Tag Archives: problem solving

Savvy Saturday May 27, 2017

“Customers rarely make buying decisions around what the “average” customer in their category may do—but they often buy things because they find themselves with a problem they would like to solve.”

…from the Christensen Institute.

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Savvy Saturday April 2, 2016

“We are at a critical point where rapid change is forcing us to look not just to new ways of solving problems but to new problems to solve.” -Tim Brown

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Bouldering and Problem Solving

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In climbing, a “problem” is a large, technically difficult rock. Climbing it is referred to as “solving” by alpinists.

There is something gorgeously poetic and awesomely revealing in this little piece of bouldering trivia. It goes to show what Cicero said years ago about the importance of naming things correctly. Metaphorically speaking or not, attributing names to things helps us understand our place in the world.

– EMC

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“Know Thyself”

I am researching “know thyself” for an upcoming project and wanted to share with you why I think this phrase is important in business and in life in general. Why? Because when you know yourself: you know your strengths and weaknesses, you know your likes and dislikes, you know your goals and your dreams; with this knowledge you are able to overcome the day to day, see more strategically, seize opportunities, negotiate better, mitigate risks and make decisions that mean something to the people around you – be it your customers, your family, your friends, your competitors or your nemeses!

Doing meaningful work is associated with knowing yourself. Creation of value comes when knowledge and talent intersects with opportunity to solve a problem that may otherwise not have been solved.

know thyself (knowledge + talent) + opportunity = value

It means that all of us have the opportunity to create something of value; the most difficult part could be knowing thyself.

 

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

~Sun Tzu

 

 

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