12 Steps to Implementing Anything in Your Business: Step Ten: Use Creative Problem Solving to Overcome Any UnForeseen Obstacles
No matter how well you plan the implementation of a project, nine times out of ten, some barrier or obstacle is going to occur that you just hadn't foreseen, so what to you do when this happens?
You will have to invent ways to get over around or though the obstacles that do occur, and that is going to take creative thinking. In my experience the main unforeseen issues that crop up are managerial issues.
The people in charge of the implementation project, that is the business owner and/ or manager either fail to identify some required activities in advance or the whole planning stage was not done correctly, with the outcome being...nothing works.
What you have to remember is that facing unforeseen obstacles during the implementation of any project is quite normal. Your challenge is to build innovation and improvisation into your plan.
The easiest way to do this is to break your big project down into smaller, result driven, projects This will flush out the elements that you may have missed during the planning stage, but these unforeseen barrier are now on a smaller scale and more manageable.
Here are the 3 main ways I have used with my clients to overcome unforeseen barriers.
1. Just stop and think. During implementation sometimes you can only see the woods but not the trees. Give yourself time to stop and think about other ways to achieve the same outcome. Just like when driving, there are many roads that will lead you to the same destination, if you think about it you will find that there are other avenues you can take to get the outcome you want during the implementation of your project.
2. If you have followed step one and just cannot see any way out, around or through the obstacle, then its time to talk to your team/ staff. They will all have experience that will be different and there will be people that see things you just will not be able to see. Do not be afraid to ask for their advice.
3. Brainstorm: If after gone though steps 1 and 2 above, you still cannot solve the problem then you can brainstorm the problem. Get your staff/team together and toss ideas around. The main thing here is that no idea is dismissed out of hand or criticized. The main objective is to stimulate new ideas and then sort out the practical ones afterwards.
In all my experience working with clients to implement projects into their business, including the implementation of my SETE Profits Growth SystemTM, and my Profit Equation Domination Methodology , I have never had to go past step 3. When done properly it will give you the answer you are looking for, and actually may give you several to choose from.