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What's Your Problem-Solving Style?

Directions: Circle the correct letter, then distribute the 11 points among choices a, b and c.
For example:
a: 8, b: 2, c: 1

1. When I am faced with a complex situation or problem, I tend to:

_____ a. Ask friends

_____ b. Solve it myself

_____ c. Seek professional help

2. People who are great problem solvers:

_____ a. Have very clear goals and objectives

_____ b. Find the best solution

_____ c. Ask the right questions

3. I am happiest when I am deciding:

_____ a. How things should be

_____ b. How to make things better

_____ c. How things are now

4. When I am bothered by something I look at:

_____ a. How I would like things to be different

_____ b. What I should do to make things better

_____ c. The cause of the problem

5. When I am under pressure, I

_____ a. Spend a lot of time thinking about it

_____ b. Solve it quickly

_____ c. Sit back and carefully examine the situation

6. I am most interested in:

_____ a. The way things could be

_____ b. How to improve things

_____ c. The way things are now

8. When I am in a group, I tend to help the group:

_____ a. Determine goals

_____ b. Take action

_____ c. Obtain the facts

9. When I find out that another person does not like me or is angry with me, I:

_____ a. Try to understand what that person wants

_____ b. Try to make things better between us

_____ c. Get more information

10. When another person asks me for help with a problem, I tend to:

_____ a. Find out what the person wants to accomplish

_____ b. Give suggestions

_____ c. Get more information

11. People in general are likely to get into trouble when they:

_____ a. Lack a vision for the future

_____ b. Don't take risks

_____ c. Act on impulse


Add the numbers you have written.


A: _____

B: _____

C: _____


Now add 5 points to A and subtract 5 points from C.

A: _____

B: _____

C: _____


A= Idealist interested in values

B= Activist interested in proposals and ideas

C= Realist interested in information and situations


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