The Problem Is Solved

That, in itself, brings more clarity to the problem at hand.

But go further and test each assumption for validity: think in ways that they might not be valid and their consequences.

In the end, the problem is still the same, but the feelings — and the points of view — associated with each of them are vastly different.

Many of these assumptions may be inaccurate and could make your problem statement inadequate or even misguided.Here are 10 strategies you can use to see problems from many different perspectives and master what is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem in the first place!The definition of the problem will be the focal point of all your problem-solving efforts.What most of us don’t realize — and what supposedly Einstein might have been alluding to — is that the quality of the solutions we come up with will be in direct proportion to the quality of the description of the problem we’re trying to solve.Not only will your solutions be more abundant and of higher quality, but they’ll be achieved much, much more easily.Maybe you really are taking too much responsibility for too many things. It’s when they don’t know what to do that they get overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed.” Solve. In that case, it’s not the list that’s the problem. Maybe working on the list is a way for you to avoid tackling something you are anxious about doing. If any of those possibilities ring true, then all the compromises and separate accounts in the world won’t solve the problem. This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it.One of your assumptions might be ‘restaurants have a menu’.While such an assumption may seem true at first, try challenging it and maybe you’ll find some very interesting business models (such as one restaurant in which customers bring dish ideas for the chef to cook, for example).

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