The ability to actually solve problems has several elements – first, a person needs to be able to identify the problem using critical thinking skills, then they need to come up with an innovative solution, and finally they need the initiative, resilience, and planning and organisational skills to implement the solution.
Without effective problem solving skills, you are less likely to be able to respond when things go wrong, and more likely to abandon goals when faced with roadblocks.
Employers benefit when their employees are able to come up with effective solutions to their problems, reducing the burden on management and removing barriers to increased productivity.
Problem solvers are able to:
- Work out what the problem is in a particular situation
- Come up with implementable solutions to the problem
- Evaluate and execute the best solution effectively