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Facilitating Problem Solving & Decision Making

March 19, 2015

Whether you’re involved in annual strategic planning, making important business choices or resolving daily issues, you can benefit from problem solving and decision-making skills.  Problem solving and decision-making can be a subjective, objective or intuitive pursuit.

Subjective Problem Solving

When coming up with subjective solutions to problems, you are operating on your own, or the groups, thoughts and feelings about a particular subject. Experience will come into play, and known information is the primary lens through which the problem is viewed.  It’s helpful to lead a group through a series of questions aimed at clarifying the issue at hand, brainstorming ways to address the challenge and creating a plan for resolution.

Objective Decision Making

Objective decision-making requires more careful research, analysis, preparation, organization and facilitation than does a subjective problem solving session.   Having reliable intelligence is vital to objective decision-making. In addition to the steps cited under subjective problem solving, objective decision-making requires the services of an objective third-party facilitator, making sure those who have a stake or say in the issue are included in the process and doing necessary research and data gathering.

Intuitive Problem Solving

Subjective and Objective approaches lean towards intelligent or logical decision-making. There may be times when you choose to combine both intelligent and intuitive approaches to solving problems.  Many of the steps to group problem solving or decision-making can be applied to finding answers to your present personal life questions. When both halves of your brain work in concert, during a state of relaxed concentration, you are more likely to have a flash of insight or intuition.

To prepare yourself for that eventuality, you want to state your problem or question clearly, gather factual information about the problem and ask questions of those with relevant information or experience. Next, you must allow your brain to work on the details while you draft possible solutions to the problem; practice quietness or contemplation and maintain an attitude of openness towards receiving the best solution. The final step is to seize the intuitive solution when it presents itself.  Intuition arrives as a flash of insight.  It may seem to come out of nowhere, but you can be sure it has been conceived as a result of your preliminary problem solving, decision-making and contemplative efforts.

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