If you’re a human, you have problems (robots will have problems too, once the Singularity arrives). In fact, you could argue that the most effective people and organizations are the ones that solve problems most effectively. The ones that come up with creative solutions. The ones that fully incorporate the solution in everything they do so the problem never resurfaces.
Unfortunately, solving problems is hard. When we’re in the midst of a challenge, our ability to think comprehensively is severely limited. Our physiology has us programmed to respond to difficulty with one of two options: fight or flight. Ah, but if we pause, we also have the ability to think.
So how do we solve those especially vexing challenges? Here are the three ways to think comprehensively.