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Coaching Academys Trainer - Ann Skidmore's Top 10 Tips For Problem Solving

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Problems arise when an obstacle prevents us reaching a goal. An objective is something we have decided we need to achieve; an obstacle is anything that prevents us achieving an objective.

 

‘All problems are difficult before they are easy’ Proverb

Problems arise when an obstacle prevents us reaching a goal. An objective is something we have decided we need to achieve; an obstacle is anything that prevents us achieving an objective.

Objective + Obstacle = PROBLEM

We encounter a huge variety of problems during the course of our work, with objectives and obstacles of different types and importance. Being able to solve these problems efficiently is essential. So here are my top 10 tips for problem solving:

1. Define the desired outcome.

2. State the problem clearly — half the solution of a problem is understanding what it is.

3. Explain the problem to someone else, or write it down — this will force you to clarify it, and solutions may start to present themselves.

4. Make sure that you have gathered all the information necessary.

5. Identify the part of your day at which you are most productive, and allocate some of this time to the problem.

6. Start with the parts of the problem that seem easy or obvious.

7. Identify apparent solutions, and dismiss those that, for whatever reason, are not feasible.

8. If you are sure that you have all the necessary input, and cannot see the solution, make a conscious decision to leave it for a while — your subconscious mind will work on it.

9. Beware of procrastination — often any decision is better than no decision.

10. It is legitimate to decide not to decide — some problems will solve themselves or subsequent events make it clear what course should be taken.

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