There are various ways of defining what is meant by the term ‘problem’. Typically, such definitions highlight the existence of a mismatch between how things actually are and some other, desired (or desirable) state of affairs. Van Gundy (1988, p. 4) goes further, and identifies preconditions that are necessary if you want to start problem solving:
Put another way (one that sounds a bit more personal or informal):
The language used to define ‘problem solving’ carries certain implications which (in the spirit of creative deconstruction) are worth bringing into awareness and examining.
In practice, ‘problem-solving’ techniques often help in situations that we perceive in more positive, or neutral, terms. So, for our purposes, we can conveniently use the term ‘problem’ as a shorthand to include issues, opportunities, challenges, concerns, difficulties, messes and the like.
Think of a challenging situation, a difficult decision, an opportunity for change, or some issue that could be considered problematic. Then, use either of the five-point lists preceding, in combination with some ‘5Ws and an H’ questions to run a quick check on whether this is a problem amenable to an attempt at solving it.
There was a problem reporting this post.
Please confirm you want to block this member.
You will no longer be able to:
Please note: This action will also remove this member from your connections and send a report to the site admin. Please allow a few minutes for this process to complete.