Part of our manage in a minute series, read this article to gain a quick overview of the right steps effective problem solving.
We end the article with two principles that perhaps aren’t applied often enough when we set out to solve a problem.
You should evaluate at least two areas: For a more comprehensive explanation of the 7 problem solving steps, plus a wide range of tools to help you take them, go to our great-value e-guide: What’s the Problem.
This guide is designed to help you find the right problems then take steps to address them.
Whether it's asking what you'll eat for lunch or how you'll win back a high-profile client, making decisions is something we have to do every day.
Making those decisions -- and facing adversity head-on -- is what makes us successful in life. By identifying the problem you need to solve and thinking through the ways you could tackle it, decisions become much easier to make.7 Evaluate and Learn You will have done some things really well through this seven step problem solving process.It would be all too easy to forget them in rushing to solve the next problem, or to implement the solution.5 Select the Best Solution Selecting is about making choices, about deciding.To do this you need to weigh up the competing value and risk of the different options you generated in the previous step.Firstly in our 7 problem solving steps, we advocate taking a proactive approach, go and find problems to solve; important and valuable problems.The real starting point then for any problem solving process is to find the right problem to solve.2 Define the Problem It is very tempting to gloss over this step and move to analysis and solutions.However, like the first step, it is one of the secrets of effective problem solving.Instead, focus on the actual problem: "The car won't start."Create a mental list of the actual negative consequences -- the worst-case scenarios.We have a tendency to think a minor setback is the end of the world.