A team faces multiple problems while handling a significant project or task. Often, they do not have the liberty or time to resolve problems strategically. But if the leaders promote a culture of problem-solving among teams, they can deal with any level of adversity.
In this article at The Enterprisers Project, Ryan Talbott suggests some productive approaches to problem-solving by asking transformative questions to the team.
Let Them Speak!
Develop a culture of transparency and open communication among teams. There should be ‘zero’ fear among team members to speak about emerging challenges in the tasks assigned to them. The leaders must be willing to extend a helping hand to their teams whenever required. Here are some practical ways to promote problem-solving among groups:
- Change Perspective: Instead of forcing your team to perform a task, or resolve an issue using limited resources, help them to see the situation with a different approach. The team members should not remain restrained by the prevailing situation. Change your viewpoint to understand their concerns or help them see a different frame of reference.
- Twist Drawbacks: Ever tried solving an issue without bothering the existing limitations like budget or time constraint? If not, then try this trick. Problems never fall at an ideal moment, it always occurs during crunch time. So, let the team think of smart ways to tackle the crisis without restricting them to move ahead in limited budget and time. Once the team finds a solution, it is your job as a leader to map out ways to work within limited budget and time.
- Farsightedness: A problem at work never pops up with a single obstacle, but humans focus on the first roadblock. So, ask your team about the next obstacle after addressing the existing one. By shifting your team’s focus on future issues, you will prepare them to solve initial hurdles and make them future-ready.
- Check Assumptions: Humans assume, and this attitude restricts them from seeing beyond a specific point or facts. It is good to question your team about their understanding of a grim situation. Each team member should have clarity about the situation. They should not work on assumptions but facts. Ask your team to broaden their perspective and come up with innovative ideas to solve problems.
Click on the following link to read the original article: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2020/1/4-team-problem-solving-exercises