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Are you solving the right problem?

December 1, 2022

I taught Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg's "Slow Elevator" tool for reframing problems during a leadership retreat this past Saturday at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Bozeman.

As Thomas says, "Most people are fairly good at solving problems—but they are bad at diagnosing the right problems to solve."

This simple, elegant tool can help you determine which problem to solve, and how to frame it. Since learning it during a Level C course led by Thomas, the problem-solving ninja, himself, I've used it with wild success.

      💡 This group of 30 split into breakouts and flipped their daily challenges into new opportunities.

      🛣 In an executive workshop last month, one leader told me it put her in such a generative space, "that even thinking of my roadblocks was hard."

      🍭 And the real clincher: It worked on my 3-year-old, who somehow used it to talk his way into a fruit roll-up at school pickup.

Here are a few examples of how it works. Consider your problem through the following lenses/questions:

  • What if x isn't the problem?
  • Are there any positive exceptions? What changed that moment or day?
  • What problem are they trying to solve? How would you feel in their shoes?

Try it. You won't be sad that you did.

p.s. clients: You better up your reframing game if you expect me to bring fruit roll-ups.

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