The Great Problem Solver – Nat Greene
Hello everyone and welcome to MoneyTalks 12! We just want to start this introduction by telling everyone that all of us are gifted. All of us have special talents, gifts that we didn’t know we have until we discovered it ourselves or by being discovered by other people. Just like our featured author, Nat Greene, coauthor of Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers.
He is one of the Great Problem Solver in our time. He helps people on how to think positively, how to make decisions, solve your problem and stop guessing, and always points out that anything is possible. He’s right, right? His book, our featured book, Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers, is one of the bestselling books in Business, Decision-Making & Problem Solving category, and in the overall ranking. He also coauthored Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking for Yourself Again with Erik Fogg, a bestselling book in Politics & Social Sciences.
We won’t make this introduction long and as we always say, enjoy reading, be inspired and share this with your friends! Happy reading, everyone!
Get to know the Author
Name: Nat Greene
I’m the author of Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers and CEO of Stroud International.
I had an international upbringing and have traveled quite a bit. In Hong Kong, I attended school with classmates from over 40 different countries. I’ve lived, worked, and studied on 3 continents and traveled to more than 50 different countries and territories.
I received a Masters degree from Oxford University in Engineering Science and a PGC from Cambridge in Design, Manufacturing & Management. After moving to the United States, I attended the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program and joined the Young Presidents’ Organization to improve my organizational leadership skills. Recently I joined Converge Venture Partners to further develop his entrepreneurial toolkit and sits on the Board of Development at Christ Church, Oxford.
In 2001 I co-founded Stroud International and took over later as CEO, going global. We help businesses with complex operations solve very hard problems that are holding them back strategically. We’ve won more of Consulting Magazine’s “Best Small Firm to Work For” awards than any firm in history.
In 2015 I co-founded ReConsider, expanding my mission of unleashing potential beyond business and into the American democracy. Here I co-authored Wedged, which examines the root causes behind American political polarization.
In 2016, I launched my latest project, Stop Guessing, aimed at developing a million great problem-solvers to solve the hardest and most pressing problems facing the world.
Favorite gadget: Cell Phone. It does almost everything now.
Hobbies: Open water sculling, politics, climbing remote mountains, traveling the world. I definitely keep busy.
What is your recent book about?
Stop Guessing teaches people the behaviors they need to solve hard problems in their lives–as the title suggests, the first is to stop guessing at solutions. We’re taught to do this and it’s very tempting–and often we don’t even believe that we are.
Great problem-solvers are armed with a set of behaviors, not just a methodical approach, that allows them to avoid guessing. They consistently solve hard problems to root cause in a way that can seem magical to most people.
What inspired you to write your book/s?
Bad problem‐solving is everywhere and costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time and money. Problems persist because people have only been trained to solve easy problems, usually by guessing. This guessing approach is rarely successful when applied to hard problems. When problem‐solving efforts fail, people often find expensive or painful ways to live with or work around the problems they face, sometimes growing so accustomed to problems that they no longer even notice them.
I’ve spent 20 years helping incredibly talented people solve some very valuable problems for large businesses. We know a lot about problem solving, but consulting simply does not scale. I wanted to help many more people become better, and hopefully, help the world solve some of the problems it faces.
What is the best chapter in your book people should read and why?
Honestly, the introduction. Business books are written for people who don’t have a lot of time to read, so really busy people can get the main thrust with the introduction. It has my absolute favorite war story about a toilet roll crisis (perhaps not the one you’re imagining) and introduces you to the 9 behaviors. The rest of the book is great, too, of course–lots of great stories that really drive the behaviors home.
If you could give one piece of financial advice to our readers, what would it be?
Spend less than you earn. It’s that simple. This may require some problem-solving skills to understand how to change your earnings or spending behaviors.
As an author, which book/s made the most impact on you?
Definitely On Writing by Stephen King. At the end of the day, I’m a professional problem solver and a pretty novice writer. King doesn’t beat around the bush or motivate you–he just tells you what it’s going to take for you to be an author.
What would you like to ask the next author being interviewed?
Can you give us an example where a complex problem–perhaps a financial one–was solved with a very simple solution?
We would like to grab this oppurtunity to thank Mr. Greene, thank you, sir, for giving us some of your time. And to our readers, thank you too for the continous support!