Professional Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

A professional problem solver is a person who can correctly identify a problem and solve it in one of several ways: either systematically or intuitively. The problem is an obstacle to achieving a predetermined goal. The problem solver differs from the ordinary persons by making decisions that remove this obstacle and is confident that there is a solution (Butterfield, 2013). I consider myself a problem solver for several reasons. First, I try to use a systematic approach to solving various issues, which, in turn, are divided into separate steps. They include collecting information, considering different points of view on the problem, and choosing the most optimal solution based on possible alternatives. Secondly, I use the intuitive approach, where the systematic approach has been used repeatedly and has given positive results. The positive dynamics of the effectiveness of decisions reflect the quality of the ability to solve problems. I also consider it essential to see the possibility or impossibility of solving a problem and, accordingly, the reasons for taking on its solution. Not every problem is an obstacle to a predetermined goal; therefore, priority is essential, the possibility of a compromise.

Problem owners are directly responsible for the result of its solution or non-solution. Stakeholders also depend on the possible consequences of the problem show interest in solving it but do not bear full responsibility. Their standard features are that they may not solve the problem themselves but entrust its solution to someone else, ideally a problem solver. Problem owners may not see the cause of the problem, but they must be directly involved in essential steps to resolve it (Butterfield, 2013). The problem solver must collect all kinds of information from both owners and interested parties. The solver should also share possible solution alternatives, provide the possible consequences of each path, consult on significant decisions, and not take action without the consent of the owners and stakeholders. The owner of the problem has more power and responsibility than the stakeholders, while the latter may have various reasons for the interest, except for ownership over them.

Meeting the deadlines is not a problem for me, as it does not create a substantial obstacle to the goal of obtaining knowledge within this course. Therefore, I am ready to provide advice that is consonant with the concept of a problem solver. First, it is necessary to build the same systematic approach to setting a goal and methods for achieving it when solving a problem. Materials, programs, master classes have a schedule, time strictly allotted and verified by experience for mastering. The time planner should consider this schedule and take more time if there is a possibility of time or learning problems. By developing this habit, you can save yourself from problems and gain an intuitive understanding of estimating the timing of any activity.

This kind of discipline does not depend on unreliable motivation that requires an appropriate emotional state or inspiration for activity. If a problem still arises, you should also calmly structure your time following the problem and build a list of the highest priority tasks in descending order of importance. At a given time, a person may likely find tasks or problems more important than taking a course. In this or any other case, you do not need to blame yourself for laziness, sluggishness, or excessive procrastination, if any. In this situation, a systematic approach with planning and structuring time and plans is best suited, rather than an intuitive one tied to negative emotions.


Butterfield, J. (2013). Problem solving and decision making. Soft Skills for the Digital Workplace. Cengage Learning.

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