The more creative and insightful you will be in identifying creative solutions and breakthrough ideas. If it is a major decision and will take some time to implement, set a series of short-term deadlines and a schedule for reporting. The faster you move in the direction of your clearly defined goals, the more creative you will be. You can solve any problem, overcome any obstacle or achieve any goal that you can set for yourself by using your wonderful creative mind and then taking action consistently and persistently until you attain your objective.
Look for the root cause of the problem rather than get sidetracked by the symptom.
The discussion of solutions is inherently positive, uplifting and has a tendency to release creativity amongst the group.
A discussion of problems is inherently negative, de-motivating and tends to inhibit creativity.
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes”, says American industrialist Henry Kaiser.
According to Concise Oxford Dictionary (1995), a problem is “ doubtful or difficult matter requiring a solution” and “something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with.” Such situations are at the center of what many people do at work every day.
The key to effective problem solving and decision making discussions, is for you to all go through the process systematically. ” Too many problem-solving discussions end up focusing all of the attention of all the people present on what happened in the past and who is to blame.
Clarify the Problem Right at the beginning, you ask the question, “What exactly is the problem? The effective executive uses this type of communication to focus on where the company and the individuals are going, and what can happen in the future – the only part of the equation over which anyone has any control.
You have to always be ready to hit the brakes and slow down. Take it right and you’ll find yourself in good shape for the straightaway that follows.
Take it too fast and you may not be in as good shape.