problem-solving-puzzleSomeone told me once “If you have a problem, and you can see the hairs in its nostrils, you are too close. Back off!”

What problem are you holding too close? So close that you can no longer see the edges?

Every problem has edges, and you need to see outside those boundaries in order to find a solution. Almost by definition, the solution to a problem is outside the problem boundaries, not inside.

What problem are you holding so close that you can’t see outside the problem where the solutions are?

How can you put the problem ‘over there’ so that you can step back and see the bigger picture?

Maybe imagine how a stranger would see it.

Maybe imagine how it will look from a few years in the future.

Maybe imagine it is someone else’s problem and you are just looking at it out of curiosity.

Maybe figure out what type of problem it is to put it in perspective.
Here are some problem types.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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