For the purposes of being a tad bit abstract, I’m going to kick off this article with 3 questions.
1. How do we come up with a good solution?
2. What does a good solution include?
3. What/How is the best way to execute a good solution
A solution is created in order to address a challenge that is represented as real or incorporeal. To create a good solution, you must understand the problem and be aware of the symptoms.
A good solution allows the community to participate in the execution or manifestation of the problem solving. The solution is clear, concise and can be understood by the community pillars.
The solution must take into account privilege, socio-economic factors, reparations and sustainability challenges.
The solution must afford community members a platform to engage on the likely outcomes of the agreed plan of action.
A good solution solves the problem, dissolves the symptoms and proactively seeks to make progress.
A good solution practices refinement and the capacity of improvement.
A good solution must conform to good and ethical principles of sustainable human development.
We have been seeking solutions to improve the condition and quality of life from the 1st to the 4th industrial revolution. Venturing into expeditions of finding facts and pushing the boundary. The curious nature of mankind is both a gift and a curse. Our problems are often raised by our curiosity; some problems are channeled through greed and some problems are a byproduct of curiosity and greed.
Solutions are driven by triggers. The triggers can be emotional, physical, mental, financial etc.
Depending on the type of trigger you have encountered, you then need to design a solution.
Therefore, you must ask the following questions:
1. How do I come up with a good solution?
2. What does a good solution include?
3. What/How is the best way to execute the solution?
We all have problems (This is an anecdotal statement for the purpose of this article) and often we let these problems weigh on us. We allow them to create a mental block, which in turn doesn’t allow us to think effectively; we allow them to cause stress, hypertension, and an emotionally charged subconscious.
This of course is a natural process when we are faced with a problem. We get self-inflicted problems where we open the door and let the problem walk into our lives. We also have problems that will just bust down the door and walk straight to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. Regardless of how we encountered the problem, we become responsible for finding a solution.
When finding the solution we must also take note of the conditions we are operating in and remember that it will be customized based on the problem we are trying to solve.
All problem solving begins with accepting the challenge you have been presented with. If you don’t accept the problem, you will then be at risk of making the problem permanent or prolonging the symptoms.
To design your solution, you must do what is simple but also hard
1. Accept the problem – take it in and make time to process it.
2. Deal with the symptoms (stress, hypertension etc.).
3. Design the solution – once you have done 1 and 2, you can then start on designing a solution to deal with the REAL or INCORPOREAL problem.
Theoretically speaking the above steps seem very minimal, but I can assure you that in practice they can prove to be hard if done without intention. They require a deep rooted and honest conversation with yourself.
Impactful solutions can only be designed if we are in tune with the desire of making progress.
The solutions will not always yield results immediately but we must ensure that we have trackers to monitor the progress of the solution.
Any challenge can be solved, we just need to design solutions that are specifically tailored for the problem by understanding the problem, engaging the problem, and fulfilling the desire to progress without any symptoms of the problem.
Edited by: Kanyisa Kabane