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I learned in differential calculus, that problem solving is easier if your start with the solution and work back to the problem. At first, this is an awkward testament to a person’s ability. We do not often spend time going backwards in life. In this case though, I found if I focus on the desired resolution, the pathway to resolving the problem becomes clear.
Once I have the pathway defined, my next hurdle is usually the enrollment of others to join me on this pathway towards resolution. When enrolling others, I think back to my experiences in traveling. I tend to be an adventure junkie, so spontaneous and often uncertain ventures are my passion. For me, it is the journey and the surprises that make a venture an adventure. Even though I enjoy the spur-of-the-moment twists and turns, I still have to create some kind of agenda or I will find myself sitting on my couch and going now where.
When planning out the road map for an adventure, I start to develop an expectation of the experience. My expectations start to drive what type of experience I anticipate having. I start to become enrolled with my own idea of adventure. When enrolling others to join you on your pathway to resolution, you need to build a road map, a check list, an agenda or whatever other tool is necessary to help them define their expectation of this experience. Expectations often define experiences and experiences often define outcomes. Enrollment is about creating an experience based on expectations that someone can see themselves being a part of. This ownership of the experience becomes the motivation for their participation and ultimately reaching the goal of problem resolution.
So that next time you find yourself with a problem, do a little mental calculus and travel planning. Determine what you want the resolution to be and work out the pathway back to the problem. Share this pathway and the expectations of this experience with the necessary parties. Create the space where ownership of the process can occur and notice how quickly your problems can be solved.
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