Hand holding a missing piece in a colourful square puzzle on wooden table.
Image: © tomertu/Stock.adobe.com

What type of problem-solver are you?

1 Nov 2019

Are you a systematic or intuitive problem-solver? Check out this infographic for tips on how to improve your problem-solving skills.

Problem-solving is arguably one of the most sought-after skills today. Whether you work in project management or marine biology, it’s likely that you draw on it daily to get through your to-do list.

It’s also something that doesn’t simply stay put when the office door closes at the end of the day. Problems are a part of life, no matter what you’re doing professionally or personally.

It can be challenging to take a step back and evaluate your problem-solving process. But that’s something worth doing for a number of reasons. Acknowledging and understanding the steps you take to solve problems means that you can pass advice on to others – whether it be in a job interview or to members of your team.

But, more importantly, becoming familiar with your approach to tackling problems is the best way to identify any gaps in your method and, ultimately, help you to go about fixing them.

You could be a systematic problem-solver, for example, in need of a shake-up, or the intuitive type placing trust in your instincts. But most likely, your approach falls somewhere in the middle.

To help you figure this out, CashNet USA has developed an infographic to facilitate your exploration into “whether you could become a better problem-solver and how you can hone your skills”.

“Looked at a certain way, every problem is a challenge to be solved – from figuring out how to boost sales to choosing a birthday gift for a colleague. If you have good problem-solving skills, you are well-equipped to deal with anything your career throws at you.”

Check out the infographic below to discover what type of problem-solver you are or click here to view a larger image.

Infographic and flowchart on testing your problem solving skills.

How good are your problem-solving skills? Image: CashNet USA

Want stories like this and more direct to your inbox? Sign up for Tech Trends, Silicon Republic’s weekly digest of need-to-know tech news.

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

Loading now, one moment please! Loading