Problem Solving

Trying to solve personal problems: Apply the “Five-Step Model”

What is the “Five-Step Model”? The five-step model in problem solving encourages individuals to ask questions to resolve an issue:

  1. What is the problem? This question is used to analyze any situation, contemplate the result/outcome, and seek a definition.
  2. What are the alternatives? Asking the alternatives makes it easy to discover other possibilities and brings awareness to possible limits.
  3. What are the advantages/disadvantages of the alternatives? Weighing the pros and cons helps to seek additional information, analyze circumstances, and determine/predict an outcome.
  4. What is the solution? Finding a solution is a process of determining an outcome after analyzing information; an individual can seek other possibilities.
  5. How well is it working? This reflective question allows individuals to weigh the issues and determine the needed adjustments.



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