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.