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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,061 ratings  ·  278 reviews
The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm

Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant.

He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Portfolio (first published June 28th 2007)
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Rizky Januar
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about how to solve problems in our daily lives. The contents are quite simple, short, and well presented.
You'll find this book interesting because we always face problems everyday and we have to overcome them. After reading it, you'll think that you are already using the methods presented in the book. But, you may be using them unconsciously and in unstructured ways. This book explains these problem solving methods with three interesting case studies. In each case study, you'll fin
Thảo Điền
Người Thông Minh Giải Quyết Vấn Đề Như Thế Nào? - Ken Watanabe (2007)
Sài Gòn, 07/01/2017 ; ®Mỹ
Đánh giá: 7/10 điểm

Người thông minh review sách như thế nào?
Giật tít ghê hông :3

Một cuốn sách bé xíu xiu, chỉ dài vỏn vẹn 150 trang nhưng mà mình mất ... gần cả năm để đọc xong, gồm 1 ngày hồi tháng 3 năm ngoái và 1 ngày hôm nay, hì.
Tới tận gần đây mới mới hiểu được bản chất và cách đọc các loại sách khác nhau, mà mình phân ra đơn giản là fiction và nonfiction. Fiction thì mình đọc khá chậm, khôn
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Did I attend too many of those youth leadership seminars as a teenager? Because this book didn't seem to contain any information I hadn't heard before. They're all good ideas, just nothing new to me, and new is what I was hoping for.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, reviewed
What a remarkably clever book! Quite simply this book promotes the learning of problem solving skills through detailed examples and easy to follow instructions. This has diagrams to help emphasize the techniques Ken is trying to teach. It's a fun book. I love how it completely thorough it is. It takes the steps that normal common sense has and expands it to a system that gets much better results.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing AMAZING !

Simply an utter brilliance !

Problem-Solving 101 is a must-read book written by a Japanese author. Ken Watanabe used to work as a business consultant at Mckinsey & Company, but then he shifted to the education field, specifically that of children. The book was written for kids but it turned to be an international bestseller especially for business!

The book
Aussie Andry
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ada 4 jenis tipe manusia. Yakni : Si Pengeluh, Si Pengkritik, Si Pemimpi, Si Reaksi Cepat, dan Si Pemecah Masalah. Di buku ini terdapat berbagai contoh masalah yang diulas mengenai bagaimana kita memecahkan berdasarkan cara yang tepat. Adalah analisa dan cermati akar penyebabnya. Buku ini memotivasi kita supaya menjadi Si Pemecah Masalah.
Santiago Ortiz
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book I ever tag with as [business] and [kids]! (…and [data]) It's actually a sort of pre-introduction to data science.
Ye Yao
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's a case book for children ! Simply, good, not dry and practical. Think let children read it is better
Ahmad Munjin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Playful yet insightful book. It introduces a systematic framework of thinking for problem solving through stories and simulations that are very close to our daily lives. Despite its entertaining impression, later I found out that the book explains a fundamental method of thinking that's even used to solve complex problems by big corporations.
Rama Adeyasa
Hlm. 55: “Manusia memiliki kekuatan yang berbeda-beda. Kamu bisa menyelesaikan lebih banyak hal dengan berkolaborasi dengan orang lain yang meiliki kekuatan yang mungkin tidak kamu miliki.

Membaca buku ini, menguras energy juga! Tapi bukunya bagus. Memberikan kita pencerahan untuk memandang akar suatu masalah –apapun itu—dengan lebih jernih. Nah, apa yang kau pilih:
Pohon logika. Kalau yang ini masih ingat sih…
Pohon ya/tidak. Ih, yang mana sih?
REncana desain pemecahan masalah. Wawawa… Persoalan
Diah Didi
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baguuuus! Meskipun ilustrasinya anak-anak, ga berarti ini buat anak-anak aja. Sangat bisa dipakai untuk orang dewasa, baik untuk penyelesaian masalah sederhana, hingga yang rumit, apapun latar belakang orang tersebut. Penggunaan anak-anak sebagai tokohnya berikut kasus/masalah yg mereka hadapi dilakukan untuk menunjukkan betapa sederhana sebetulnya cara-cara ini. Yang harus kita lakukan hanya berpikir, berencana dan bertindak!
Bagian favorit saya John, yang punya target membeli komputer Apple bek
Carol Littlejohn
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it
First published in Japan in 2007, the author provides practical tips for problem solving. He introduces the Mushroom Lovers, a band that needs to find an audience; John the Octopus wants to become a famous animator and director; Kiwi wants to improve her soccer game. The illustrations by Alan Sanders are a bit childlike, but the approach is fun and useful for all ages.
Huy Pham
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you ever think about consulting/problem-solving in life, this book provides basic tools and frameworks to structure your thinking process effectively.

