For the successful development of any organization, you need the right talent which is hard to come by. Irrespective of industry or sector, the one problem that everyone faces is the identification and differentiation of great talent. One of the best ways to identify the best talent is to identify individuals who score high on problem solving skills. Some of the best decision makers score high on problem solving skill assessments.

Many of the progressive companies today don’t look at education, qualifications, and experience of the employee as they are considered not so crucial for the head of the organization, as a naturally quick learner. Therefore, the remaining indicators – personal data, qualifications, experience – are considered as an auxiliary rather than a paramount criterion.

There are two distinct types of mental skills, namely analytical and creative skills which are required for problem solving.

The analytical aspect of problem solving requires a person to logically analyze a problem and see all the variables that one needs to consider while analyzing a problem. It also includes ordering, comparing, contrasting, evaluating and selecting for judging and selecting the best possible alternatives to solving the problem.

The creative aspect of problem solving requires a person to be imaginative and think outside the box to come up creative solutions and ideas to solve problems. Sometimes these creative solutions might be unrealistic or unreasonable but combining creativity with analytical thinking can lead to arriving at the best solutions for problems. Selecting the best idea is just as important as generating them. The final step is the developing of these ideas to meaningful solutions.

Once an idea has been implemented, it is important to review the results of implementing the solution.

One of the tools that will help you understand the problem-solving abilities of anyone is the Raven’s™ Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM-III). It measures individual’s level of general cognitive ability at workplace. Raven’s allows you to do the following:

  • Assesses lateral thinking ability.
  • Analyzes ability to solve new and complex problems without drawing on prior knowledge.
  • Predicts likelihood of grasping new concepts quickly.

Learn more about Raven’s here: http://talentlens.in/solutions/ravens-advanced-progressive-matrices-apm-iii

 

Author:

Bharath Iyer