I’m not trying to get down with the kids (innit), I’m describing an approach to problems. Some people call them challenges, whatever you call them, we all have them. Solving them can sometimes be technically challenging, fun or stressful.
Working within a Japanese business for over 15 years, I never cease to be impressed by the way they approach problems. Everything is always de-constructed, rigorously reviewed, all potential outcomes are scrutinised and the best possible solution applied. You could call it an art or a science, either way, it’s impressive to see. The core element is that the problem is always broken down into constituent parts such as what elements are in their control or outside of their control, problem analysis is used to identify the best approach, problem by problem.
Which approach you use depends on the complexity of your problem plus the speed and resources required, potential impact on your business model amongst many things. Over the years, I’ve witnessed BIG problems get solved by creativity, logic or just sheer effort. The main thing is not to be daunted by problems. If you’re not being presented with problems regularly, you may not be trying hard enough. You might not be pushing your barriers as far as they could go. Your potential may not be fully realised. Growing businesses embrace problems, tackle them, solve them and move on.