Problem-solving and critical-thinking are two essential skills to develop. Regrettably, solving a problem or thinking through an issue is not an indication of its correctness. In many instances, your answer won’t be the best solution. Jamie Dimon CEO of JPMorgan Chase writes:
Most decisions are not binary, and there are usually better answers waiting to be found if you do the analysis and involve the right people.
French philosopher Voltaire, adds:
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
Uncovering the best answer is a strenuous exercise. But, you can stack the deck in your favor: ask better questions, listen carefully, read-widely, make connections and red team-blue team solutions.
These strategies won’t make finding the best answer easy, but they will help in better defining the problem.