problem solvingThe problem with problem solving is that it is focused to taking action to make something go away, e.g. the problem. While this is all well and good, it is not enough. Eradicating a problem does not automatically mean theta the desired result is achieved, it simply means that an obstacle has been removed. It is vital to keep the emphasis on the desired outcome, not fall into the trap of making solving the problem itself the Holy Grail, the end all, be all.

“As distinguished, solving a problem does not by design lead to a creation. Creating is taking action to bring into being that which does not yet exist: the desired outcome.”   — Wikipedia

True, this is a subtle distinction but an important one. An exclusive focus on problem-solving (versus creating a given outcome) can limit accomplishment. As a minimum, focusing exclusively on problem solving as the path to success restricts your focus. Sometimes the greatest progress can come from going around, over, under or thru the problem rather than eliminating it, perhaps even striking off the straight path or redefining the problem or even the goal. Too often we fixate on a given solution, losing sight of other options, too narrowly defining what would be an acceptable outcome.

Closing quotes:

“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”  — Peter Drucker; 1909-2005,  “Men, Ideas & Politics”

“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself —so always think positively.”  — Norman Vincent Peale; 1898-1993, “The Power of Positive Thinking”

“Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path.”  — Andy Stanley; 1958–