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How to Adopt a Solution-Oriented Mindset

by Michael Murphy / May 18, 2022

"When presented with a problem, you start at the solution and reverse-engineer your way back. You figure out how to get to the solution by any legitimate means necessary." ~ Christopher Penn

Every business has problems. How do you deal with them? Focusing on the solution seems logical, but in practice, it rarely happens. That's not surprising since a solution-oriented approach means changing our way of thinking. You approach problems differently from conventional methods by starting and acting with the desired goal. In focusing on the way the unfair situation might be, complaining about the disruption, or expressing your dissatisfaction, you worsen it, leading to more problems.

It is crucial to have a problem-solving mindset for any business, especially if you are an HR manager or CEO of a small or medium business. A growth mindset allows the business to stay on track to explore new opportunities. Read on to learn the best ways to develop a solution-oriented mindset.

Understanding the Problem

Any business will encounter problems and make mistakes; how you handle them makes the difference. First, you will look at the existing solution and identify the next closest option.It's crucial not to shy away from challenges.

Understanding the problem and learning to work within it is the only way to thrive in business. Classifying the problem is the first step to problem-solving in business. You set yourself up for success in this challenging environment, which will allow you to identify opportunities. A solution-oriented team works together, finds creative ways to solve the problem, and resolves it quickly. The group addresses challenges rather than avoiding them.

How to Develop a Growth Mindset

Developing a solution-oriented team requires commitment, discipline, and time, while the first step is to allow the team to evolve and motivate them to work together for a solution.

1. Change Your Attitude

Problem-solving mindsets recognize problems as growth opportunities and focus on achieving success by finding solutions. Challenges are unique, and you can influence the situation by looking at it from a new perspective and taking a step back. You can also gain a fresh perspective by brainstorming with others on things you might have missed otherwise. Having a fresh mindset on a problem will allow you to develop a new approach and find a solution.

 Once a problem arises, you need to stay optimistic to find solutions. You must discipline yourself to be hungry for answers. Motivating yourself to overcome the obstacle in front of you requires a paradigm shift. The decision is either to let the problem consume you or to face it head-on and take control with the attitude of a champion.

Take action and monitor your progress after identifying the problem and making a list of all possible solutions. A positive outcome is more likely with more information. Go through all the options, select the best one for the situation, and set measurable objectives.

2. Impactful Leadership

By strengthening employees' decision-making skills and encouraging them to focus on what works and what doesn't, solution-driven leaders improve their ability to resolve inconsistencies. It's your responsibility as a leader to create an environment where your team members solve problems rather than avoid them.

You speak far louder through your actions than through your words. Make sure your team knows you will support each other and work together to find solutions to challenges. A solution-driven organization attracts and retains talent. A mindset that attracts clients, including the best talent, requires a culture that cultivates this mindset throughout the organization.

There are many different leadership styles, but all influential leaders share some common characteristics. These include:

  • They have a clear vision and can communicate it effectively. Lead by example. You need to be able to walk the talk and meet high standards yourself.
  • They set high standards for others and expect them to meet them. Accountability is key.
  • They take responsibility for their own actions and decisions. You need to be accountable for your own actions if you want others to be accountable.
  • They're not afraid to take risks. You need to be willing to take risks in order to achieve your goals.
  • They're always learning and growing. You need to be constantly learning and growing in order to stay ahead of the curve.

3. Encourage Critical Thinking

Using critical thinking skills to solve problems, you have to analyze the root cause and critically look at them. Without getting overwhelmed by analyzing the root causes and less critical aspects, you can tackle a problem.

You must think beyond your self-imposed limits to achieve innovative solutions that exceed the average ideas' shortlist and challenge yourself to think outside the box. An integrated approach enables you to effectively combine knowledge and experience from different fields. Your solutions make a significant difference using this approach.

A problem analysis sets you up for future success by focusing on long-term solutions. Keep your leadership role in mind. As a team, you should encourage critical thinking, letting them take the lead and provide feedback if necessary.

4. Coach On-the-Go

It will be challenging to create a solution-driven mindset as you build a team and mentor a diverse group of individuals. You are responsible for helping your team understand the problem and develop solutions to overcome it. By providing real-time coaching, your team will be able to address any challenges the organization faces and take a proactive approach to their professional performance.

5. Communicate Openly

You need to create a safe environment for your team members to communicate honestly and transparently if you want them to think critically. Consider everyone's thoughts and suggestions and show you value them by genuinely listening to what they have to say. Give your team the chance to develop a viable solution and test it.

Leading With a Purpose

A solution-driven approach creates a mindset that encourages leaders to develop a team that identifies solutions because they can think critically, communicate openly, and understand how this approach supports the business. Developing a solution-oriented mindset requires discipline, practice, and time. To thrive in your business, You must take a proactive approach and focus your resources on solving problems rather than creating new ones.

DevelopING Solutions

Now that you've transformed your thinking from problem-focused to a growth mindset, you'll need a process for developing solutions. Only by creating a solution-centered plan of action will you be able to achieve your goals. With your mindset upgraded and the problem at hand defined, here are a few steps to get you started:

1. Gather information. Once you've identified the problem, it's time to start gathering information. This can include research, interviews, surveys, and data analysis. Remember that information is cheap. There's a lot of it. And, if you don't have the right information, you're likely to make bad decisions.

3. Brainstorm solutions. Once you have a good understanding of the problem and more information, it's time to start brainstorming possible solutions. Be creative and think outside the box. Begin by asking yourself: What do I want to achieve? What are my goals? Keep in mind that your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

4. Evaluate solutions. After you've generated a list of options, it's time to evaluate them. Consider factors such as feasibility, cost, and expected outcomes. Do the possible solutions address the root cause of the problem? Which solution is most likely to succeed?

5. Implement a solution. Once you've selected the best solution, it's time to put it into action. Develop a plan and make sure you have the resources you need to succeed. To determine the resources needed, ask yourself: What do I need to make this happen? Who can help me?

6. Monitor and adjust. Even after you've implemented a solution, it's important to monitor the results and make adjustments as needed. Questions to ask at this stage include: Is the solution working? What could be improved? Are there any unforeseen consequences?

A solution-centric mindset is a powerful tool for problem-solving in business. Quite simply, it is a key leadership skill. If you want to be an impactful leader, it's essential to develop this way of thinking.

With a solution-oriented mindset, you'll see problems as opportunities to find creative solutions that make things better. And, by choosing to see problems in a more positive light, you'll be able to communicate a growth mindset to the rest of the organization. So, if you're ready to start on this journey, visit to see how an all-in-one HCM solution can provide a compliant, efficient system to maximize the growth of your business and the capacity of your team.

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Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael is the founder of Platinum Group. His passion is in helping businesses to simplify their employee management and accounting processes.