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Problem-Solving Skills: 4 + 1 Questions

Purpose

To collect and organize the learning that has been done about a person or a project. A way to focus future efforts based on the learning.

Instructions

Begin with the focus or issue that the 4 +1 is to address. It should then be posted as the “lead-in” for the 4 questions. (e.g. Since the last time we got together to look at how we can help Harry lose weight…)

– What have we tried?

– What have we learned?

– What are we pleased about?

– What are we concerned about?

 

 

When this is done in a meeting each question is posted on a flip chart page and those who are participating get up and write on each page. At after everyone has finished writing there is discussion and then the “+1” question is asked –

– What should we try/do next based on what we have learned?