Problem-solving is a key skill in economic development, where professionals must find solutions to complex issues affecting entire communities. Sometimes though, a problem may seem almost too enormous to tackle.
While there are many approaches to problem-solving, I have a three-step process that I find particularly effective. Maybe you will too.
This process involves focusing on the problem, taking a break from it, and experiencing a breakthrough leading to a solution.
The first step in this process is focusing on the problem. This involves dedicating several hours of concentrated effort to understanding the issue and exploring potential solutions. It is important to remain focused during this phase, setting aside distractions and approaching the problem with a clear mind. This stage can be frustrating, but it is an essential part of the process.