Good problem solvers are good thinkers. They understand that I am strong, I can fight everywhere is not wisdom, but wisdom stays calm to achieve. They don’t get overly emotional when faced with a problem and they don’t let people push them around. They see problems as life experiences and try to stand above them with a positive mind-set. They focus on finding the right solution rather than wanting to prove they are right at all costs. Good problem solvers make efforts not to harm others for a self-interest intention because they understand that such acts will have long term consequences. They know that building a wall can be a hindrance for them to cross over, but building a bridge will help them to cross over in future. Above all, they see problem as challenges and challenges as a lecturer or coach.
I once read a story about five wise men that got lost in the forest.
*The first one said:
– I will go left – my intuition tells me that.
*The second one said:
– I will go right – there is a reason why right comes from the word rightness.
*The third one said:
– I will go back – we came from there, it means I will go out from the forest.
*The fourth one said:
– I will go straight – we should move forward, the forest will end and something new will open.
*The fifth said:
– You are all wrong. There is a better solution. Wait for me.
He found the tallest tree and climbed on it. While he was climbing everyone else scattered towards their own sides. From above he saw where they should go to leave the forest faster. Now he could even see in what order the other wise men will reach the end of the forest. He climbed higher and saw the shortest way. He understood the problem and found the best solution! He knew that he did everything right. And the others were wrong. They were stubborn and they didn’t listen to him. He was the real Wise Man!
Creative people enjoy living in a world that is filled with unanswered questions, but trouble makers are irresponsible to take responsibility:
Personality traits that define troublemakers include recklessness, rule breaking, over-sensitivity, and irresponsibility, obstinate questioning of established norms and navel-gazing simplicity (defined as a single-minded focus on their own point of view). Troublemakers tend to approach the world in a naïve way that is not shaped by common sense. The obvious order and rules that have sustained our community for generations and give a comfortable structure to life often are not perceived by troublemakers, who always want to change things that work just fine the way they are. Troublemakers live in a fantasy world that snubs traditional values and blurs important boundaries.
The Result of Bad Problem Solving
Most people understand the basic notion that when problems don’t get solved, value is lost—value to your business and life, and to society. These problems are legion. They affect our health and safety, our happiness. If you think of the toughest problems the world needs to solve, or your business needs to solve, I’m sure you’ll come up with many of them. And you’ll have a very clear understanding that solving these could make a huge difference.
These problems persist simply because we’re not solving them. However, bad problem solving is far more nefarious. Bad problem solving means poor solutions—solutions that are wasteful, painful, or make things even worse than the problem. You may know this proverb, “the medicine is worse than the disease.” Think of examples where a famous business or large government has thrown massive amounts of resources at a problem without a real strategy. Or when a major asset wasn’t working, and instead of solving the root cause of the problem, the organization just bought a new one and hurt its debt position.
Such bad problem solving is worse than the problems themselves for two reasons. First, when a problem is badly solved, people stop trying to come up with a better solution. They may have fooled themselves into thinking they had a good solution or decided the bad solution was “good enough” or even realized that by “solving” the problem, they lost political permission to keep working on it. So unlike an unsolved problem, a bad solution is something you’re likely to be stuck with.
The second issue is that we begin to believe these bad solutions are all that is possible. It’s so common for people to work around an issue, patch it, throw money at it, or learn to live with it, that if we are not vigilant, we will begin to believe this is just a harsh reality we must accept. Through their lives, many people will just lower their expectations about what’s possible. They’ll stop trying so hard to come up with great solutions to the world’s hardest problems because they’ve been taught by example that it can’t be done.
Problem solving isn’t just about responding to (and fixing) the environment that exists today. It is also about innovating, creating new things and changing the environment to be more desirable. Problem-solving enables us to identify and exploit opportunities in the environment and exert (some level of) control over the future.
Finally, Problem solving skills and the problem-solving process are a critical part of daily life both as individuals and organizations. Developing and refining these skills through training, practice and learning can provide the ability to solve problems more effectively and over time address problems with a greater degree of complexity and difficulty
Everything is possible minus nothing