This quiz helps you assess your current approach to problem solving.
By improving this, you'll make better overall decisions.
As part of an effective problem-solving process, you need to look actively for problems – even when things seem to be running fine. Now that you understand the problem, define it clearly and completely.
Proactive problem solving helps you avoid emergencies and allows you to be calm and in control when issues arise. Writing a clear problem definition forces you to establish specific boundaries for the problem.
Or have you found yourself fixing just the symptoms of a problem, only for the situation to get much worse?
To be an effective problem-solver, you need to be systematic and logical in your approach.Because you approach problems systematically, you cover the essentials each time – and your decisions are well though out, well planned, and well executed.You can continue to perfect your problem-solving skills and use them for continuous improvement initiatives within your organization.In fact, it's simply the start of the next phase in problem solving: implementation. If you haven't already developed a full Risk Analysis in the evaluation phase, do so now.It's important to know what to be prepared for as you begin to roll out your proposed solution.You want to be able to see it from as many perspectives as possible.Looking for patterns or common elements in different parts of the problem can sometimes help. By taking the time to generate a range of creative solutions to the problem, you'll significantly increase the likelihood that you'll find the best possible solution, not just a semi-adequate one.Cause and Effect Analysis is another good tool to use here, as it helps you think about the many different factors that can contribute to a problem.This helps you separate the symptoms of a problem from its fundamental causes.And as you increase your confidence with solving problems, you'll be less likely to rush to the first solution – which may not necessarily be the best one.Once you've completed the quiz, we'll direct you to tools and resources that can help you make the most of your problem-solving skills.