Good problem solving is one of the main characteristics which distinguishes outstanding leaders from weak ones. Everyday challenges create unique opportunities for personal growth. If you have never had to figure out possible solutions to a problem for your work, the chances are good you are not contributing to your company’s success.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”― Albert Einstein
There are 7 steps to problem-solving that can be implemented to your team to build a stronger organization.
There are stories of individuals elevated to management or leadership positions because they are qualified and excel with the professional skills needed to do the job. All of a sudden, these people find themselves in need of “thinking on their feet” and discussing things that are much higher-level and more complex than ever. Will these people have the resources available to help them cope efficiently and adequately with the problem? Let’s discuss…
What is the first step in the problem-solving process?
Step 1: Determine The Problem
Why are things like if we just expect them to be the way they are? This question helps you to determine which norm we should be compared to where we are now. And then address the crucial question: How much variation is to be extracted from the standard?
The problem lies therein. We might say it’s okay with me; this person doesn’t do it exactly as I suggest, and I’m okay with them having some versatility in that. You will have to deal 100 percent with any other question.
Step 2: Analyze The Problem
Where the problem lies? It helps you to realize the problem’s severity and there are usually three levels.
The developmental stage is where the problem starts to pop up. It is not an urgent threat to the everyday manner in which industry works. It all happens and you have the ability to fix it without destroying the systems that it impacts.
The advanced level is when more than just minor damage occurs. You need to get on with it right now and fix it before it becomes a crisis where the consequences will be worse, worse, and more costly if we don’t fix it early.
The third stage is the stage of the tragedy, which must be dealt with quickly before it gets too serious. At this point, considerable harm was done to customer systems, credibility, tactics, etc. which could theoretically have long-term impacts on market performance.
Step 3: Define The Problem
In the form of a sentence, you should be able to answer a question by expressing it, and you should be able to do that in 12 words or less so in science, it is not a complicated subject. And you have a complete understanding of what the problem is. Then maybe try to clarify it to friends and make sure they understand the essence of the problem, make sense, and for the same reason, everyone looks for a solution.
Step 4: Look for Root Causes
The transition includes posing a great many questions and addressing them. Tell questions such as: Who caused this? Who’s to blame for that? When did the question come up first? How did it come out this way? How did Standard Divergence come to be? Who is it that scares the most? How are we to solve the problem?
Even ask the most important question: Will this problem be fixed for good so that it will never happen again? As a significant feature of leadership requires approaches that people will use for a long-term profit, they tend to work with the same problems continuously.
Step 5: Alternative Options
You have to approach just about any subject and have more ideas than you first learned of. It’s also wise to compile a list of possible solutions that you and your team can review and decide which one is appropriate for the specific problem. List those options at your fingertips based on performance, risk, long-term advantage, and resources. Carefully check each of these solutions, and determine what you think is the right solution to this problem.
Step 6: Implement the Solution
The system you intend to introduce will require an ambitious timeline to be drawn up. Often that can mean planning what’s next if something goes wrong with the answer, or something that doesn’t work the way you worked it out. Execution ensures that everyone within the company knows and recognizes their position in making the solution work, that deadlines for execution are in place, and that you have a mechanism to determine whether the solution has solved the problem or not.
Step 7: Measure the Results
Ensure that the results of the implementation strategy are tracked and checked in Step 6, so you can answer questions such as: Will it work? Was it simply a reasonable solution? Should we know something that we can add to other possible issues here in the application?
These 7 steps to problem-solving will help make the company more successful and effective. You should become more familiar with these moves when you practice this and improve your abilities before you use them without learning and solving problems!
Lydia Keith started at Recycle Technologies after the company was purchased in March of 2020. Her organizational skills, ability to learn quickly, and familiarity with government requirements and guidelines will be immeasurably beneficial to Recycle Technologies and its path forward in the changing and growing world of recycling.