Sometimes regardless of how smart you are, you end up stuck in a situation with a big problem in hand and no clue how to solve it. However, solving a problem doesn’t have to be that hard, you just need to learn the right steps to follow to solve your problem more efficiently.
One of the most successful problem solving methods is Kepner Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making Method. According to that method, there’re four steps that you need to follow:
1-Situation-analysis. In this step you need to analyze the problem’s situation reflecting on the big picture and understanding what exactly happened.
2-Problem analysis. In here, you need to think about the reason behind the problem and why the problem happened in the first place connecting between the cause and the result.
3-Decision analysis. In this steps after analyzing the situation and the problem, you need to stop and ask yourself; How should I react to this? You need to consider your decisions and settle on the best one that you think will solve this problem.
4-Potential Problem analysis. In the final step and after settling on your decision, you need to think about the impact of this decision. Try to anticipate if this decision will result in any future problems or not and how could you prevent these potential problems.
To sum up, problems are inevitable, and they’re bound to happen, so no need to panic and you just need to think it through, follow these steps and you’ll find an efficient solution to any problem that you come across.