Think solutions, not problems

Want to solve problems faster and more easily? Then you need to master the art of solution based thinking.

This is a way of thinking about a problem without getting ‘stuck’ in it. By focussing your attention on solutions – rather than why a problem happened – this approach boosts your creativity. Here are three ways to get started in solution based mode.

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Sorting out ethical dilemmas

Two options exist. Each is ‘right’ in its own way. Which do you choose?

This is an example of an ethical dilemma. It is a situation in one set of values conflicts with another. For example, achieving a profit might conflict with refusing to participate in bribery or corruption. Making decisions in such situations can be tough. Some common sources of ethical dilemmas in today’s workplaces include:

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Talk yourself into success

Without action, your New Year’s resolutions are just words on a page. Here’s how to turn resolve into positive internal dialogue.

What do successful people do in order to build success? They keep their goals simple and memorable. Then they build a blueprint for action. The following plan shows how to nail down your goals.  

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A new take on new year’s resolutions

Get your year off to the best possible start. Make your New Year resolutions about self-fulfilment, not reinvention.

Ever made a New Year’s resolution you failed to action? It was probably a goal based on feelings of not being good enough. No wonder it wasn’t inspiring. The key to success is working from strengths, rather than trying to eliminate ‘faults.’

2014 is the time for a new approach to goal setting. As well as focussing on what you want to change, keep in mind the things you want to retain. What do you enjoy doing? What gives you a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment? Resolve to keep doing these things – perhaps even do them more often. Here are three things you can do to accelerate success.

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Don’t let nasty comments get you down

Why do some people get a thrill from putting you down?

The answer is that they have low self-esteem. So don’t let their negativity get you down. These people only hold power over you because you’re uncomfortable about confronting them. Perhaps you’re not 100 per cent sure the remark was a dig. Or maybe you’re torn between wanting to burst into tears or telling them exactly what you think of them.

People who make biting remarks crave an audience. They rely on you listening passively. Don’t do it. Instead, respond assertively. When you challenge them, difficult people lose their hold over you immediately. Here’s how to do this calmly and resourcefully.

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5 steps to becoming a creative thinker

Creative thinkers use their minds fluently.  This means they generate large numbers of ideas.

You can learn to do this,too, by following five simple steps.

Step One: Silence your ‘inner critic’

Don’t discard any ideas until you reach the third stage of thinking. You need to spark creativity by allowing ideas to flow unchecked.

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