Editorial

HOW TO SOLVE COMPLEX PROBLEMS

Odongo Odoyo

Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo

In most cases, people tend to shelve problems thinking that they would be better solved tomorrow. Each problem in life should be taken head-on without postponing the same. There are people who believe that they can sleep-over problems and with miracle find them solved the following day. This is a far-fetched notion that may just add more injuries to the already existing situation. I have a friend who never parts with a book. In the literature world, they are known as bookworms. They read everything written or scribed in a paper and this is how he lead me to read something from “trade briefs international” on how to solve complex problems by not focusing on them the reading also outlined to me some elements of what constitute failure in life.

Simple decisions are best made using cold, hard logic. This way, we can work through the incremental steps that lead to an answer. But the same isn’t true for complex decisions, ones that require more creativity in meshing together a web of interconnected ideas. These decisions can be impossible to work through with logic and reason alone. That’s why we Building Resilience

Failure is a familiar trauma in life, but its effects on people differ widely. Some reel, recover, and move on with their lives; others get bogged down by anxiety, depression, and fear of the future. Seligman, who is known as the father of positive psychology, has spent three decades researching failure, helplessness, and optimism. He created a program at the University of Pennsylvania to help young adults and children overcome anxiety and depression, and has worked with colleagues from around the world to develop a program for teaching resilience. That program is being tested by the U.S. Army, an organization of 1.1 million people where trauma is more common and more severe than in any corporate setting. Nevertheless, business people can draw lessons from resilience training, particularly in times of failure and stagnation thus the more need to tap into the proven power of our subconscious mind.

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