Creative Problem Solver
What is creative problem solving?
Creative Problem Solving 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.
A quiz to test your problem solving ability.
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. Take the quiz to test your decision making skills: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_79.htm
Negotiation, influence and persuasion are all closely linked and are all aspects of interpersonal and communication skills. However, there are subtle differences which are defined below;
Negotiation 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 behaviour 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?
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:
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!