Updated: Oct 27, 2021
There’s a storm rolling in! It’s a brainstorm! Rather, it's time to brainstorm solutions. I’m Elise with Woodworth enterprises and this is the fourth video in our Innovative Mindset Challenge. So far, we have identified and issue, framed the problem, and determined the cause. It is time to get solving. This week’s challenge is to answer the question, what could be done to solve the problem? This is usually a question people can answer quickly, but I encourage you to take some time to actively brainstorming as many solutions and you can. As off the wall and unfeasible as they may seem. Ask stakeholders for input, Solicit ideas from your team members and employees. Don’t be satisfied (at first) with off the shelf options. Be inspired by Thomas Edison who said, “There’s a way to do it better – find it.”
I was watching the clouds yesterday after a thunderstorm and rolled through. The wind was whipping around in different directions, clouds were moving all over the sky. They were beautiful blues, purples and greys. As the sun was setting, it peaked through the dim day, then this amazing golden cloud flew into the sky. Solutions are sometimes like that, you have to wait and look at a lot of grey clouds, before a golden cloud (or opportunity) rolls around.
While you brainstorm solutions think about these questions:
Is there an option to outsource?
Who could I ask for help?
How do other people solve this problem?
What could I do differently?
What could I do if cost, time wasn’t a consideration?
Collect the ideas in a central point and start to run them past the cause you identified. Don’t take anything off the list until you’ve fully assessed its potential Combining elements of different ideas could be just the golden solution you've been looking for.
Pictures never seem to do nature justice... but these are the clouds I talk about in the video.