Make a Chart Every Day

During the problem-solving process, you learn something new every day. Put it down on paper. It will help you push your thinking. You may use it, or you may not, but once you have crystallized it on the page, you wonít forget it.



Pluck the Low-hanging Fruit

Sometimes in the middle of the problem-solving process, opportunities arise to get an easy win, to make immediate improvements, even before the overall problem has been solved.

Seize those opportunities! They create little victories for you and your team. They boost morale and give you added credibility by showing anybody who may be watching that youíre on the ball and mean business.

Look at the Big Picture

Every now and then, take a mental step back from whatever youíre doing. Ask yourself some basic questions:

  • How does what youíre doing solve the problems?

  • How does it advance your thinking?

  • Is it the most important thing you could be doing right now?

  • If itís not helping, why are you doing it?

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