One of the main elements to problem solving that I used to get stuck on was how to know what wouldn’t work. Obviously there are the solutions which are unsuitable or inappropriate but what of the solutions that are grand and elaborate? Should we throw these out too?
The more I learnt about creating goals the more I realized that grand, elaborate solutions needn’t be overlooked as ridiculous. So long as the pros and cons are honestly listed and evaluated there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with an elaborate solution. What makes elaborate solutions tricky is that they involve more planning and thorough execution. The solution needs to be broken down into many smaller tasks which are both manageable and easily measurable. Deadlines and interim progress review dates need to be set.
With this in mind elaborate plans aren’t necessarily any better or worse than their more simple counterparts and a grand solution may well be the most appropriate solution you find to the problem at hand.
So the next time you problem solve keep in mind that when brainstorming, elaborate solutions needn’t be either automatically discounted or prized as the best but treated the same as any other solution you may come across, providing you are able to break it down into manageable tasks and are confident you can execute it well.
If you have brainstormed elaborate solutions in the past you may benefit from reading my article on goals titled ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’, which walks you through the entire process of creating goals and is very relevant to tackling elaborate solutions when problem solving.
Have you thought of elaborate solutions as ridiculous in the past? Have you ever thought the more elaborate the solution the better the outcome? Are you confident you could execute an elaborate solution well? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.