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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...

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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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Use the why lens

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Acknowledging the problem

Great leaders acknowledge there is a problem and demonstrate the severity of the problem and the benefit of the solution to stakeholders, partners, and shareholders. 

This way, the leader not only takes responsibility for making the problem transparent, but he or she also explores different dimensions of the problem, consequently benefiting from others’ ideas.

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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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