If you were a detective looking to solve a crime, would you start by accusing people straight away?
Of course, not.
You would look for clues, ask clarifying and leading questions, and then reflect on the findings before making educated guesses.
The same approach can be used to solve difficult problems.
An easy way to hone your problem-solving skills is to ask better questions.
Study The Problem First
Most people jump into problem-solving mode instantly and want to fix things. Instead, follow the approach of a doctor studying the symptoms before subscribing possible solutions.
Avoid looking for solutions immediately.
In the game of chess, you need to spot the patterns, think a few moves ahead, be systematic, and keep moving.
Questions Solve Problems
Ask a mixture of obvious and not-so-obvious questions.
Here is a list of questions you could use the next time you have to solve a difficult problem:
- When did you first notice the ‘problem?’
- Is the situation the same every day?
- Does the problem follow a pattern?
- Are there other areas that you would expect to see the same problem but don’t?
- Does the problem change in nature over time?
Get to the root cause of the issue. Rushing in with answers is like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. It is a short-term fix that needs to be ripped off at some point to fix the underlying issue.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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