Written in a simple, illustrative style, the book is handy in daily life.
Ami Iida
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: framework
You need not read it .
Huyền Trang
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rất hữu ích. Mình đọc ebook trên mạng thấy hay quá phải mua sách giấy đọc lại lần nữa.
Mình đọc qua comment thấy có người chê đây là sách selfhelp nên không muốn đọc thì mình chỉ muốn giải thích: đừng để tên sách đánh lừa. Không hiểu sao nxb lại đặt cái tên sách selfhelp như thế. Đây là sách dạy kỹ năng, kỹ năng giải quyết vấn đề, tác giả từng làm việc ở MNCs nên kỹ năng này cũng vào dạng "siêu cấp". Nhưng sách hay ở chỗ nó lấy kiến thức từ các MNCs để giải quyết vấn đề gần giũi trong cuộc sống b
Adih Respati
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This Ken Watanabe (not the actor. This one is younger and has more hair on his head!) once worked for McKinsey Consultant, and decided to resign to venture on writing a book on basic problem solving guide for children as his contribution following the announcement of the Ministry of Education that Japan education was to shift from memorization-focused to problem-solving-focused. The result was a best-seller not only for children market, but all demographic reach (originally released in Japan two ...more
Bar Franek
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, your kids
Amazing little book. You can read it in an hour.

It's short, but the content is jam-packed with great strategies anyone can implement, even children. You'd think problem solving, especially some of the techniques outlined in this book, are "common sense" but when you think about it - they're really not. In fact, when do we actually learn "problem solving?" There's no class or course for during our education, so we go through life picking it up as we go along.

This book outlines a fairly simple g
Jock Mcclees
I have just joined Goodreads and it has been a while since I read the book so I am a bit fuzzy. It is a short book written in a simple straightforward way. The author is a business school grad and he worked for one of the top management consulting companies. He takes you through the main problem solving techniques that are taught at B schools and used at management consulting companies.

He breaks them down in a way that is easy to understand and will give you new powerful tools to help solve prob
Shawn Buckle
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I am glad this book exists. Many, especially the youthful cohort, could really benefit from it. Watanbe presents three basic problems or goals and shows how to rightfully solution them using thought-out, processed thinking. He shows how to use tools like logic trees, pro/con analysis, four quadrant matrix, hypothesis pyramids to diagnose problems in an easy-to-understand way (the book is written for kids, mind you). While the problems are geared towards those in which kids would face, it shows h ...more
Ngắn gọn, súc tích, quyển sách miêu tả một cách rõ ràng, dễ hiểu các công cụ hỗ trợ cho việc giải quyết vấn đề. Các câu chuyện lồng vào cũng rất dễ thương và sinh động (dù mình nghĩ các câu chuyện này có vẻ lạ lẫm với các em học sinh Việt Nam). :)
Arani Satgunaseelan
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A simple and fun book that actually makes you think after as you go about making decisions for work and life. Highly recommended especially if you're looking to just re-program your thinking a little.
Lani M
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"If you never take action, you'll never get any feedback on your attempts and without feedback, you'll never grow as a problem solving kid. When you do take action, every result is an opportunity to reflect and learn valuable lessons."
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
A quick and easy read. Recommended.

The author explains a few very simple ideas through 3 fictional example problems. Very easy to follow and grasp.
Oct 14, 2016 added it
A short and really amazing book. I would recommend it to people who like to think outside the box.
Jason Chu
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short, concrete and simple. Recommended to everyone
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Its a cute little book that is a good size and minces no words. The writing seemed childish at first, but it really isn’t. The “case studies” do an excellent job in demonstrating the solutions proposed. There isn’t exactly new information in here, but it’s nice to read the author walk us through each step and explain the best way to proceed. Funny how much of what he wrote overlapped with the book Grit by Angela Duckworth.

Problem solving tools:
Logic tree
Yes/no tree
Problem-solving design plan
Toàn Khôi
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chúng ta luôn phải đưa ra những quyết định trong đời. Dù bạn là sinh viên hay là phụ huynh học sinh, là doanh nhân, hay có là tổng thống Mỹ đi nữa thì ngày ngày bạn vẫn phải đối mặt với nhiều vấn đề cần được giải quyết.

Những vấn đề ấy có thể rất khác nhau: Có thể bạn phải vượt qua kỳ thi môn toán, phải quyết định xem nên sống ở đâu, hoặc đang phải tìm cách cải thiện tình hình hoạt động của công ty… Cũng có khi vấn đề của bạn chỉ là bạn muốn giảm đi vài cân hay đơn giản hơn chỉ là làm sao để chơi
Minh Thu
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Shahriyar Nasir
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, initially my thoughts were that the approach to problem solving presented by the author was too waterfall (starting with a grand plan). And although I still kind of feel that way, I think there is much more that Problem Solving 101 has to offer. Working in tech, we are constantly iterating on our plans and collecting feedback. There is a clear start but usually a blurry finish line with projects since the process is iterative. Of course for simple problems such ...more
Rizqi Rachma
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
bagus jika dilihat sisi baiknya. buku ini mungkin tujuannya bukan buat remaja menjelang dewasa macam saya hehe. jadi kalau melihat gambaran besarnya, terkesan biasa aja dan standar dalam menyelesaikan masalah. tapi, entah kenapa hal ini jarang saya terapkan, buat bikin skema skema positif dan negatif dari sisi yang berlawanan dari keputusan yang ingin diambil. jadi kalau menurut saya, cukup bermanfaat nih buat ngingetin cara problem solving yang udah lama tidak saya (atau kita?) gunakan. bacaan ...more
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Ken Watanabe grew up bilingual in Japan and studied in the United States at Yale and Harvard Business School. He was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for six years. He is now the founder and CEO of his own education, entertainment, and media company, Delta Studio.