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How to increase ideation and become an effective problem solver

Problem solver
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Problem solvers love to find a good problem that activates their imagination and critical thinking skills to discover a solution. The process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues drives them to action.

They are good at identifying the issue, clarifying the problem, considering all possible solutions, evaluating the options and then selecting the most appropriate one when considering all stakeholders. Project managers excel at problem-solving in this manner, including evaluation and monitoring after the problem is solved.

Problem solvers may be both analytical and creative, and are prone to order, compare, and analyse. They are times divergent - considering a large range of ideas, and also integrative - integrating opposing ideas, in their problem-solving.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are motivated by problem-solving and like a good challenge or problem to focus on. You are highly satisfied when you reach a solution and can support your decision-making process.

What does a lower score mean?

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You like to implement solutions than to think of them and are likely not one to do detailed analysis and consideration of the problem, preferring to do what is tried and true or implement other decisions.

To nurture your Passion:

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Identify the root cause of the problem and try to remain objective while you list all the considerations for a problem. Break down the silos and try to divergent in considering a large number of ideas, then narrow it down to an integrative solution. Translate your decision making into action for the team.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you able to identify the issue?
  • Are there open-minded people you can bring into the process?
  • Can you remain objective when considering all possible solutions?
  • Do you let ego get in the way of considering others ideas?
  • Have you considered reverse engineering the solution?
  • Do you consider all stakeholders and attempt to break down silos?
  • Do you evaluate the solutions before making a decision?
  • Are you able to create action from your solution?


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