To solve problems is hard. Running from problems makes life even harder. It is more practical to continuously adapt yourself to situations and look for ways to make problems obsolete.
What are the ways to make problems obsolete?
Making problems obsolete means approaching problems in new, innovative ways; conceptualizing problems differently; and understanding your position in relation to any particular situation in a way you’d never thought of before.
BECOME AN EXPERT AT BENCHMARKING
Be exposed to a lot of variety that you unconsciously, or consciously, compare – different products, behaviors, social rules and attitudes.
LEARN TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD
Travel abroad and you will be able to mix and match different cultures to reinvent yourself building a hybrid culture.
RELY ON YOUR NETWORK OF CONTACTS
Surround yourself with other interesting people who have traveled, acquired crazy stories, tried bizarre food, played extreme sports and listened to obscure music. Build a wide and diversified network of followers (people from different countries and different industries) and learn to manage it. Blogging is a powerful way to learn on your own and to create a global wisdom.
DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE TO UNCOVER GOOD IN THE BAD
People tend to feel embarrassed easily with something that is hard to achieve or seems to be wrong. Make yourself driven with affirmation and positive determination. Develop a habit to see good features first.
USE A SCAMPER METHOD FOR MORE MANIPULATION
By substituting, combining, adapting, magnifying (modifying), putting to other uses, eliminating, rearranging scenarios, approaches, formats, materials, ideas, purposes, contexts, features, behaviors you will immediately notice how flexible you become.
PRACTICE THINKING OUT OF THE BOX
Thinking out of the box starts well before we’re “boxed in” – that is, well before we confront a unique situation and start forcing it into a familiar “box” that we already know how to deal with. For this, spot the rules in place, and make them irrelevant by starting your own game with your new rules.
Every day make steps towards your goals. Even if your step is tiny, consistency is key here. It is crucial on a daily basis to convert ideas into practical steps and launch new projects.
Nobody is perfect. Success is built on the ability to learn on the way, admitting mistakes and correcting them fast.
To practice and acquire the soft skill of making problems obsolete, come and play the Freshbiz game with us or order the session for your company or organization.
— Marina Belskikh, founder of International Business Development Alliance