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About the Course

Have you ever tried to find a solution to a problem only to realize you’ve been focusing on the wrong problem from the very beginning? Or you’ve proposed a solution only to have it shut down by your boss or coworkers? How stressful and defeating is that? With massive changes in our world that seem to create the most difficult of circumstances, both personally and professionally, your skills as a critical thinker and problem solver need to be further developed now more than ever. By the end of this course you will have learned and memorized a practical model to solve problems on your own and with others. These 7 critical steps will ensure that you have looked at a problem from every angle and considered multiple solutions. In fact, this dynamic and holistic approach will help you solve problems once and for all!...

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Apr 10, 2021

Many points touched upon were absent from the mind. But the real benefit has been made from the above. A lot of things have become clearer, especially after actually applying the Learning Points.


Sep 1, 2021

This is the best course I have taken in this specialization so far. I really enjoyed the hand movements to go along with the steps and that the instructor brought in real world examples.

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By Hermi S

Feb 22, 2021

I love the structure of the course. The steps are easy to remember with the help of Kinetic Memorization. Overall, this course exceeds my expectation. Thank you.

By mouhsinatou

Apr 5, 2022

One of the greatest online courses I have ever taken. The instructor was much knowledgeable and engaging. I gained a lot from this course. Thank You so much!

By Casey A B

Mar 17, 2022

I really enjoyed this course. Diane Davidson seems to be an expert at critical thinking. She made it easy to learn. Thank you.

By Hani H Z

Sep 1, 2021

I really enjoyed this course, it is informative and I enjoyed the way of explaining the training, in a simple way

By Syamsul A A R

Mar 20, 2021

It has been a great course as the shared tips and steps were practical and easy to apply. Nice and fun lecturer.

By Khadija D

Nov 23, 2021

Thank you very very much Diane Davidson for teaching us with such thoughtfulness and wisdom! When I started the course, I didn't know how to deal with problems at all, not effectively. Yet here I am now, and can now do the 7 step problem-solving technique in my sleep. I was honoured to learn from you, and will be putting all the skills that I learn to good use in any situation that calls for it.

By Gail T

Mar 19, 2022

A topic I didn't think I needed support with, but can see myself using the methodology for problem solving. I recognized much of the methods as a participant in problem solving, but now I feel confident to take the lead to act as an agent of change, with the benefit of a structured model.

By Shawky m

Apr 11, 2021

Many points touched upon were absent from the mind. But the real benefit has been made from the above. A lot of things have become clearer, especially after actually applying the Learning Points.

By Le T M D

Sep 3, 2021

After the course, i have a working model to solve any problem, large and small. I believe that i can use the problem-solving skills in all aspects of my work and life. Many thanks!


Jul 20, 2021

I am so greatful to learn. Thank you so very much Diane Davidson. I enjoyed each session and felt like not stopping. The further guidance of learning about critical thinking, problem solving, among others were so awesome, thank you once again for attached links to further study. I already started to practice the seven steps to problem solving in my personal life and professional environment which is helping me so much, to be honest, I have learned a lot and enjoyed Diane Davidson's lessons, you are a blessing, a very good couch. I love you.

Thank Coursera for the opportunity you give us learners to explore, learn more, add more skills into our lives, certifications too that are added on resume, words alone can not express my joy about Coursera, I continue to recommend it to my family, friends, at my work place. Thank you so very much for the services.

By Stefan C

Dec 22, 2021

Awesome prepared essentials that I really can recommend also for experienced managers as intensification and repetition.

I would recommend this course too to every employee as you learn how to deliver good decision-making templates for the management and how to handle decision-making templates appropriate as the decision maker in a motivating way to increase critical thinking in your organisation. I really had a wonderful time working on the lessons and had no difficulties to finish in time.

By Raena T

Aug 28, 2022

The instructor is exceptional throughout every video! She is an EXCELLENT educator! Her stories, involvement, and activities are SO ENGAGING! I loved the hand movement routine for the seven key elements to implement into critical thinking skills. I also LOVED how the course ended with her closing activity to express the application of the seven key elements. She is a great teacher to anyone who views this course. Five stars! 10/10! Highly recommend!

By Darshan G

Aug 17, 2022

WOW! 7 Step Problem solving Approach. I am never forgetting any sooner. Also the teacher is so cheerful in explainations and teachings. Cannot wait to teach these gestures in my office and to my siblings. This program was much needed :) Don't think, you're gonna love it for sure!


Mar 15, 2022

Es un curso importante para varios frentes en la vida, tanto profesional como en la vida diaria. Ofrece información importante y herramientas sustanciales para el aprendizaje en la resolución de problemas. Es didactico y puede uno llevarlo a nuestro propio ritmo.

By Jacqueline K

Jul 4, 2022

I found the course great and Diane really gets the message across. I would suggest giving a longer time for the additional reading. Some of the videos were almost an hour and I stopped them to take notes etc.

I really enjoyed the course

By Bee J

Mar 26, 2021

Great course. Can't wait to start using 7 step Problem Solving Model. I love kinetic memorisation technique - very useful!! Thank you Diane very much for your time to prepare this course and for sharing your knowledge!!!

By Khalid M

Jun 26, 2022

I really enjoyed this course, even the best course I have ever taken. The course content is clear and easy to understand. Special thanks to Diane Davidson for her positive attitude and excellent presentation skills.

By Salem A Y B

Jul 7, 2022

I attended many training programs with many trainers, and in fact I found this course and the trainer to be the best, with a high sense of humor, excellent teaching ability and supportive body language, thank you

By DaLesa C

Jun 30, 2022

This gives you a better view of how to engage with problems, solutions and to address your triggers professionally and personally. Highly recommend. The trainer is great as well, her energy keeps you engaged.

By Jasmine C

Sep 2, 2021

This is the best course I have taken in this specialization so far. I really enjoyed the hand movements to go along with the steps and that the instructor brought in real world examples.

By Junaid A

Nov 3, 2022

very informative/supportive course and way of teaching/ online lectures was very convincing and much easy to understand.

By Deepak S ( O

Aug 27, 2022

very effective for problem solving skill for deeper expalnaintion with analytical problms quiz and very clear teching.

By Maire D

Feb 28, 2023

Such a cheerful teacher! Well structured and focused. Useful techniques. Interesting course. Thank you very much.

By Julius B

Mar 1, 2023

By far one of the best courses, I have taken. The instructor is engaging and interesting. The material is useful.

By Pearlette J S

Mar 4, 2022

It helps to change the dynamics when interacting with others and shape percptions that might have been skewed