Principles of Effective Problem Solving

See Ecclesiastes 10:15; 1 Timothy 4:6; 2 Timothy 2

What is a Principle?
A Principle is a Fundamental Law.
A Principle is a Universal Law
A Principle is a Foundational Truth.
Truth is universal. A Truth is a constant.
A Law is a Principle that works for anyone, at anywhere at all times irrespective of circumstances. For example, Faith is a law. It is a universal law. See Romans 3:27; Acts 10:34; Hebrews 11:6.
A law will work for anyone who will apply it. That means these principles will work for anyone.
What does it mean to be effective?
To be effective is to achieve the intended result, aim or objective.
This means when you apply these principles, it will work for you irrespective of your gender, level of education, tribe or ethnicity. See Hebrews 11:6
What is a Problem?
A Problem is anything that impedes your progress towards the attainment of a particular goal. See 1 Corinthians 16:9
A Problem is anything that distracts, deters and delays the fulfillment of a purpose or objective.
A Problem is something that makes life difficult, uncomfortable and unbearable.
A Problem is a test of your wisdom. While problems or crisis is always a test of your leadership ability. The way you handle a problem can solve it or make it worse. That’s where wisdom, understanding and knowledge comes in. See Genesis 41:1-42; 1 Kings 3:16-28; James 1:2-8
Wisdom is the Scriptural solution to an earthly problem.
Wisdom is the ability to solve a problem creatively, quickly and consistently.
Wisdom is the ability to live decisively and intelligently. That is, wisdom is doing the right thing at the right time. See Ecclesiastes 8:5-6
Wisdom is the ability to minimize your mistakes, your losses and your stress.
There are different kinds of Problems:
  1. Something can be a problem. See 2 Kings 4:1-7; Hosea 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 8:5-13
  2. A System can be a problem. See Exodus 18:13-23; Acts 6:1-7
  3. A person or groups of persons can be the problem. When it’s a person he or she is a saboteur of progress. These can also be called adversaries. See Acts 13:5-12; 1 Corinthians 16:9; Romans 15:30-32; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
How to Solve Problems:
  1. Identify the problem. A problem identified is a problem half solved. Know the problem. Try to identify the cause of the problem and how long it has been happening. See Matthew 17:14-21; Joshua 7:6-26; Jonah 1:6-16;
  2. Ask yourself: Can I solve the problem? Do you have what it takes? Do you have the skills? Inventory your personal arsenal of knowledge, talents and skills. See Luke 14:25-33; 1 Kings 3:3-16; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Luke 18:1-6; Luke 16:1-12
  3. Ask yourself the question: Do I need someone to help me solve the problem? Who is it or who are they? Where can I find them? What will it cost? This is called objective problem solving. See 1 Chronicles 22:1-5; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:9-13
  4. To whom do I need to report the problem if I can’t solve it? (In organizational setting) See Numbers 11:10-15; 2 Samuel 15:31; 16:23; 17:14; 17:23; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-6
  5. What do I need to do or learn to keep the problem from reoccurring? If a problem keeps reoccurring it means that you are not growing or learning. See 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Ephesians 4:11-15; Hebrews 5:12-13; 2 Peter 3:14-18
  6. Be willing to do whatever you have been taught to eliminate the problem and end the cycle of repeated happenings. Exodus 17:8-13; Ephesians 4:14-15: 4:17-24; Colossians 3:8-10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV
  7. Confront the individual or individuals sabotaging your success as an organization. Identify their real challenge. Correct and train but if they don’t change that lead to number 8. Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 2:1-3
  8. Fire the individual who seems to be the problem who is unwilling to change, learn or develop the necessary skills to become better. Employ a new person or new persons who will take the roles of the person or people you fired. See 1 Corinthians 5:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 2 John 1:9-10; 3 John 3:9-10
  9. Change the system when necessary. Develop new processes that will improve or change your current outcomes for the better or the best. See Exodus 18:13-23; Acts 6:1-7

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