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As we approach the end of April, it’s the final entry of our weekly “Productive Office Rules To Live By” – where has the time gone!?


Tip 5: Be a Problem Solver


Productive people aren’t intimidated by stressful situations, deadlines and challenges – as natural problem solvers they respond positively, calmly and tackle problems head on. Majority will see a problem prior to its impact, speak up and provide a problem-solving solution.


Becoming a problem solver requires a degree of lateral thinking – Not looking at a situation head on, or its current process, they think about what would work in an ideal world and use the tools available to them.


A problem solver always needs to embrace the possibility of a solution not working…there is always an element of risk taking.


Ne: Solution


  • If you make a mistake, own up to it – we’re all only human after all and you will be respected more for owning up. If a mistake happens, remain calm and think of a solution to rectify the situation.


  • When confronted with a problem, take a moment to understand the scenario completely. Evaluating the facts will enable you to recognise the problem in its entirety and allow you to think clearly on how to solve the problem.


  • Don’t spend hours dwelling on a solution. If the resources available don’t assist your solution, look at a different route. Manage your own expectations: you may not be able to solve the problem at once – tackle the problems that matter most and work backwards – don’t over complicate it.


  • Keep your eyes open for new opportunities. The company may have a process you feel could work better and more streamlined – don’t be afraid to speak up and express your ideas.


We hope you found these Elixir entries enjoyable and educational to read.


Please do let us know if you have put any of our 5 rules into practice and what the outcome was – we always appreciate you feedback!


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