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5 Solution Generating Tactics

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Every single day you are going to run into problems or issues that you have no idea how to solve. There are going to be times when you feel like those problems or issues will not be solved. From my experience, I have come across work colleagues who complain constantly that there are problems going on and they feel like they are being treated unfairly or some injustice is going on and they talk about that issue constantly and go back and forth with others in that same realm. They are focused more on the problem at hand rather than trying to come up with any solutions to make things better. The problem is not the problem itself but how the problem is handled by the person who needs to handle it. Every once in a while, the problem is us and we just need to take a step back from the issue and give ourselves some time to think on it so we can realize that we ourselves are the ones that need to change. However, with that being said let me share with you five solution generating tactics to help you or your organization solve your problems. 

 

1.      K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid)

2.      Put all Options on the table

3.      Take Risks

4.      Bounce Your Ideas off people you do not know.

5.      Have Fun

 

K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid)

Remember not to overcomplicate things. More often than not it is the simplest of solutions that is going to help solve your problem whatever it may be. The nature of human beings is to over complicate things and make them more difficult than they really have to be. No matter what your situation or what issue you may be facing keep the KISS acronym at the very forefront of your mind which as you read above stands for Keep it Simple Stupid. If you feel that your solution could be too much and over doing it you are probably right but remember if it is simple for you then go ahead and try it and see if it works.

 

Put all options on the table

I do not care how crazy the solution might sound I always highly recommend that you put all options on the table. When we limit ourselves to only a few we are discounting other things that may even work better or even have some solutions that can be combined.

 

Take Risks

There are going to be those who say that some things cannot be done. There will be those who are going to tell you it can all be done. That, of course, is not up for anybody to decide, except for yourself and for those involved in the solution. Do not be afraid to take risks when you are making those decisions.  The best solutions come I have experienced come from taking those risks and just going for it. If one does not work then I work on another one and another one until I come to find the ultimate solution for each given problem. 

 

Bounce Your Ideas off people you do not know

After you have been doing some brainstorming take those ideas to people that you do not know. You want to get an unbiased opinion and from my experience someone who is not close to you or has connections to you will tell you the truth rather than just tell you what you want to hear. In an organization, you can do this with your customers by sending out surveys they can take. One thing to keep in mind with that is you are not going to make everyone happy so stick with what you believe but don’t jip yourself or your customers. Be real with yourself and them.

 

Have Fun

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Don’t be afraid to try and see the humor in your situation or the issue at hand. Just because you are all grown up does not mean you can no longer be silly or have a good time. If you think that making a game or a contest or something of that nature is going to help you get a solution to a problem, then take the time and go for it. For me personally I know that when I get too serious about my problems I cannot see two feet in front of me. Having some good ole fashioned fun can shed some light on a situation and move things along a bit faster. If you do not remember anything else, then remember to have fun.

 

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