Turn Off The Blender!

Has problem-solving ever felt as if you are stuck in a never-ending blender?  That’s how Janice felt in dealing with issues in her business.  She would get lost in a Google black hole digging for ideas and solutions.  “There comes a point where you’re just wasting time and running in circles.”   

Her frustration led her to emulate an effective technique created by a local clinic: creating an Escalation and Action Team.  When confronted with a difficult problem, they utilized the team experienced in problem solving techniques.

Janice hired the head of the clinic team to help her employees learn the importance of:

  • Communication and transparency.  Information must be fully shared, and everyone has to be on the same page.
  • Identifying the problem.  Janice thought they knew what their problems were, but when team members kept asking “Why?”, they discovered the problem was different than originally thought.
  • Solving the problem. This requires getting to the bottom of the cause; why did this happen?
  • Setting a resolution date, thus focusing effort and creating sense of urgency.  Janice remarked that it made the “blender stop spinning”.
  • Specifying the desired outcome.

Janice and her team are solving problems more efficiently these days.  Effective problem solving is doable when you involve others.

 The road is easier together,

 

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