thinking, can be broken down into different sections listed below. Some sections have links to helpful activities to keep you informed and test your skills. You should read the guide to each section and grow your understanding of each area.

Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking are two expressions that show the difference between them when it comes to their inner meanings.

Are you interested in solving today’s big problems? If so, you will need to develop an inquisitive mind and strong investigation skills. Are you able to ask powerful questions such as: Why? Do you have the skills necessary to imagine new solutions and create action plans? How strong is your critical thinking? How about your creative thinking? Take this assessment to find out!

Active problem solving: Problem solving is the kind of skill that we rarely think about in our day-to-day lives.

To be an effective problem-solver, you need to be systematic and logical in your approach. This quiz helps you assess your current approach to problem solving. By improving this, you'll make better overall decisions. And as you increase your confidence with solving problems, you'll be less likely to rush to the first solution – which may not necessarily be the best one.

Decision making: Decision making is a core skill that every employee will need to use at some stage in their career. To prove you are good at decision making, you will need to make the best possible choice in the shortest time possible, as well as being able to show reasons that support your decisions

How Good Is Your Decision Making? Are you ready to take the plunge?

Decision making is a key skill in the workplace and is particularly important if you want to be an effective leader.

What are negotiation and influencing skills? 

Negotiation, influence and persuasion are all closely linked and are all aspects of interpersonal and communication skills. There are many different styles of negotiation skill and influencing skills and the two are distinct, as explained here:

  • Negotiation - is the ability to discuss an issue with one or more other people to determine ways to reach agreement and mutual satisfaction. This usually relates to an issue or issues where both parties have an existing interest or opinion.
  • Influence - The ability to change others' attitudes, opinions or essential behaviours and can be direct or indirect. This usually relates to an issue or issues that are not currently being addressed or considered.

Try using this helpful resource to improve your ability to negotiate and influence in 7 easy steps.

How Strong Are Your Influencing Skills?

Identify and Increase Your Range of Influencing Tactics. Are you a confident influencer in your workplace, or do you feel limited by your role or by your personality? How good an influencer are you? Take the quiz to find out! 

Other core areas of Problem solving include:

Risk Management - In the world of finance, risk management refers to the practice of identifying potential risks in advance, analysing them and taking precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk. Description: When an entity makes an investment decision, it exposes itself to a number of financial risks.

Knowledge Application - Knowledge application is when available knowledge is used to make decisions and perform tasks through direction and routines.

Some example questions you could be asked around creative problem solving include: 

  • Describe a time where you have used your creative and critical thinking skills to tackle a situation?
  • What is the biggest risk taken in relationship to this activity? How did you handle the process?
  • Describe a time where you have used theoretical underpinning in a professional /personal situation?
  • What decision(s) did you make and how did you go about it?
  • Describe a situation where you needed to negotiate & influence different stakeholders. What approaches did you use?

You should come up with answers to these questions in your own time and make sure you’re prepared. If you can master each of these aspects then you have mastered creative problem solving!

Finally, when answering these questions make sure to use the STAR technique, and to check out this informative information about how to answer interview style questions using the STAR technique.

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