The articles in this section of Mind Tools therefore focus on helping you make a success of the first of these steps – defining the problem.
A very significant part of this involves making sense of the complex situation in which the problem occurs, so that you can pinpoint exactly what the problem is.
Having good, strong problem solving skills can make a huge difference to your career.
Problems are at the center of what many people do at work every day.
The Drill Down technique will help you split your problem into smaller parts, each of which can then be solved appropriately.
The four-step approach to solving problems that we mentioned at the beginning of this article will serve you well in many situations.
With one, you can solve problems quickly and effectively.
Without one, your solutions may be ineffective, or you'll get stuck and do nothing, with sometimes painful consequences.
Whether you're solving a problem for a client (internal or external), supporting those who are solving problems, or discovering new problems to solve, the problems you face can be large or small, simple or complex, and easy or difficult.
A fundamental part of every manager's role is finding ways to solve them.