A very significant part of this involves making sense of the complex situation in which the problem occurs, so that you can pinpoint exactly what the problem is.
Many of the tools in this section help you do just that.
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Without one, your solutions may be ineffective, or you'll get stuck and do nothing, with sometimes painful consequences.
There are four basic steps in solving a problem: Steps 2 to 4 of this process are covered in depth in other areas of Mind Tools.
For example, if performance in your department is substandard, you might think the problem is with the individuals submitting work.
However, if you look a bit deeper, the real issue might be a lack of training, or an unreasonable workload.
Critical thinking – the application of scientific methods and logical reasoning to problems and decisions – is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making.
Critical thinking enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes.