Becoming Better At Problem Solving
Encountering problems at work is something that cannot be avoided. Some people are wrong to think that they will not have problems if everything is going well in the team or in the company. Problems, issues, and concerns are all normal in daily life. Instead of trying to avoid then, what you should do is to strive to become better and managing and solving problems.
Having critical thinking skills is key to becoming better at problem solving. Think of it this way. Without critical thinking, you will simply approach problems without a definite aim. Your tendency will be to come up with solutions based on what you see on the surface. In other words, it does not address the real problem. It might offer a short-term or immediate solution, but it does not effectively solve the actual cause of the issue.
With critical thinking and problem solving, you look at a problem from different perspectives. You consider the different aspects of the problem. When you’re faced with a problem or when you’re tasked to handle an issue, you don’t just simply start writing down solutions right away. Instead, what you do is this. You think of what you want to achieve. It is important to be clear and specific about the end results that you want to have. Another thing that you also need to figure out is how you’re going to measure your success. Once the end result and success indicators are clear to you, then you proceed to looking at the root cause of the problem.
If it’s a complex problem, you might need to break down the process. Analyze each step and see where the problem started to exist or develop. Determining the real cause of the problem is not always an easy task. You will not get an answer right away. Note that it is important to be thorough in this step. You need to be carefully in evaluating each aspect so you can objectively identify the root cause that you need to address.
Moving on, the next thing you need to do is to come up with potential solutions. Don’t worry about coming up with the perfect plan. You’re allowed to think of as many solutions as you can. This step will be followed by an evaluation where you and your team determine the best solution to implement. In this stage, you will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each potential solution. Keep in mind that you also have to evaluate the possible risks that they may involve.
When you think about it, developing critical thinking skills is not that complicated as it seems. It may involve a lot of stages but once you get the hang of it, solving problems in a logical way will come easy for you.