I was thinking about how I solve problems, and I realized that I often ask three questions. I thought I would share them with you.
What’s the next step?
I use this a lot on myself (grin), and in coaching. This question is useful when you think you’re stuck. You can almost always take one more step. I also use it when I’m exhausted and say, “Just one more step.”
What else could I do?
This often prompts me to use the Rule of Three to generate some options. How else can I see this problem, to turn it sideways, upside down, or some other way?
Third question is about going meta:
If I knew what the answer was, what would it be?
That gets me thinking in some other direction, differently than the Rule of Three.
Problem solving is often non-linear. I use these tools often. I thought you might like them to help break the constraints of typical problem solving.
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