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Tips for Challenging Assumptions and Creative Problem Solving


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Challenge assumptions! Neither a thing is right because you do it nor a method is good because you use it. "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so," said Mark Twain. Everything can and should be improved – keep looking for improvement and innovation opportunities!

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Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.

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"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream."

~ Malcolm Muggeridge

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Sometimes you may be blind to a problem that doesn't let you achieve more.

Dealing with this type of hidden problems requires challenging assumptions, asking “Why?” and “What if?” questions, benchmarking, and cross-pollination of ideas.



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Solve a problem and you'll be successful for a day. Become a Great Problem Solver and you'll be successful for your lifetime!

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How To Spot a Problem

To spot a problem, adopt the Beginner's Mind. Play a child or an external observer. Pretend you are a complete outsider and ask questions like 'Why do you do it this way at all?'

Use the '5-Why' technique to discover the route cause of the problem.

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Tips for Challenging Assumptions and
Creative Problem Solving (CPS)





"A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things." ~ Grace Hopper




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Take Perceptions Into Account

"We see things not as they are, but as we are." ~ Henry Tomlison

A situation perceived is not the reality. Recognize that you and everyone else have ingrained assumptions about every situation. Check your assumptions.




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Play a Child: ask plenty of 'Why?', 'Why Not?" and 'What If?' questions in order to discover different perceptions and assumptions and challenge them.

Imagine the Opposite: consider what the experts advise and then consider doing the opposite.



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Reframing is a powerful NLP technique to solve problems.

Engage all your senses; and restate the problem in different terms.

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"He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that." ~ John Stuart Mill.





Consider an issue from many different angles to gain a holistic view of of the problem to be addressed. It was by taking a different view of a traditional business that major


were achieved.

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Unpackage the problem to understand it better and solve easier. Reduce a situation to its simplest components in order to take it out of your environment.

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