Our reader poll today asks: How structured is your approach to problem-solving?
- Very – we have clearly defined steps and output at each step: 19.5%
- Kind of – we generally follow a repeatable problem solving process: 50.5%
- Not very – our problem solving is a bit haphazard: 21.5%
- Not at all – we never solve problems the same way twice: 8.5%
A weak structure means weak solutions. Problem-solving is a repeatable process with predictable end products for most common problems. A structured approach to problem-solving ensures you fully understand the problem and are comprehensive in your search for solutions. The structured approach is also efficient. If you can be hypothesis-based in your problem solving and focus on the highest opportunity solutions, you can save a lot of time by not chasing small ideas. For the 30% of you not solving problems with a structured approach, give structure a try. You might find you’ll come up with bigger and better solutions faster than ever before.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.