It’s Time To Work On Those Problem-Solving Skills
As a creative in business, there is so much you need to balance on a daily basis. And sometimes, not everything goes according to plan. Just like in your own life, things happen in business which are totally out of your control, and it is up to you to try to solve those issues. Being able to problem-solve is a skill. It’s not a hard skill such as knowing how to paint or draw, but a soft skill which makes navigating life easier.
Your ability to solve problems, while a definite skill, needs to become a habit. If you are ready for whatever comes your way, then empowerment will follow. Being confident in the face of a situation and being able to navigate a solution, while avoiding a meltdown, is an admirable and sometimes necessary trait.
As a business owner, you cannot stop problems from occurring. Your clients, however, will not be so concerned with the fact that something went wrong but rather how you went about solving the issue. They are relying on your knowledge to guide them through regardless of your experience or background.
This simple four-step process will cut through the clutter. It is too easy to let the problem overwhelm you. Be systematic in your approach, so you don’t miss out on any of the details.
1. Determine the problem
Break it down so you have a better understanding of it. What caused the situation in the first place? Think about how the problem affects everyone. Examine it from all angles. You need to have a clear picture of the issue before you can even begin to set about solving it. Are there any impediments or barriers? Is it a time sensitive issue?
2. Brainstorm some solutions
It is time to evaluate a variety of courses to solve the problem. There may be more than one way to go about it. Which solutions are the most efficient? Seek advice from others if necessary to ensure that nothing gets overlooked. Brainstorming solutions can often be a useful tactic.
3. Make a decision
It is time to narrow down your options to determine which is the best course of action. Offering too many solutions can sometimes exacerbate the situation and confuse everyone. After careful analysis, the best course of action will become clear.
4. Implement an action plan
Determine an easy to follow plan. If necessary, write it down step-by-step, so nothing is missed. A definitive plan will ensure that active steps are being taken to resolve it without fail. Once everyone is on board and understands the situation, it is time to implement your plan.
Each time you face a situation head-on and solve it to completion, the easier it is to do it again and again. It can be likened to exercising a muscle on a regular basis. The more you do it, the better your analysis skills will become and the more your reputation will improve.
Remember, there is nothing wrong with seeking advice from others. We all need guidance from time to time, and a third party may offer insight that you may not have considered in the brainstorming phase.
Adopting a problem-solving mindset will allow you to grow and develop as a business owner. And, as with anything, practice makes perfect.