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Sherlock Holmes' Top 10 Lessons for Problem Solvers

Problem solving is detective work. The search for the root causes of a problem is very much like the search for the perpetrator of a crime, so Sherlock Holmes' perspective is insightful. Holmes' Top 10 Tips are excerpts from The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They provide the framework for an effective investigation.

If you are in business, Gregg Young can help you apply Holmes' proven approach by introducing hands-on tools based on his reasoning backwards strategy, tools that have worked for hundreds of companies worldwide. We can address a single project for you, or we can train and coach your people to master these techniques. We will also help you internalize the training when you feel it is appropriate. Our book, Reasoning Backward: How Sherlock Holmes Can Make You a Better Problem Solver teaches all these techniques and is a handy desk reference for all your employees that enables everyone to become an effective problem solver.

If your interest is education and teaching students how to be effective problem solvers before they leave school, then Reasoning Backward: How Sherlock Holmes Can Make You a Better Problem Solver provides students with strategies that will help them score better on standardized tests now, and will serve as a handy desk reference of problem solving techniques when they enter the workplace. We want to for partnerships with corporations, foundations, schools, and non-profits that will introduce problem solving best practices to students and will benefit all involved. To explore partnership possibilities, please contact Gregg Young at (989) 492-2029 or by email at

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