Simplified Problems and Solutions
Humans love problem solving. Yet the truth is that most of the time the problem/solution ecology creates a reflexive impulse.
A reflexive impulse is just that. A reflex. Enacted without thoughtful comprehensive consideration.
Before we jump into solutions…perhaps instead understand the problem? As in really understand it. Know the history, bring in a diversity of people affected by the problem, listen…and listen again.
Listen to your own judgements. Know your own blind spots. Be very wary of the ‘expert’ response, even if it is yours.
Bring in a diversity of people to solve the problem. Apply the law of synergy, where one plus one might equal one thousand.
Stand in the future where the problem is solved. What is evident? What problems might the solution beget? (It will surely do this.) Are the new problems ones you want? Do they negate the initial problem? Or do they create more problems than you started with?
This is not an easy process. It requires rigour. Comprehensive thinking. Radical honesty. Community. Robust debate and disruptive processes. Conflict and disagreement.
It is also creative and messy and joyous for those who love inhabiting the question a problem asks.
Be aware of the reflexive solutions. Pause, step back…repeat.
Photo taken June 14th, 2019
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About Dr Christine McDougall
A STEWARD TO MAP MAKERS – TO ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS WHO ARE WRTING THE NEW MAPS FOR THEIR ENTERPRISE FOR A WORLD WITH A FUTURE
Christine is an internationally recognised facilitator, practitioner, teacher coach, and authority in integrative systems design, human relational design, deep wealth design and regenerative enterprises. She has held large multi-stakeholder initiatives towards a better future or all, managing diversity, complexity and various stages of human development.
As the principal of 2:23AM – She works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change, where consideration of both the short term profitability and the long term costs/effects are added to the balance sheet on day one, raising the question of how else might we be successful without robbing from our children’s future.
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