However many opportunities are missed or not taken full advantage of.
Often we are unsure how to take advantage of an opportunity and create barriers - reasons why we can't take advantage. All problems have two features in common: goals and barriers.
If you are hungry then your goal is probably to eat something.
If you are the head of an organisation (CEO), then your main goal may be to maximise profits and this main goal may need to be split into numerous sub-goals in order to fulfil the ultimate aim of increasing profits.
From the information gathered in the first two phases of the problem solving framework it is now time to start thinking about possible solutions to the identified problem.
In a group situation this stage is often carried out as a brain-storming session, letting each person in the group express their views on possible solutions (or part solutions).
These barriers can turn a potentially positive situation into a negative one, a problem. It is human nature to notice and focus on small, easy to solve problems but much harder to work on the big problems that may be causing some of the smaller ones. Problems involve setting out to achieve some objective or desired state of affairs and can include avoiding a situation or event.
It's useful to consider the following questions when faced with a problem. Goals can be anything that you wish to achieve, or where you want to be.
Our problem solving pages provide a simple and structured approach to problem solving.
The approach referred to is generally designed for problem solving in an organisation or group context, but can also be easily adapted to work at an individual level at home or in education.