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Six Step Framework to Solve Problems

This article of entrepreneur.com describes a simple framework for solving problems which apparently the infamous Elon Musk uses. It’s actually quite simple  and easy to summarize:

  1. Ask the underlying question, not just the easiest one to answer
  2. Collect evidence and information
  3. Develop a hypotheses based on the evidence and assign a probability for it
  4. Draw a conclusion
  5. Try to disprove this conclusion
  6. Work with the conclusion

While this is basic scientific thinking, the value comes from doing this deliberately. By starting on step 3 immediately we miss important opportunities which could even lead to disruptive innovation.

Related: The Theory of The 3 Why

Lessons Learned

  • Use frameworks deliberately to seemingly obvious situations to reach excellence.

Questions

  • How can we judge if we should use this framework or if it an overkill?
  • Which framework helps you to excel?
  • Where could this framework help you excel?

How To Stand Apart in a Conversation

Article of ArtOfManliness.com about how to behave in a conversation. Written in 1692, but still true today. In today’s world I feel that regaining the virtues of a gentlemen is very worthwhile and can set you apart both in business and private. Let us honor our ancestors by rediscovering the virtues of civilized character and manners.

Summary

  • Don’t lie or come near to it “Lying is a great offense against humanity itself; for where there is no regard to truth there can be no safe society between man and man …”
  • Be soft spoken, never interrupt, get loud or reproachful
  • Listen a lot, talk a little “lest you rob yourself at the opportunity to gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience by listening to those whom you silence by your “impertinent talking.””

Lessons Learned

  • The way you communicate reflects strongly on your character.

Questions

  • How can you polish your manners in order to be a pleasure to communicate with?