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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 ...
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 ...
You not only need to make your plans flexible, but you want to try and plan for surprises as well.
You won't always know what they are, but you can make educated guesses and be a...
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Great leaders only solve problems within their control. Ones connected to their biggest why. They ask:
Problems fuel great leaders, providing opportunities to learn and grow to the next level.
The greater the problem, the hungrier they are for a solution. Leaders like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates view problems as golden opportunities to disrupt the market and revolutionize the customer experience.
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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Having a systematic approach to how you deal with problems, as opposed to just going by gut and feelings, ca...
Detectives and investigators use the process. They ask both obvious and unthinkable questions.
Get close and collect information about how the problem is manifesting. Understand where the problem does and doesn’t happen, when the problem started, and how often the problem occurs to generate critical insight for the problem-solving effort.
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A simple fact like the motive for your business being profit or bottom-line oriented, or a genuine desire to help your customers, can be the reason for your success or ...
Entrepreneurship is a selfless endeavor. It is only when you genuinely are solving people’s problems, that you are going to win.
You will only make money if you really help your customers, not because you want to make money.
While having a grand vision is great, demonstrating the essence of your idea and solving the core issues of customers, no matter how small, can put you in the path to success.
The problem-solving mindset is the way to succeed, instead of grand self-delusional plans.
People have loved puzzles since the stone age. It is a phenomenon that is now becoming a craze.
Being able to solve puzzles provides us with an ‘aha’ moment and improves our pattern rec...
The ability to solve complex puzzles involves being able to process, match and synthesize a lot of different kinds of information at the same time.
Mathematics and Music are two areas that are different yet have connections in puzzle solving.
Paradoxically, the more you get inside a puzzle with seriousness and increased effort, the harder it becomes. Just like the losing chess player who is leaning too close to the board, solving puzzles is not about sheer effort, but a playful, relaxed state of mind.
Being able to be non-serious and enjoying the moment helps form the necessary connections that are hindered if the mind is in stress.
Good problem-solving starts with an accurate description of the situation. Not with a definition.
If you start defining the problem (for e.g, calling it an “accounting problem” or a “m...
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Sherlock Holmes observed facts without being judgmental. He would construct a hypothesis about what he believed happened. He would then search for more evidence to logically validate his ini...
Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot encourages everybody to tell their story. Stories help Poirot comprehend what kind of person the victim was. And to uncover the murderer’ motive.
Storytelling is powerful to uncover insights, not just the truth. Design Thinking — a process for creative problem solving — leverages the power of stories to detect human desires and needs.
Sarah Linden is the least self-aware television detective.
Her dedication to her work and stubbornness are unbeatable. She never gives up. Even though she fails in many aspects of her life — like being a mother. But, she keeps showing up and trying to do better. She tries again, fails again, and fails better.
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... or moving the goalposts, it happens when problems never seem to go away because people keep changing how they define them.
This can be a frustrating experience, because you don't r...
These comparisons often use less energy than absolute measurements. For e.g, it’s easier to remember which of your cousins is the tallest than exactly how tall each cousin is. Human brains have likely evolved to use relative comparisons in many situations because they often provide enough information to safely navigate our environments, with very little effort.
Every good story deserves a sequel. Keep swimming!
What this means for you: You’ve learned from your failures, now learn from your successes — and build off them. Get ready for ...
After conquering their challenges characters are “reborn” with greater knowledge and power than before. They teamed up with friends to save others, and in the process saved themselves.
What this means for you: Take stock of what you accomplished. Enjoy it.
After all the lessons learned in the journey, characters can finally face their challenges. But sometimes even all the preparations aren’t enough and someone they help earlier in their journey unexpectedly comes to save the day.
What it means for you: Never pass up an opportunity to help someone else. You never know when they will return the favor.
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It means overanalyzing something that happened, regretting an action, or worrying about the future of something.
It's when you can't think about anything else, and it'...
If you're overthinking an idea you can actually do something about, the best thing you can do is take action now.
This doesn't mean you have to suddenly run off to make something, it just means you start taking a step forward. We tend to overthink because we fear failure, but if we just start working, that dissipates quickly