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The Art of Problem Solving for Your Business

art of problem solvingThe art of problem solving for your business is another skill set to add to your portfolio of must have skills as an entrepreneur.

There are no more excuses not to find the answers to our problems.  We live in an era full of knowledge available at our finger tips and we have access to the greatest resources available in the world.  The power of our neurological pathways in our brain combined with today’s to quality search engines and video sites such as: Google, Bing, Wikipedia, Youtube, Vimeo, etc. becomes a lethal power weapon for us to do research and find out our solutions.

As individuals we don’t know everything, that’s impossible, but all the world together exchanging ideas, solutions, tutorials, overall knowledge, together we know an unlimited amount of information that people 100 years ago could only dreamed of.  There’s simply absolutely no way we can’t know of something today if we put the proper effort in our research.

As a manager, in one of my previous careers, I’ve had first hand opportunity to deal with employees who’d ask lots of questions or said statements, which I thought were pretty self explanatory.   It became apparent to me that the questions asked were intended to immediately look for the answer without even learning the process of how to get to the answer.  Which made me realize that maybe they’ve never been properly taught an effective cognitive thought process.

I used to hear dead end statements like: “I can’t do that.” The first observation I made was that sometimes people make a statement instead of asking a question and when that’s the case, you can’t go any further, it stops right then and there.  If you can’t ask proper questions, how are you supposed to be able to find the answer?  Clearly this should have been asked as follows: “How can I do that?”  The next step in the art of problem solving method would be to clarify what the “that” means, example: “How can I do effective marketing for my work from home business?”

The Art Of Problem Solving Through Clarity

From here, you need more clarity, it’s good practise at the beginning to write it down on a piece of paper and try to figure out 20 solutions to the problem.  Over time, your mind will become better at automatically figuring out alternatives and finding solutions.  Another tip would be to clarify the question even more by asking something along those lines: “What marketing methods exist for a home business?”  By expanding and clarifying the scope of your question to solve your problem, it then becomes easier to look it up in search engines and from there generate other ideas.

Side Note! For every problem you got, use the art of problem solving to find a solution. Try to come up with 20 different solutions on how you can solve your problem.

Essentially you’ve got to learn the art of problem solving for your business through doing effective research, asking clarifying questions, knowing the outcome of what you want and force your mind to give you 20 solutions.

We’ve got to accept that we don’t know everything but with proper research, one answer will lead to another until we can make sense of a satisfying answer.  Eventually you might like the reasoning of some people more than others and might consider looking up to them as a mentor for more creative ways to brainstorm and find out different solutions through education to grow your business.   The important factor is that we’ve got to realise that we’ve got to take full ownership in our ability to figure out what we don’t know.

At the end of the day, we are all fully responsible for our own lives, our own success, our own happiness and our own decision making.

Mastering the art of problem solving for your business will not only help you in your working capacity but will also help you in figuring out all kinds of other solutions in various parts of your life.

Showing these tricks to my employees empowered them significantly in their daily work and lives.  Hopefully it will do the same for you.

What about you, what other techniques in the art of problem solving realm do you use to find out solutions?

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