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Eddie Crotty English Composition ENC-101 October 2016 Assignment: Written Assignment Ten: Proposing a Solution to a Problem Due Date: 12/4/2016
Eleven recovering drug addicts living in one house comes with its share of problems. Typically, an addict deals with problems by running from them or lashing out; these two strategies, are ineffective, therefore, we have implemented a strategy for problem resolution. Let’s discuss problem-solving and how eleven self-centered aggressive individuals can learn to co-exist even through troubling circumstances.
Problem solving can be a complicated process, and per Mindtools, there are four basic steps to dealing with a problem; defining the problem, generating alternatives, evaluating and selecting alternatives, and implementing solutions (Mindtools). This strategy is an effective one and we use it here at the Oxford House. Often, we run into conflicts of personality or defiant personalities who just do not want to conform. Take for instance the weekly chores; we have one chore that can be a bit too much for one resident come fall; raking the leaves. Raking the leaves is a lot of hard work, we understand this but infighting and blaming others for not helping you with your chore is unacceptable.
We have recently been confronted with the great leaf raking controversy of 2016; so, as a house, we have defined the problem; the chore of raking the leaves needs extra hands on Sunday in order to avoid conflict between members. The first step towards a solution has been taken. At our weekly house meeting, we took the steps of generating and evaluating alternatives; everyone at the table threw out suggestions, we went back and forth discussing the pros and cons of each until we narrowed the possible solution to three possibilities. Some residents want a second man attached to the chore, some want the residents who aren’t employed to do the chore and others want names pulled out of a hat at our weekly house meeting to become responsible for raking the leaves that particular week.
The residents voted and pulling names from a hat won the vote. Now we wait; will the three residents; Eddie, Jason, and Don come together, work as a team to rake the leaves this Sunday or will the problem persist.
These three residents did, in fact, come together, the leaves got raked, the house looks great and we feel satisfied with ourselves having worked hard in the yard on Sunday. More importantly, these three residents used healthy, effective problem-solving skills to come to a solution; they implemented that solution and in doing so took a further step towards becoming responsible citizens. The alternative was an option, the yard could still be scattered with debris and fall foliage, the whispering and character assassination over a cigarette could have continued, but that is not why we reside in an “Ox”; the goal here is to learn to deal with what we have hidden from for so long – life on life's terms – this week we were successful, next week will present fresh challenges, however, keeping this problem-solving strategy in mind we will overcome those too.
“Mindtools”, What is Problem Solving, Retrieved December 4, 2016, From