Recently my good friend and business partner Joe Martino handed me a book and told me that I should read it. The book is entitled The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird. Immediately I opened the book and began reading.
The one principle that stuck with me in the first couple of chapters is in regards to problem solving. The authors encourage their readers to resist the temptation of trying to solve big problems in one fail swoop. In fact many people become frustrated or overwhelmed when faced with big problems and ultimately fail or quit attempting to solve the problem.
The authors teach that problems are usually made up of smaller problems and that when we are faced with large issues we need to take a long hard look and break it down into smaller issues that can be solved. Through this model we can eventually solve our larger problem.
I have found this to be extremely helpful with my clients and I am looking forward to teaching it’s my daughter’s the practical application as soon as the opportunity arises.