Problem Solved - Self-Assessment
With the wide range of problems you face at work, it’s the small, everyday problems - the ones that need quick but effective solutions - that really take a chunk out of your day. So how do you solve these problems and still leave time for the more complex issues at hand?
Problem Solved! is a 25-item assessment providing participants with an easy-to-use, 5-step problem-solving process. By using this process, individuals can identify and monitor their skill level at each step.
- Learn an effective way to solve everyday problems
- Identify strengths and weaknesses at each step of the process
- Create action plans for improvement
Problem Solved! is based on a process of 5 steps (The Problem Solved! Process). The instrument takes the perspective that a systematic method of problem solving followed and practiced on a regular basis yields rapid and efficient problem solving (Hesselberth, 1994). Drawing on the work of Sternberg (1986) and Klubnik & Greenwood (1994), the Problem Solved! Process is based on the most common and most sensible steps.
How It Works
With a recent problem in mind, participants respond to 25 behavior-related statements, indicating the extent to which they practiced the behavior. By scoring and charting results, they create a visual depiction of their comfort level with each of the 5 problem-solving steps. Participants learn about the 5-step Problem Solved! Process, discuss everyday problem solving, apply the Problem Solved! Process to a current problem, and make action plans.
Uses for Problem Solved!
Problem Solved! is best used with participants who require a quick problem-solving method. Other instruments (e.g., the Force Field Problem Solving Model) can be used for working with in-depth problems. Effective when used as a stand-alone tool as well as part of a larger program, Problem Solved! is particularly helpful for individuals or groups who:
- Face repeated short-term problems
- Must engage in problem solving daily or weekly
- Need to solve problems within a short period of time (e.g., one hour)
- Need a standard method for problem solving that can be applied universally
- Tend to spend too long solving everyday problems
What to Order/Product Contents
Order one Facilitator Guide per trainer and one Participant Guide per participant.
Self Assessment Table of Contents:
- 21-item assessment with pressure-sensitive response form
- Scoring Directions
- Charting Directions
- Step 1: Define the Problem
- Step 2: Analyze the Causes
- Step 3: Identify and Choose Solutions
- Step 4: Plan Actions
- Step 1: Monitor Results
Additional Products: Problem Solved - Facilitator Set