Identifying and Solving Problems

People tend to jump to finding solutions without taking the time to address the starting point fully. The problem that they’re trying to solve. There are two critical issues when it comes to an understanding the starting point, defining the problem. First is in the midterm example, people can disagree over whether a problem exists. Before you can argue about how to solve a particular problem, you first need to convince yourself about why you think the issue you’ve brought up needs to be solved. Second, people often fail to define the problem clearly. If the problem isn’t clearly defined, then a group of people may think they’re addressing the same issue. When in reality, each person has a different view of what the group is talking about, you learned about the importance of using clear and precise language and arguments, apply the same rules to how you drive the problem itself.

If you can’t identify the problem, then it will be impossible to evaluate the argument somewhat. And suppose you do not take the time to explain the situation and why it’s viewed as a problem. In that case, you will likely have a hard time convincing anyone to go along with your conclusion why implement a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. It is important to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the way things are to determine whether a problem exists and the specific nature of that problem.

Identifying and solving a problem is the process of identifying a challenge and looking for effective ways of finding a solution. Try consulting other members who have faced the same challenge you are having. There are essential steps in identifying and solving problems.


Define the problem

Learn more about the problem. Single situations can lead to various issues. While defining the problem, it is good to top focus on the problem than the solution. Depending on the problem’s complexity, you can opt to use tools like flow charts or define the problem and its root cause.


Identify alternative solutions

Brainstorm different approaches to tackle the problem. Consider all aspects that could slow down solving the problem, make sure the ideas generated are consistent with the relevant goals and objectives, check that every member participates, and distinguish short-term and long-term solutions.


Evaluate the solutions

u00a0After listing all the alternatives, it is time to assess the problem’s positive and negative effects. Analyze and compare all the other options considering the resources required to implement them.


Select a solution

After evaluating, select a solution by considering if; it solves the problem smoothly without creating more problems, practical and easy to implement, understood by everyone involved, and fits within the company’s procedures and policies. It is important to consider implementation when choosing the solution.


Implement the solution

Implementation usually requires the following steps;

  • Develop an action plan to implement the solution
  • Define the objectives and separate them from monitoring if they meet the required targets
  • Define timelines for implementation
  • Communicate the plan with everyone involved
  • Develop channels that will help give feedback during the process.
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Monitor the progress and adjust

Measure the progress to ensure the solution works smoothly. Gather data to determine if the solution meets the expected needs. If anything, unexpected arises adjustments may be required.

Emmanuel Addo

Emmanuel Addo is the founder of the Young Global Leaders Network, an international non-governmental organization registered in six (6) countries namely, Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan and has a membership strength of over 15,000 young black professionals, students, graduates, and aspiring leaders.

The organization also operates in 25 other African countries. Emmanuel also doubles as the chief convener and founder of the Young African Leaders Summit, one of the largest continental youth summits in Africa.  

Currently works at Kingston University as a Business Engagement Team Member in their Partnerships and Engagement Department. 

He characterizes energy, integrity, result-oriented, and ground-breaking service in each detail of strategic management, change management, stakeholder management, and leadership acquaintances.
Emmanuel owns a core background in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

Leveraging his experience as a youth activist and a dynamic young man, Emmanuel founded the Young Global Leaders Network, a youth organization that comprises young diplomats, young politicians, and aspiring politicians, business/entrepreneurial business leaders with the aim of championing a mutual agenda for the African youth and promoting youth participation in governance as well as promoting entrepreneurial culture.
Emmanuel nurtures an environment of teamwork and has expertise in data collection and analysis as well as both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Emmanuel worked as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Advanced Management where he delivered a wide range of business management courses that involved principles of marketing, leadership, operation management, and research methods. Emmanuel has always maintained high teaching and learning standards to ensure that his students’ stand out in academic achievements and successful progression. As a stout believer and passionate key player in volunteering; Emmanuel creates quality time to giving back gladly to his community what he has learned and to educate individuals with free consultancy on career development. He is a leader anyone would love to look up to and with great integrity, commitment, and passion to make the world a better place.
Emmanuel worked as Qualifications Manager at the Open University in the UK.

Emmanuel is also the founder of Kickstart Innovation Hub Ltd, the entrepreneurial hub of Young Global Leaders Network.