a Sunday puzzler

If you appreciate the brilliant beauty of National Geographic photographs and found the jigsaw puzzle from last week a fun way to stimulate your brain on the weekend, here is a link to a bigger challenge: Choose a National Geographic photo of your choice and generate a jigsaw on the fly: an almost pure white snow scene – for those of you who are expert jigsaw puzzlers! – or a photo filled with a thousand colors for an easier solution. Be sure to look at the picture closely and intently before you start. Happy Sunday!

Some Self-Assessment

Today, we’re going to do a self-assessment of our problem-solving skills via Mind Tools. I have found Mind Tools a good resource for helping me look at areas in which I need to grow to forward my work. Today, I encourage you to take a few minutes to take its quiz: How Good Are You at Solving Problems?

I confess that my results were that I am a little “hit and miss” when it comes to problem-solving, based on this quiz and Mind Tools’ problem-solving methods. What is your score? More importantly, what problem-solving ideas proposed by Mind Tools do you find most intriguing? Easiest to see yourself adopting? Most unreasonable?

We will be exploring more problem-solving methods, including Polya’s classic work, How To Solve It, in future posts.

And finally, Happy Saint Valentine’s Day! The love and romance quizzes out there are too numerous to mention. I leave you simply with this: let us love one another.

triumph of discovery

A great discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any problem. Your problem may be modest; but if it challenges your curiosity and brings into play your inventive faculties, and if you solve it by your own means, you may experience the tension and enjoy the triumph of discovery.

G. Polya
From the Preface to the First Printing
August 1, 1944
How to Solve It