Tips on How to Develop
A problem has occurred
and you start thinking there is no solution. Does this sound
familiar? How many times have you felt baffled knowing that you
cannot solve the problem. Or at least you think you canít.
But now is the time to
celebrate! There might be some hope yet!
problem-solving techniques may enable you to view your situation in a
different light. And that light might just be at the end of the tunnel
that leads to possible solutions.
First of all, in the
light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact
that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you
must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you
thought were unsolvable.
Now, with this
optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in
solving our problems.
#1: Maybe the
reason you cannot solve your problem is the simple fact that you have
not really taken a hard look at what it is. Trying to understand the
situation and having a concrete understanding is essential in finding
the solution. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you
have a better foundation towards solving the problem.
assumptions obstruct our view of a possible solution. Identify which
assumptions are valid and need to be addressed.
#3: Try to
solve the problem one step at a time. Write down the problem, and
then come up with a one-sentence general solution of what will solve
this problem. From here you can develop the solution further.
#4: Be creative
and logical. When someone comes up with an idea, try to think how it
can be implemented. Be creative and at the same time, look for reasons
why this particular solution might not work.
#5: Try to keep
track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may
be more than just one solution to the problem.
that old adage," two heads are better than one." Itís truer than it
sounds. Be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to a
variety of ideas. This is especially true when the person you're
talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours. You
don't have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. Organize
your thoughts and youíll be better off.
patient. There is always a chance that a solution will present itself.
exercises can also help you in your mission to be a more creative
Here is a great
example: Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to
mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two
words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a
list of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and
strengthens your creative process.
So, next time you see
a problem you think you canít solve, think again. The solution might
just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little
creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.
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Cathy Warschaw is the
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