A problem solving mindset assumes that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. This approach requires a focus on what we want to eliminate or change. With this type of mindset, we tend to follow mapped out generic steps designed to eliminate “the problem.” The steps include some version of the following: identify the problem, formulate and implement a strategy to solve the problem and monitor and adjust the strategy. On the surface, this approach sounds entirely reasonable, one we are all familiar with and regularly use in our various life domains.
So, what’s the problem with problem solving?
A visionary creative mindset focuses on the question of what we want to bring into existence. Focusing on what we want to create, elicits a "moving toward" motivational strategy – a strategy that generates the requisite positive emotion, energy and creativity to bring something unique into existence. This type of motivational energy in an organizational setting serves to build and strengthen optimal engagement, excitement, creativity, collaborative spirit, team building, perseverance and next level results.
What type of focus will you choose? Will you focus on what is wrong or on what you want to create? Will you embody a "moving away from" problem solving focus or a "moving toward" creative visionary focus? What will you choose?