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8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do

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8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do
Life is full of problems and challenges. Most people become proficient at working through small issues or at least skirting them. But those who are exceptionally good at solving problems have a distinct advantage on the path to success. They often become leaders among their peers.

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Remain objective

Great problem solvers approach each new problem as though it were brand new. 

That way they can apply a specific solution to the problem instead of a fix that may go only partway.

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List the obstacles

Great problem solvers take a high-level view of the issues involved and jot down a list of all the potential factors that could get in the way of a solution. 

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Identify the opportunity

So many times great opportunities are wrapped up inside simple problems.

The problem at hand may be symptomatic of bigger problems with your systems or perhaps your industry.

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Break down silos

Great problem solvers are also great facilitators. 

They use their communication skills to help others share information so all bases are covered.

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Translate research into action

Data and precedent are important but at some point, you just have to take action.

Get enough research to understand the issues and then engage your creativity to find new ways to better solve old issues.

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Reverse engineer

Great problem solvers have the vision to picture the ideal working scenario and then construct the methodology that will achieve the desired effect.

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Engage open-minded people

Great problem solvers know the best results come from groups of open-minded people.

Your problem-solving team must be willing to get outside of the box and uncomfortable.

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Leave your ego aside

Often great solutions to problems are ignored because a leader wants the solution to be his or her idea.

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Create Specified Time For Thinking

Set aside time to tackle a problem and then use the entire time. Don't head for the door after the first good idea, as there may be bigger and better ideas to come.

Encourage Outside Learning

Bring facilitation techniques to encourage participation.

By giving team members time and resources to grow, learn, and explore you get a better quality and wider brainstorming. 

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Basic steps to solving any problem

  • Understand the Problem, so you know you're actually focusing on the the real issue at hand.
  • Create a Plan, so you have a series of actionable steps to follow.
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Understand the Problem

Often the most difficult step, because it's easy to focus on the wrong part of the problem, or look at the problem too broadly.

The first thing you need to do is reduce it to its simplest and purest form so you know exactly what you're dealing with. While you're doing this, you need to ask yourself questions to make sure you're focusing on the right things. 

Create a Plan

You need a plan with actionable steps. Ask yourself what's barring you from moving forward and make step one. Step one will open doors to other steps. 

Consider which steps will open more doors, add them to the plan, and keep doing that until you get to your solution. Things will change as you act on the plan and you'll need to adapt, so it's best to keep your plan somewhat open-ended and try to include steps that involve preparing for trouble you can foresee.