Real-Life Problem Solving

  1. a clear DESCRIPTION of the problem.
  2. a description of the limiting or NEGATIVE factors involved in the problem.
  3. a description of the constructive or POSITIVE factors involved in the problem.
  4. a clear delineation of the OWNERSHIP of the problem: —
    “whose problem is it anyway — mine or yours? or of some other third-person involved in it?”
    (basically, who should initiate a solution to it)
  5. a clear description of the SCOPE of the problem: —
    “how long has this problem existed?”
    “how many people are affected?”
    “what else is affected by this problem?”
  6. a clear description of the CONSEQUENCES if the problem is not solved: —
    “what is the possible impact on me?”
    “what is the possible impact on my family?”
    “what is the possible impact on my job/career?”
    “what is the possible impact on my marriage?”
    “what is the possible impact on my performance at school/work?”
    “what is the possible impact on my life in this community?”
    “what is the possible impact (positive/negative) on my future?”
  7. a list of brainstormed SOLUTIONS to the problem, with each alternative evaluated for: —
    (1) being realistic
    (2) their benefits
    (3) their consequences
  8. ranking of each solution hence obtained to FINALISE ONE for the decision-making process.

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