Feeling stuck finding a solution? Maybe the problem isn’t solving the problem but rather defining it. With a clear diagnosis of the problem, it’s possible to find more creative and effective solutions. Learn how to reframe your problem in this Harvard Business Review Article by author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, author of Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life.
What You’ll Learn
After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:
- Realize that diagnosing the problem is key to solving it
- Know how to reframe any problem you face
- Apply the seven practices to reframing a problem
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After reading the article, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.
- Think of a current problem in your life that needs solving. Apply the seven practices to reframe the problem. Reflect on the results.
Here’s more to spark your thinking on this topic:
Check out the following HBR articles on problem solving and decision making. Please note: There is a limit of viewing 4 online articles per month at Harvard Business Review without a paid subscription. If you click on the link to this article, it will count toward your limit.
- “The Hidden Traps in Decision Making“
- “The Elements of Good Judgement“
- “Who Has the D?: How Clear Decision Roles Enhance Organizational Performance“
- “Deciding How to Decide“
- “Why New Leaders Should Make Decisions Slowly“
- “A Short Guide to Building Your Team’s Critical Thinking Skills“
- “Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together“
- “Why It’s OK to Trust Your Gut on a Big Decision“
- “3 Simple Habits to Improve Your Critical Thinking“
- “A Good Meeting Needs a Clear Decision-Making Process“
- “How to Act Quickly Without Sacrificing Critical Thinking“