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Why formulating a problem statement is a top critical thinking skill

How to formulate a problem statement is an essential skill to build. A problem statement doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a “problem” but it describes what you are trying to achieve, which can be an improvement, a problem to solve or a new and different way of doing things.

What can be challenging about creating a problem statement is to be able to lead with abstract thinking, instead of creating a solution before understanding the potential scope of what you are dealing with. The difference between creating the problem statement and finding the optimal solution can be seen as strategy vs. operations. If you are operation-driven, you may be in the habit of basing your performance on quantity (how much we do); if you are strategy-driven, you want to “think first” before going into action so that you can ensure you are on the right direction and could create a new way of doing based on quality, leading to better outcomes. You may still want to be...

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