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Problem Solving 101 : A Simple Book for Smart People
by Ken Watanabe

Overview - Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 to help kids' critical thinking skills, but soon adults were drawn to it as well. Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 to help kids' critical thinking skills, but soon adults were drawn to it as well. Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591842422
  • ISBN-10: 1591842425
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 111
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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Problem-solving primer

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People started out as a book for kids. Ken Watanabe, a Yale- and Harvard-educated management consultant for McKinsey and Company, wrote it in 2007 when the Japanese prime minister announced a focus on education via critical thinking skills instead of memorization. Watanabe felt compelled to do his part and created four case studies, or classes (e.g., Rock Bands and Root Causes, Soccer School Pros and Cons) to show how problem-solving tools can be applied to all manner of situations. Watanabe's friendly, capable tone makes the book an enjoyable read; "tool boxes" and diagrams add clarity; and cute drawings make problem-solving playful. The book was Japan's top business bestseller of 2007 and now it's available in English.

 
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