Strategic Problem Solving: Idea Management Strategies
Many factors affect
your life and business. Strategic
problem solving focuses on the most important ones – the key drivers and
their interdependence. Ideas can be all over the place.
To develop ideas
efficiently, you need a strategy that addresses the identified problem.
The Strategic Problem Solving process has five
structuring the problem;
defining the desired result,
constraints and strategy;
gathering data and analyzing it;
ideas to develop recommendations; and
gaining organizational buy-in.
The ideas you want to develop should flow from
the strategies you identify to achieve the objectives. Objective is what you
want to achieve. Strategy is how you propose to achieve the objective. Such
strategic alignment defines which
domains to explore and which ones to avoid.
Problem Solving: Reframing
Strategic Problem Solving Lessons from McKinsey
During the problem-solving process, you learn
something new every day.
Put it down on paper. It will help you push
your thinking. You may use it, or you may not, but once you have
crystallized it on the page, you won’t forget it.
Every now and then, take a mental step back from whatever you’re doing. Ask
yourself some basic questions:
How does what you’re doing solve the problems?
How does it advance your thinking?
Is it the most important thing you could be doing right now?
If it’s not helping, why are you doing it?
Pluck the Low-hanging Fruit
Sometimes in the middle of the problem-solving
process, opportunities arise to get an easy win, to make immediate
improvements, even before the overall problem has been solved.
Seize those opportunities! They create little
victories for you and your
team. They boost morale and give you
added credibility by showing anybody who may be watching that you’re on the
ball and mean business.