Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Monthly “Problem-Solving Master” Book Tuning: A Set of “How”s to Frame & Solve Right Problems Nov. 2019

The deeper you understand the problem, the easier you could frame the problem, and the better chance you could solve it effectively. 

The purpose of Problem-Solving Master - Frame Problems Systematically and Solve Problems Creatively is to throw some light on how to understand, frame, and solve today’s multilayer, interdependent, and over-complex business problems effortlessly. Digital leaders and professionals should self-aware of their role in problems, show professional maturity, and develop a good reputation as the problem-solver.

           A Set of “How”s to Frame & Solve Right Problems 

How to Build a Good Reputation for Problem Solving Fundamentally, every job is to deal with problems big or small both from the long-term perspective or on a daily basis. We all develop reputations - for being problem creators, problem definers or problem solvers. Sometimes, even if you intend to solve problems but perhaps causes more serious problems later on. So it's important to observe the problem-solving scenarios and ask yourself the sets of questions such as, how do you discover the part you played in the problem/challenge? Which thought processes shall you leverage to diagnose problems and solve them? What is the best way to handle a problem that seems to have no solution?" How to build a good reputation on problem-solving?

How to Apply Creativity to Frame and Solve the Right problem? If the very purpose of business is to create customers, then, the big challenge for business’s survival and blossom is how to solve business problems systematically and skillfully. More critically, how to apply creativity to frame the right problem and solve it right is a fundamental capability to grow as a Digital Master?

How to Apply System Thinking to Shape Right Questions or frame Right Problems We live in the world with all sorts of problems, even though we understand all different forms of thinking, the problems facing the planet don't seem to be reducing. Many problems exist because they are either ill-defined or the concept cannot be adequately captured contextually. Trying to fix the wrong cause of a problem will waste time and resources, increase anxiety and even cause chaos. Therefore, the deeper you understand the problem, the easier you could frame the problem, and the better chance you could solve it effectively. But more specifically, how to discover what is the heart of the problem?

How to Shift from a "Finger Pointing" to a Problem Solving Culture Businesses "fail" for a multitude of reasons including economic conditions, vendor management, performance or production, industry regulations, expansion costs and the list goes on. Look at the primary causes behind the fall of the business. So which failure are you talking about here? Is it a functional failure? Or a major capital project failure? Is it the strategic organizational level failure or governance mistakes? What are the parameters of failure to you? Is it poor financial planning and management or low quality of product and services or strained employee relationship, or ineffective marketing channels and communications, or disconnects in operational practices? What type of organization are you talking about?

How to Dig Through the Root Causes of Complex Problems The digital business world becomes hyper-connected and interdependent, the problems facing business also turn to be over-complex and difficult to solve, how do you identify the root cause of a problem at work and effectively address it?

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