Problem Solving Skills, Part 1

Although each day we are faced with the need to solve problems, few of us have ever had the opportunity to actually learn how to effectively do this.  And, the result is usually frustration, anger, and stress.  So, let’s take a bit of time to gain understanding of what is involved in solving problems.  First, the four steps in this process are:

Identify the problem – Few of us actually take time to identify what the problem is.  We are usually in such a hurry to make the problem disappear because we become uncomfortable as soon as a problem arises.  Therefore, first take the time to determine what is actually happening, exactly what the problem is.

Desired outcome – Since we are usually in a hurry to make the problem go away, we don’t even care what the outcome is except that we want there to no longer be a problem.  We don’t think about what it is we want to happen, just what we don’t want to happen.  Therefore, it is important to determine what you want the outcome to be.

Options – We tend to stop looking at solutions as soon as we come up with one.  The issue is that the chances of this one solution being the best are low.  So, give yourself time to brainstorm, to come up with many options.

Action – In order to make the problem go away, we take action, any action.  We are not particularly concerned about the repercussions.  We just want the whole thing to disappear.  Another reaction to problems is to avoid taking action due to being unsure regarding which action is best.  So then nothing happens.  It is important to assess the options you have come up with and determine which one is best.  Then act on it.

This week, notice how you have been addressing problems and use these four steps to begin becoming more effective.  You’ll find you feel more relaxed, confident, and successful!

Copyright 2011 Lynn Borenius Brown

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