Mentor Tip: Problem Solving

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Subject: Mentoring tips on problem solving

The ability to solve problems is a crucial skill in leading a self-determined life. As a mentor you have the opportunity to model this important skill for our protégés. You can use the following process to help protégés learn to identify and solve problems.

  1. Identify or clarify the problem. Be specific. Sometimes what seems like one problem is actually two or more separate problems. Focus on one at a time.
  2. Outline several possible solutions to the problem. Consider positive and negative aspects of each.
  3. Identify the best solution.
  4. Identify steps to implement your solution.
  5. Implement your solution, making adjustments as necessary.
  6. Review the final outcome. Analyze why or why not your solution worked and what you learned from the experience.