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Problem solving; the top ten questions to ask before listing your pros and cons

When it comes to problem solving it’s very easy to say list the pros and cons but what do you do if you draw a blank and don’t know where to begin? Here are some questions to get you started…

 

Questions which will help reveal the pro’s and con’s:

 

  1. How easy is this solution?
  2. How fast is this solution?
  3. What resources would I need to execute this solution? Do I have everything I need to hand and if not could I source what I need?
  4. How practical is this solution?
  5. If executed well, is this solution very effective?
  6. What could go wrong? How likely is it that something may go wrong?
  7. What are the odds of this solution working well overall?
  8. Do I have any relevant experience which would benefit my executing this solution now?
  9. Does the solution rely on anyone else to work? If so how reliable are the individuals in question?
  10. Does the solution working depend upon anything outside of my control? If so to what degree? If to a large degree could the solution be classed as high risk?

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How to Navigate Any Problem with Ease Part Three

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Last week we looked at what key questions to ask when defining a problem. This week we examine the importance of brainstorming and weighing up the pros and cons.

 

Step Two – Brainstorm Possible Solutions

 

This is the moment to think of as many possible solutions – however ridiculous they might at first appear – and write them all down. Try to think laterally, remembering how you defined the problem in the first place.

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How to Navigate Any Problem with Ease Part Two

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Before you start getting excited to begin solving a problem, there is a handy little technique I learnt that will help you decipher whether or not you need to problem solve your current predicament and it’s called the worry chart. Use these questions whenever you believe you have a problem and it will reveal whether you need to stop worrying about it and let it go or begin problem solving.

 

WORRY CHART

 

Is it happening now?

Yes – go to next question

No – let it go

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How to Navigate Any Problem with Ease Part One

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Like anyone, I have had my fair share of problems. I have had conflict in relationships. I have had competing demands on my time. I have had forks in the road where I have had to choose what to do. I have always weighed up the pros and cons but recently I went over my therapy notes and found in-depth material on problem solving that was invaluable.

 

I’m embarrassed to say that in recent years I haven’t written my problem solving out however when I went through the steps I realised that I did several of them automatically, I suspect because I learnt them formally in 2009 and am so familiar with them. Nevertheless, since re-reading my notes I have made a commitment to write my problem solving down so as to greater enhance my problem solving process.

 

The truth is that we all face problems at some point or another but I firmly believe that it is our response to problems that largely determines the quality of our lives, with a calm and logical approach the best by far. Having a thorough methodology to problem solving allows us to feel more in control and enables us to be more logical in making decisions.

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