Solving Problems Easily
Solving Problems Easily
What is Problem Solving?
Many people work each day with problems at their core. You can solve a problem for an internal or external client, support those who are solving problems or discover new ones. The problems you face can be simple, complex, large, easy, or hard.
Finding solutions is a fundamental part of any manager’s job. Your success is dependent on your ability to solve problems confidently. A good process is key to your confidence when solving a problem. You can quickly and efficiently solve problems with one. You may find your solutions ineffective or even worse, you might get stuck, which can lead to painful consequences.
We don’t like feeling stuck at work or in life. There are many tried-and-true problem-solving strategies that can be used to solve difficult situations in work and personal lives.
Easy Tips to Solve Your Problems
1. Silent brainstorming
One problem with brainstorming sessions is the fact that people who are loudest tend to be the ones chosen to solve the problem. Even though they may have a great idea, the quieter ones are likely to just sit there and not have an opportunity to speak up. It’s easier to feel like it’s important to be loud and active than having a great idea.
You might be seeing this happening more often than you think. It doesn’t matter if you do it online or at work, the process is the exact same. Everyone in the team has their own ideas and can share them with others without having to sit at the same table. Everyone’s opinions are equal in weight. It’s much easier to make a decision online than if you do it in person.
2. Don’t just Trust yourself.
Problems often arise and remain unsolved because we are too busy or lazy to take the time to get away from them. We tend to think only from our perspective, rather than zooming out and seeing the larger picture.
3. The 5 Whys Technique
This technique is great for quickly getting to the bottom of a problem. You only need to ask “Why” five times. Begin with the problem and then ask why it happened. Be objective in your answers. Keep asking “Why?” four times more. You will eventually find the answer to your question. Then you can begin looking for a solution.
This technique presents the greatest challenge in giving objective, rational answers to every “why” question. Be strong against the temptation to answer only from your point of view. Instead, look at the logic behind why it happened. It is better to admit that you don’t know something than to give an answer that is subjective.
4. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
This advanced technique allows you to solve complex problems quickly. It can be used to analyse each component of your strategy, and to dissect it to determine how it could fail. You’ll find the best solution to your problem by looking at the effects of each failure as well as the likelihood that it will occur. You will then be able to create a list of steps to prevent the failures that you have listed.
5. The wanderer technique
The same approach can be used to solve your problems. You can take a step back from the situation and move on. Take a step back and get out of the way. Your brain may just relax and you might find the solution to your problem.
6. Leave room for imagination
For example, you could try the Calm Room approach to solving problems. Or you might look for other methods that allow you to use your imagination rather than cold facts in order solve a problem at work.
7. Wrapping up
It is important to remember that problems can and will happen at any time. A problem at work can also provide us with information about what we need to do. Each of these techniques is designed to open up your company to solving problems and avoiding friendly conflicts.
A good problem definition requires that you address the root cause of the problem, not just its symptoms. You might assume that the problem lies with the people who submit work. However, substandard performance could be a sign of poor department performance. If you dig deeper, however, you might find the real problem is a lack or unreasonable workload.
Problems, especially at work, are not something that anyone likes. They are part of our daily work routine. Many job advertisements online will list problem-solving skills as a requirement for the job. Every job requires some level of problem-solving.