A practical guide to problem-solving

BOOK RELEASE 📕

Problem-solving is an innate activity that we undertake everyday. There are many methodologies for it, most of which we use in the professional world. There is however an underlying method for solving problems of any kind. This book presents that method in a simple manner.

This week, I released a book titled Smart Problem Solving: the complete blueprint. It is a practical book that readers can use in everyday situations to solve problems efficiently and effectively. …


Are experts holding back your ability to deliver value?

A physician, investor, patient and policy maker and discussing the future of healthcare. Who has the best picture?

This was the question for a brilliant LinkedIn poll, which has motivated this post. It made me reflect upon the role of experts in a decision-making process, which in turn raised many other fundamental questions.

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The Poll question

Let’s go through the poll question first. Who will have the best picture? Let’s go through each panellist and identify areas of strength (+) and weakness (-).

  • Physician: (+) has exposure to the real world, backed by specialist training in the medical field. …

The best one ever?

The transfer window of the 2021/22 season will be long remembered as one of the best ever. It had everything — a triple digit transfer (and record), a long running saga and grand unexpected twists.

Red, sky blue and prussian blue. United, City and PSG provided the main talking points. In this post, I review a most extraordinary transfer window.

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CR7 — Reunited

Manchester United were undoubtedly the best movers in the transfer market this season. Their transfer activity had the perfect mix of focus and opportunism, complemented by flawless execution.

Even before Ronaldo, their activity was commendable. The deal for England star…


Coming back to something New Zealand never really went away from (?)

Last week New Zealand was (once again) placed under full (Level 4) lockdown, anticipating a surge of Delta variant related cases. After 18 months, spring felt like the autumn (before last); 2021 felt like 2020 again.

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Déjà vu

In 2020, when the Coronavirus hit the world, New Zealand was one of the first countries to go into lockdown. The first lockdown came in April 2020 and lasted 4–5 weeks. In line with its strategy, the country wanted to “go early and go hard” to eradicate the virus. The borders were closed, made easier by its natural isolation (it’s an island in the…


Fashion, icons and legends

TotalFootball brings the GoalPost series which features 3 articles from the Web that are interesting and informative .

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Venezia FC

Synopsis

Venezia FC, the team from Venice, is back in the Serie A after 19 years and with a bang. I Leoni alati (the winged lions) have debuted a mind-blowing home jersey which is profiled briefly — in a clothing and fashion blog.

My View

Of all leagues, Italian clubs I feel have, on average, the best jerseys. While the stripes of the big clubs are popular, the colours of the Roman sides and the designs of teams like Cagliari, Genoa are also very elegant…


Update from TotalFootball

Dear valued readers, I want to share some updates on the TotalFootball publication.

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What’s New

Facebook

The TotalFootball publication now has a Facebook page. This page will feature the latest posts in addition to selected topical posts from the archives. More than that, the FB page is created to allow users (existing and potential) to interact more richly with content that is posted.

The link to the FB page is posted below. It will be developed over the coming weeks as new content is posted.

So please check it out, and Like the page to be notified of updates.

Facebook Page 🔗 …


Dear valued readers,

I want to share some updates on the TotalFootball publication.

New Facebook page

The TotalFootball publication now has a Facebook page. This page will feature the latest posts in addition to selected topical posts from the archives. More than that, the FB page is created to allow users (existing and potential) to interact more richly with content that is posted. The link to the FB page is posted below. It will be developed over the coming weeks as new content is posted. So please check it out, and Like the page to be notified of updates.

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The victors, the vanquished and everyone in between

The 2021/22 Premier League season is just two days away. In an uncharacteristically brave move, I’m going out on a limb and making a prediction of the final table, based on what we know now.

Projected final standings

The projected league table, come the end of May 2022 is presented below. While each team is briefly talked about, I’m visualizing the table in terms of the following key groupings or clusters:

  • Top 4
  • Europa League and European Conference League slots
  • Upper-mid table
  • Lower table
  • Red zone
Premier League 2021/22: Projected Table

Title Race and Top 4

We’ll see the same Top 4, with the order changed this time around. I’m envisaging a very…


Who will wear it best?

Kit reveals are an important ritual for a new season. It’s natural for us to assess the appeal of new season jerseys. Being particular about aesthetics, I’m presenting my review and ranking of all 20 Premier League jerseys.

After the sartorial abominations and atrocities of last season, this season has revealed some clean designs. I’ve ranked home and away jerseys for each team out of 5; each team is then given a combined score out of 10. Scores are assigned based on one criterion: visual appeal at first impression.

Arsenal

The home jersey features a good shade of red, matched with…


The foggy reality of implementing solutions

This post follows from Part 1 and Part 2 and continues examining the Coronavirus pandemic from a problem-solving perspective. As the pandemic appeared and unfolded, the first two parts looked problem discovery and solution identification. This part looks at the realities of implementing solutions for complex problems.

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Strategy ≠ Execution (it’s complicated)

Given the huge social, health and economic implications of Coronavirus pandemic, this was a complex problem that needed to be solved. In complex problems, the cause and effect cannot be deduced. With time and through expert analysis, enough clarity emerges to make cause and effect knowable or relatable. Using Cynefin parlance, the problem…

Prateek Vasisht

Management Consultant. Write about reality with a splash of the abstract. Topics: Business Design, Lean, Football. www.prateek.co.nz

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