New ideas, solutions, and approaches to problem-solving require times of solitude and reflection. In short, you need time to think. Margaret Wheatley, an author and consultant in the field of strategic planning, summed it up best: “innovation requires thinking and thinking requires time.”
So assuming you have set aside some time to think, what do you do with that time?
Below is a formula for innovative problem solving. It includes four questions made up of just eight letters:
Me?– the personal question
It? – The structural question
Us? – The relational question
Ah!? – The strategic question