Success Can Be Messy
Most successful, hard-working, result-oriented professionals are surrounded by all kinds of problems, issues, and the like. The good news is, problems are a strong indication that action is being taken towards meeting an objective.
Many less effective people choose to quickly sweep problems under the rug, and then wonder why they keep tripping over the rug with the big hump in the middle.
To be more effective, the counter intuitive truth is, you want to expect, identify, and resolve problems quickly. That is a formula for uncommon productivity. This is in shocking contrast to the common sense non-sense that works hard to do everything possible to avoid problems. Your mission is to embrace problems and then cultivate your creativity to a point where you can solve most problems with ease.
Problems are by-products of action and should be expected, not avoided. If you choose to adopt this altered view of problems, you can unleash your creativity to become a master at problem solving and significantly expand your ability to produce the desired results.
Approach to Problem Solving
Your first mission is to get faster at identifying problems and then objectively documenting the relevant details related to the source and severity of the problem. Given that you, and others if appropriate, have determined that a specific documented problem is something that is worth fixing, you can now turn your attention to solving the problem. If you are a user of AdminiTrack’s issue tracking system, you are already familiar with this type of process.
Sometimes the solution to a problem is straightforward, but when it’s not, you may have to get a little creative. For our purposes, let’s define creative problem solving as the process of identifying uncommon methods to solve difficult problems faster than previously believed possible.
One of the keys to creativity is to allow yourself to be open to the potential solutions to the problem. This is not a natural act for most of us. We all have experiences that inform us as to what will and will not work in a given situation. Most of the time, this can be considered an asset. It can also be a limiting factor when trying to come up with new ideas for solving challenging problems.
Once your mind is open to new ideas, the next thing to do to get the creative juices flowing is to try something that you may not normally do. How about do something fun? Play a game. In case you aren’t sure what I’m getting at, my friend Pam Scott, who is brilliant at working with engineering firms to help them develop effective leaders within their companies, has an article worth reading titled:
“Go Play!” (a great way to promote cognitive fitness)
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” -Theodore Rubin