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Three Effective Ways to Solve Problems

leadershipHave you ever been stumped? You know, you’re presented with a problem (or maybe it just hits you squarely between the eyes and you didn’t see it coming).

You’re under tremendous amounts of pressure and in the midst of countless deliverables it may be hard to think coherently.

Thanks to our friends at Forbes, they outlined a few effective and efficient ways to solve problems.

1.  Transparent communication. In order to truly solve a problem, as a leader you’ll need to be transparent in your communication.

Glenn Lopis writes in the piece, “Yes, communication is a fundamental necessity. Effective communication towards problem solving happens because of a leader’s ability to facilitate an open dialogue between people who trust her intentions and feel that they are in a safe environment to share why they believe the problem happened as well as specific solutions.”

2.  Non-existent silos. Speaking openly also creates an opportunity for collaboration and breaking down silos. Lopis points out the root cause of many workplace problems can be traced to organizational silos.

He explains, “This is why today’s new workplace must embrace an entrepreneurial spirit where employees can freely navigate and cross-collaborate to connect the problem solving dots; where everyone can be a passionate explorer who knows their own workplace dot and its intersections.”

3.  Open-minded people. Here’s the kicker: Having open communication and breaking down silos can truly only happen when people are open-minded.

Lopis says in his blog post, “In the end, problem solving is about people working together to make the organization and the people it serves better. Therefore, if you are stuck working with people that are closed-minded, effective problem solving becomes a long and winding road of misery.”

There are countless benefits to surrounding yourself with open-minded people but we know this isn’t an ideal world; sometimes you’re stuck with those close-minded folks! Overall, open-minded people are able to see beyond specific details in front of them. They see the big picture and “view risk as their best friend.”

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