Problem Solving

He can add up, so what's the problem?


My son's teacher has said he is not good at problem solving, which is ridiculous. He has been in after-school maths programmes for two years and can do all his multiplication tables. He is very good at solving problems rapidly. How can I prove her wrong?

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 10:38am

Integrative thinking holds key to leadership ability

With all the talk about innovation, a top business school has taken a step forward by making integrative thinking a core subject for its first-year MBA students.

The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, which has under it the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, runs courses that help sharpen students' leadership skills.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Appliance of science

It is often said that a scientist is not the person who gives the right answers, but the one who asks the right questions. In light of this view, it is little surprise that many regard the understanding of science and scientific methods as vital components of the innovative thinking process.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Creativity is the key

Many people associate creativity with art or new discoveries, failing to realise that creativity is equally important when it comes to problem-solving, be it minor obstacles or matters of life-changing importance.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Slaying the 'creativity-killers'

To employ an oft-used term from his native Australia, Andrew Grant 'rocked up' into Hong Kong last month, impressing the audience at the 'Who Killed Creativity?' seminar - co-sponsored by Classified Post and China Speakers Agency - where he proved the veracity of the findings of his just-published book, Who Killed Creativity?

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Imagine: How Creativity Works

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Stop concentrating. Or at least focus less. Because taking a direct approach to solving problems thwarts creativity, according to New York journalist Jonah Lehrer.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Feast of bright ideas

When does the light bulb in your brain switch on with a brilliant idea? Calvin Kwok Kin-chung says he gets a 'brainwave' when faced with a problem.

That was his experience four years ago when he was part of a team which redesigned the Lo Wu Correctional Institution. The newly designed facility is now able to house 1,400 women, compared to 182 men before.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Regulation must not stifle creativity

Earlier this month tens of millions of mainland bloggers paid tribute to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for the difference he made to their lives with innovation that revolutionised access to information, communication and entertainment.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Social networking can be useful creative tool

It's not uncommon to find Facebook and Twitter banned from most school computers. 'Multi-tasking' on social networking sites while working can easily quadruple the time it takes to complete a task.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Results that count

The results of the latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment are out and Hong Kong is now a distant second to the newcomer Shanghai, while Finland - which was the champion in 2006 - is now number three.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Simply speaking

'CHILDHOOD INEVITABLY has a big influence. I am not sure how mine did apart from the fact that I had to fight to do what I'm doing now, and so refuse to do anything I don't want to do in my work. That could be seen as integrity but I know in me it is stubbornness.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Rethinking the way we think

Climate change, a sinking economy and the threat of epidemics hang glumly over everyone's heads and we need to be able to think clearly to come up with practical solutions. According to the modern gurus of thought, we must dramatically rewrite the software we use for the human brain if we want to effectively confront the global issues plaguing us.

22 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

For sculptor, where there's junk, there's art

One man's junk is another's art - more specifically, art supply. Wong Tin-yan creates 'eco-art' from discarded wood he collects from refuse. With sponsorship from Sportmax (and material from a dump near his Fo Tan studio), an exhibition of his sculptures, 'Fishes and Birds', opened on Thursday at Harbour City's Gallery by the Harbour.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Problem solving at your finger tips

Whether you're faced with a decision to make or a conflict to resolve, a logical approach will help.

6 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Six Frames

Six Frames

by Edward de Bono

Vermilion, HK$153

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am