Saturday, July 30, 2022


Insightful problem-solvers decode complexity by taking multipath logic from technological, anthropological, psychological, philosophical angles; make things simple, elegant, and purposeful.

Problem-solving today has a very wide scope, intricate factors and dynamic circumstances. There is logic behind any problem. Problem-solving includes both framing the right problem and solving it in the right way. 

The more complex the problem is, the more important it is to diagnose the root cause, scrutinize logical thought processes, and problem-solving scenarios. Solve problems really matter and solve them in the right way.

Leverage multiple logic to perceive the right problems: A solution is nothing if the problem is not perceived comprehensively. Many complex problems are usually difficult to define, indeed, part of the difficulty is that there is a mixed bag of good information and misinformation; diverse groups of people perceive problems differently; or the problem-solving process is outdated due to silo or cultural friction.

To frame the right problem, it’s important to improve information quality, separate the exploration phase from the “decision-making phase” as the logic being applied is inherently different and mixing the two will cause confusion. The more complex the situation is, the more important it is to apply multidimensional thought processes, take an interdisciplinary approach to see underneath the symptoms and dig into root causes of the problem.

List the possible solution alternatives to be adopted: Most decisions on problem-solving are based on ‘logic.’ However, the linear logic should be updated as you need to consider the emergent events and dynamic circumstances. It is important to apply deep thinking and interdisciplinary knowledge to complex problem-solving. Cognitively, human thought is characterized by expansion in multiple directions, rather than in one direction, and based on the concept that there are multiple starting points from which one can apply logic to problem-solving.

For example, critical thinking includes many other thinking processes such as analysis, synthesis, creative thinking, strategic thinking, holistic thinking, etc. To scrutinize problem-solving logic and be an insightful problem-solver, an individual's critical thinking skills, creative mentality, structural understanding, technical “know-how,” proactive attitudes and the right dose of confidence are all valid within the context of their problem-solving competency. For every problem, list the possible alternative solutions. You have logic to see which creative solution works best to solve the problem more effectively.

Complex problem-solving evolves both detail and the big picture, applying integral logic to deal with chains of issues:
Nowadays, problem-solving today has a very wide scope, needs to leverage both analysis and synthesis, take an interdisciplinary approach to break down the over-complex problems into smaller issues which can be handled smoothly. Then, integrate those different pieces into a holistic solution without causing more issues.

Business leaders, especially at the senior level, should take a holistic view, apply nonlinear logic, cross-disciplinary expertise, the right dose of gut feelings for deciding cohesively and dealing with chains of issues in a structural way. It’s important to become more people-centric, focus on creating value for customers in every step, develop strong "thought logic" or "behavioral value chain" between the inputs - intermediate steps - outcomes.

We all have power within, to think, learn and expand our knowledge and improve cognitive ability and problem-solving competency; choice is ours. Insightful problem-solvers decode complexity by taking multipath logic from technological, anthropological, psychological, philosophical angles; make things simple, elegant, and purposeful. They set effective principles, guidelines, processes and procedures to enhance an iterative cycle of problem-prediction, problem-framing, problem-solving continuum.


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