In a recent workshop, the presenter shared with attendees a great principle for getting ahead. Don't just identify problems for your company or your boss. Solve the problem. Great advice, but usually not easy to do :-)
From my experience in R&D, here's a process that I've seen successful problem solvers use:
- Define the problem. The first step is to define the problem in a way to maximize the possibility of a good solution. Too often the problem is defined too narrowly or already with a specific solution in mind.
- Do research and get knowledgeable input for ideas. Often a solution or variation a solution already exists. Rather than create a solution from scratch, investigate what's been done before from reputable resources.
- Evaluate options. Look at the pros and cons of each idea and identify the ones with the highest probability to work.
- Choose an approach and test. Do a small experiment to test the selected solution. If it works, go to the next step. If it doesn't work, try the next solution.
- Expand. Once a solution demonstrates success, roll it out to the rest of the organization.
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