Strong problem-solving skills are crucial in business. If you don’t have the ability to step back, assess the various causes and outcomes of a situation, and identify the right path forward, you and your team will be in a regular state of crisis.
To help you better handle the inevitable roadblocks every leader and entrepreneur faces, we asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members to share their best advice on honing your problem-solving skills. Here’s what they said:
1. Reflect on Your Worst Times
Problem-solving is something we all deal with on a daily basis. However, we all handle our problems differently. In order to solve your own problems and teach others to do the same, you must reflect on your worst times and the processes you followed to get out of them. Take notes so you can reverse-engineer your actions and apply them to other situations.
— Zac Johnson, Blogger
2. Always Be a Student
As we reach certain accomplishments and gain credibility, our egos might get the best of us. One piece of advice for all thought leaders is to continuously learn from others. We have to be open-minded. Just because we are successful doesn’t mean we have no room for improvement. We don’t and won’t ever know it all. To hone our skills, we must be forever students.
— Fritz Colcol, ABN Circle
3. Exercise Creativity Like a Muscle
You can exercise your creativity regularly to get better at problem-solving. It’s like a muscle — the more you work it, the stronger it gets.
Some helpful, free ways to train your creativity are writing, doodling, and brainstorming. It’s important to allow yourself to express any idea no matter how absurd it seems. Once you’ve come up with more answers than you need, you can whittle the list down to the most useful one. Read more here…