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# What's Your Problem?: To Solve Your Toughest Problems, Change the Problems You Solve

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"The author makes a compelling case that we often start solving a problem before thinking deeply about whether we are solving the *right* problem. If you want the superpower of solving better problems, read this book." -- **Eric Schmidt, former CEO, Google**

**Are you solving the right problems?** Have you or your colleagues ever worked hard on something, only to find out you were fo

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Kindle Edition, 232 pages

Published
March 17th 2020
by Harvard Business Review Press

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One of the best parts about the book is its accessibility, and ...more

The book focuses on the concept of reframing. Most of the time we focus on getting the solutions to every bit of problem we encounter. However, we rarely stop and think if we had the right problems in the first place. This book explains in an intelligent, witty, and m ...more

This way of thinking is one of the mos ...more

The author proposes a formal steps for problem reframing:

*Frame the problem. What's the problem? Who's involved?

Look outside the frame. What are we missing?

Rethink the goal. Is there a better goal to pursue?

Examine bright spots. Are there positive exceptions?

Look i ...more

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It explores the concept of reframing in enough depth that you can use it in almost any situation and it's simple enough so it doesn't get boring.

By reading it, you'll learn what's reframing, why it matters and how to do it so you can start using your time to solve the right problems and avoid those that are a waste of energy.

I'd recommend it to anyone who has problems to solve, and yes, by that I mean to everyone. ...more

I began using my newfound ideas at my job as well and saw that the same thing was true to projects there but I wasn't able to communicate it properly to my boss and colleagues. By chance I read ...more

Examples of defining a better problem:

- Page 4: Problem: An elevator is too slow. Solution: Make the elevator faster. Defining a better problem: Waiting for the elevator is annoying. Solution: Make the wait feel shorter, for example by putting up mirrors, installing sanitizers and/or playing music.

- Page 15: Problem: People don't know that millions of dogs are delivered to dog shelters every year. Solution: Do more advertising. Defining a better problem: It is har ...more

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1. Framing the problem for e.g. lift is moving slow

2. Reframing the problem for e.g. finding better problem for which is lift is moving slow. It may not be due to any technical fault, but too much crowding during morning or lunch hour.

3. Moving ahead - solving the problem.

So, as per the author, just jumping at any solution i ...more

Rather I am recommending it for its usefulness to everybody tackling complex problems in moden day. Reframing is a simple tool, that is used too seldomly, which means not a lot of people are good at reframing. It's like playing the bass; easy to pickup - very hard to to master. And the answer is practice.

The style of writing is engaging and very approachable. The subject matter is both intuitive - and counterintuitive, so it'll make y ...more

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