A 7-step model for finding solutions

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This 7-step model was created by Rick Roberts. This model is designed for people who are considering their career options or a job offer.

…A very important thing in this model is information gathering.

Top tip: The more information you discover, the easier it will be to find a solution.

1. Problem/solution identification.

The first step is to recognize the problem and assess whether it is worth your effort.

  • Will it really make a difference?
  • Will the problem solved really pay off the effort?

2. Personal characteristics.

What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills, values and capabilities.

3. Choices.

A list of various options that could solve the problem.

4. Generate as many solutions as possible.

Be creative and positive. Add a “What if?” to every situation.

5. Collection of information.

It is important to fully explore each option.

  • What information about the choice is important and what is not?
  • What do you need to know before making a decision and what kind of decision do you need?
  • Who can help or provide additional information?

6. Evaluation of options that will help to solve the problem.

Advantages, disadvantages and risks of each option. Create criteria by which you will evaluate decisions.

  • Which alternative will most likely help you achieve the result?

7. Choosing the best.

Assess future risks and consequences.

  • What problems can they create?


Make an action plan. Allocate funds for implementation.

Advantages and disadvantages of this 7-step model.

This 7-step model is not useful when the decision you want to make is not very significant in your life. In short, if you don't know which ice cream to choose - strawberry or vanilla - don't use this model because it takes too long to find simple solutions.

However, too much information about each choice can slow down the decision-making process, as each fact needs to be checked for accuracy.

"Solutions are just the beginning of something. When making a decision, a person actually plunges into a rushing current that takes him to a place he did not even know he would be at the moment of the decision."

- Paulo Coelho

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