Have you ever thought intensively about some problem only to discover that the solution was simple and obvious? “How I didn’t think of it before?” or “How I didn’t think of it?”, (if someone else resolves the issue) are usual aftermath responds.
In her blog post published on her website LittleActsofLeadership.com, Susan Mazza explains why this happens: people are too much focused on problems instead on desired outcomes.
One of the most important traits of people who are great problem solvers is that they ask the right questions, question directly related to the desired outcomes. Susan says that even very smart people sometimes cannot solve a relatively easy problem, because they focus on a wrong question, forgetting what goal they ultimately want to achieve. Susan gave an example from the book “Think Better” by Tim Hurson: “NASA invested millions of dollars developing a zero gravity pen because the pens we had did not work in space. The Soviets, of course, had the same problem and came with far simpler and much cheaper – use a pencil.” The difference is that Soviets ask themselves how to write in space, instead of how to make a pen that writes in space. Susan recommends outcome based thinking, thinking focused on what we want to achieve. Problem solving is an important trait of all leaders, so sharpening this skill will help you save time, resources and make good decisions.
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