Ways to improve your problem solving skills


​Developing problem solving skills, Why great leaders are great problem solvers

Become a great problem solver

The greatest problem solvers are the people, who have less stress, better relationships and they achieve far more than the people who get bogged down by the life's challenges.

The world's greatest leaders and achievers are utmost problem solvers.

Problem solving is a life-saving skill, that becomes better and better, when we proactively seek-out the challenges plus risks and work towards solving them, by unconventional means, maybe failing many times before we reach, what is referred as "having arrived" status.

Almost all of us, gets shaken-up in life, in many ways and many times – financially, relationship-wise, health-wise, professionally and so on.

On few occasions, all these would happen simultaneously, proving Murphy's law through its all corollaries. We feel upset, frustrated, let down, irritated, angry etc.

But if we can create an attitude and mindset of looking at the challenges and problems – by focusing on the following, I can guarantee you a life filled with deep contentment, happiness, success, wonderful relationships, and feelings of bliss of living a meaningful, powerful and worthy life

1.With the perspective of constantly asking what all, can I do to overcome this. What is within my area of control in seemingly impossible situation
2.Asking regularly, how can I make my life qualitatively better
3.What can I do differently, what can I start doing, what can I stop doing, what can I change
4.Thinking objectively, to find what roles we have played to bring this challenge, and then going in correcting the same
5.Thinking and looking at the situation from multiple angles, to understand the situation better
6.To look for maximum number of alternative explanations, to define the situation by reframing it in both negative and positive connotations
7.And then focusing on exploring the various ways this problem can be solved effectively, by finding as many solutions
8.Learning to equip ourselves with the skills that would help us solve the problems better next time
9.Then being involved in implementing, monitoring and improvising the solutions till accomplish our goals
10.Seeking help, in case we are paralyzed and totally overwhelmed by the situation

Sometimes we are stuck because of a minor challenge, which is preventing us from solving a major problem of our life and hence stopping us from achieving something huge.

Then solving that challenge first, has to be our first priority.

Myths about Problem Solving

1.It is natural gift, we are born with it
2.Only certain people in certain professions are creative
3.You need to take big risks
4.The complex problems have complex solution
5.You need special qualifications and background to be a problem solver
6.As a problem solver you need to be right all the time

Phil Knight, founder of Nike, started selling shoes out of the trunk of his car in 1964 but kept his day job as an accountant until 1969.

The barriers to problem solving

1.Accepting the solution that comes to mind first or we feel strongly about or our conscious mind is pushing us to do something in a particular way
2.Accepting the set processes or default options without evaluating the other possibilities
3.Not balancing the risk
4.Not trying out new ideas, in favor of the established ones, for the fear of failure
5.Not able to accept that mistakes would happen, and playing safe to avoid being ridiculed by others
6.Paying more attention to what others are suggesting, rather than listening to your instincts
7.Trying to be someone else, who may have totally different mind-set, skills and perspective
8.Do not feel comfortable to challenge the status quo and feeling insecure for GOING AGAINST THE tide

Now almost immortal, Seinfeld script was almost rejected by the studio executives. It was too unconventional.

How to inculcate problem solving attitude in us* please read my various blogs on creativity, problem solving, sharpening your mind, skills to learn, handling difficult situation, common sense, giving your 100% etc. ALL THE *MARKED ONES HAVE SEPARATE DIY ARTICLES IN THE "FROM THE HEART OF SUBHASHIS" IN https://successunlimited-mantra.com/ AND FOR RELATIONSHIP ISSUES IN http://relationshipandhappiness.com/

1.Developing thick skin towards what others would say
2.Developing an attitude of pro-actively seeking the fun in going for uncertainty*
3.Enjoying experimenting with whatever ideas you feel would work, the failing and improvising till succeeding*
4.Before attempting anything new, learning what skills, knowledge, exposure you need to have, before you can attempt anything new, then learning the same
5.Identifying what actions are within you're your current capabilities
6.Taking initiatives to implement your plan into daily actions [which you would have created working backwards from your vision]*
7.Learning from each mistakes and failures and working on discovering, what can be changed to get the desired results
8.Developing and practicing following key soft skills*
I.Negotiation skills*
IV.Selling skills*
V.Entrepreneurship skills*
VI.Emotional intelligence*, social intelligence*, financial intelligence*, mental sharpness*, physical fitness*
VII.Communication* & presentation skills*
VIII.Leadership* and managerial skills
IX.Best practices from individuals as well as businesses of different types
X.Creativity and innovation*
XI.Art of listening*
XII.Art of asking tough penetrating questions*
XIII.Art of observation*
XIV.Relationship building skills*
XV.Decision making*
XVI.Implementation skills*
XVII.Conflict resolution and turning conflicts into powerful outcomes*
XVIII.Habit of continuous learning and improvement*
9.Focusing on excellence*
10.Practicing to challenge the status quo always*
11.Identifying and challenging your own assumptions
12.Not accepting the expert's advice, without evaluating and challenging the expert
13.Learning to brainstorm within to generate many ideas, on everything that you are asked or you are working on
14.Evaluating and experimenting with ideas that you feel passionate about*
15.Developing the habit of spotting the winning ideas and emerging trends*
16.Pitching your ideas to right people at right time
17.Rejecting the first answer/opinion/solution that comes to you, till you have done due diligence
18.Weighing your risk, before you take a leap into unknown, by balancing the odds like NIKE founder's above example
19.Get your ideas vetted by skeptical yet intelligent and experienced people, who may not have any reason to see you fail*
20. When you decide to do something, give your100%*
21.The most successful people just don't jump off a cliff without looking—they go to the edge, do multiple-checks and also ensure that in case if it does not work, what course of action would be open for them
22. Explore, Identify, Evaluate, apply/test, discard, improvise and reimplement*
23. Go for adventure sports, artistic pursuits, dancing, theatre etc
24. Develop childlike curiosity
25. Embrace unconventional way of thinking*
26. Develop humor by seeing funny angle in everything*
27.Listen to the critiques, they can give you a big break idea*
28. whatever ideas you have, use the 6 hats technique of Edward De Bono*
29. Learn to question and demolish your own solution from every different stakeholder's perspective, till you cannot demolish it anymore. Then work on creating a practical implementable solution
30. Dis-arm your prospects by selling* your idea by emphasizing all the things that are wrong with it and when it hits the chord with them, show why your solution is better
31.Learn to procrastinate* productively, don't rush into action immediately
32. Develop mutually enriching collaborations* with people
33. Keep redefining the problem to understand it the right way to avoid solving the wrong problem*
34. Be flexible* yet operate under a systematic structure
35. Developing a discipline* of follow-through and follow-up
36. Don't rely on what worked in the past to act in your current project, always customize
37.Create plans for all the expected obstacles yet be prepared for everything to go wrong at once*
38. learn to be emotionally resilient*
39. Live a life of no excuse, no blame. Take full ownership of your life, your actions, your experiences
40. learn to change the negatives into positives*
41.Time to time, shake your life upside down*
42. Pay attention to your inner voice
43. Junk quick-fixes o short-cuts, go for long term
44. Understand that all the problems have very simple solutions, simplify* till anyone can understand the real problem as well as the possible actions needed
45. Stick with the basics*, that is what makes people successful
46. Learning to separate the symptoms from the cause, by understanding the root cause and then generating multiple solutions. After solution generation, evaluating whether it is technically/ financially/resources-wise/capability-wise, viable
47.You must also identify, is this really a problem you need to solve or whether it is a problem at all. The Understand your 'Why', And then move to the 'What' and then finally to "how"
48. Rethink and redefine your mental boundaries

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