Along the way, experts weigh in on the importance of problem solving, and offer tips and tricks.
Problem solving is the process of working through every aspect of an issue or challenge to reach a solution.
Examine your list of possible strategies from section 2, and choose the one that seems to fit best for the problem at hand.
Work the strategy, which you chose in step 3 and determine whether your team found the cause. Measure the process outputs, and if the problem has gone, you are done!
“Problems and conflicts occur in all groups and teams in the workplace, but if leaders involve everyone in working through, they will foster cohesion, engagement, and buy in.
Everybody wins.” Although problem solving techniques vary procedurally, experts agree that the first step in solving a problem is defining the problem.
In recent years, however, there has been a rise in psychology-driven problem solving techniques, especially for the workplace.
In fact, the psychology of how people solve problems is now studied formally in academic disciplines such as psychology and cognitive science.
Joe Carella is the Assistant Dean for Executive Education at the University of Arizona.
Joe has over 20 years of experience in helping executives and corporations in managing change and developing successful business strategies.