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The Problem with Problem Solving

Posted By: Randy GageDecember 31, 2015

If you charge your team with solving a problem, you shouldn’t be surprised to discover later that they have been looking backward. Problem solving in and of itself is inherently backwards-looking.

The same thing holds true if you’re instructing your team to solve a puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles work because all the pieces are in the box when you buy them; all you have to do is figure out where to place each piece.

However, the challenges you and your business are about to face in the next decade don’t have all the necessary puzzle pieces in the box. So if we’re going to use the puzzle analogy here, we have to change the rules. Now your job is to use all the puzzle pieces that came in the box, see where they fit, then fill the remaining space by creating some new puzzle pieces in that 3D printer called your brain.

When you empower your team to create a possibility, a whole different, forward-looking perspective is created. What we’re really talking about is your ability to see the intangible.  That's what Steve Jobs and Apple did with the iPad.  The iPad didn't really solve a problem and no one was asking for it.  But Apple created a possibility: a product that as soon as people saw, they wanted to have it.

That's your job.  See the intangible.  Know what your clients, customers or prospects want - before they even know it themselves.

You get wealthy by solving problems and adding value.  But the greatest wealth is created when you see possibilities.  That's why I wrote Mad Genius.  To help you think in possibilities.

-RG

12 comments on “The Problem with Problem Solving”

  1. I had a success themed picture of the word "Possibilities" in my old livingroom.. then gave it to amity from being displeased with it & myself. (at the time)
    The Victory mindset is key, I believe to "feeling the possibilities of ideas", but them #discipline brings the feeling right?  Discipline leads to freedom I recall you had said..
    also I think people "manage people" when they should be "leading them".. a leader could always manage, but a manager can't always lead people into possibility thinking..
    the example often has be set from above; top down approach; create the vision & culture, have employees, colleagues, associates, buy into the purpose. It's a creative mastermind in effect.

  2. Hp New Year Randy This Year Ipromised Ma Self To Get Enrolled In Ur Leadership Acadmy When Shd We Expect Da Mad Genius Out

  3. Bt Here In Africa We Still Find It Hard To Access Some Of Ur Material Like Da Recent 2 Albums Igot Duplication Nation,How To Life Of An Mlm Rock Star,getting Started And What U Need To Know First,but Ineed Some Advice On How To Use Ur Material Well So Dat Ican Be In Portion To Be Like U Or Even More Like Iwant To Go Also For Ur Mega Mlm Or I first Finshi Da Leadership Academy Givn Me Some Advice Randy

  4. PrincePhrog and the saying: "hindsight is 20/20" is only true after one has "connected the dots".. I don't want to be looking backwards more than looking forward, or as a primary means of learning life lessons.

  5. PeterGHorrill PrincePhrog Absolutely Peter,
    The point being no one can predict the future. All we can do is connect the dots and use them to guide us forward. As my friend Eric Worre always teaches, "Plan, Do, Review".

  6. Hi Randy,
    My friends in Kenya call me Millionaire Anthony Roberts - and l tell then "as a man thinks so is he" I like you teachings, because they are not ONLY applicable to MLM, but to life in general.
    Come 2017, my country could adopt a new curriculum of teaching leadership and integrity in schools for this to be a way of life starting from a young age. I aspire to be one of the lectures, using all the knowledge I acquire from this platform.
    Kind regards,
    Mlnr. Anthony Roberts.

  7. Hello Randy Gage there, Dr. Fight Club X3m here.... so i just to welcome you new year and wish you to have more great inspiration and thought , thank you for shearing with us. Right now im trying to inspire people around me with 2 kind of program that for me have a great value, that mean need to be entertainment and to have some business involved in three word how to save create and donate some cash. Guess what, today I was working in one appartment and there people use your sexy product, ageless, so I was trying that, and you right it is soo sexy....  so if you have little time for give me some advice and help me in your spare time... so you can be first sponsor volunteer in my Fight Crew.... Im studing for IT manager and I hope so that my voice will reach many people like your.... I like your videos and story, and another men who is for me inspirating is Ethan Vandeirbulit.... I was get so good information from you two guys, that I ordinary love you!

  8. Good one
    Most  of us deal in Current Reality, but the most successful people play by a different tune - Future Potential.  They 'see' things that others do not see, and act accordingly.

  9. Super thanks for putting this blogpost together!
    Didn't know you had a new book, until I tuned into your latest YouTube video. Bought all the other books, and re-reading them often. Definitely purchasing/preordering this new one!

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  • 12 comments on “The Problem with Problem Solving”

    1. I had a success themed picture of the word "Possibilities" in my old livingroom.. then gave it to amity from being displeased with it & myself. (at the time)
      The Victory mindset is key, I believe to "feeling the possibilities of ideas", but them #discipline brings the feeling right?  Discipline leads to freedom I recall you had said..
      also I think people "manage people" when they should be "leading them".. a leader could always manage, but a manager can't always lead people into possibility thinking..
      the example often has be set from above; top down approach; create the vision & culture, have employees, colleagues, associates, buy into the purpose. It's a creative mastermind in effect.

    2. Hp New Year Randy This Year Ipromised Ma Self To Get Enrolled In Ur Leadership Acadmy When Shd We Expect Da Mad Genius Out

    3. Bt Here In Africa We Still Find It Hard To Access Some Of Ur Material Like Da Recent 2 Albums Igot Duplication Nation,How To Life Of An Mlm Rock Star,getting Started And What U Need To Know First,but Ineed Some Advice On How To Use Ur Material Well So Dat Ican Be In Portion To Be Like U Or Even More Like Iwant To Go Also For Ur Mega Mlm Or I first Finshi Da Leadership Academy Givn Me Some Advice Randy

    4. PrincePhrog and the saying: "hindsight is 20/20" is only true after one has "connected the dots".. I don't want to be looking backwards more than looking forward, or as a primary means of learning life lessons.

    5. PeterGHorrill PrincePhrog Absolutely Peter,
      The point being no one can predict the future. All we can do is connect the dots and use them to guide us forward. As my friend Eric Worre always teaches, "Plan, Do, Review".

    6. Hi Randy,
      My friends in Kenya call me Millionaire Anthony Roberts - and l tell then "as a man thinks so is he" I like you teachings, because they are not ONLY applicable to MLM, but to life in general.
      Come 2017, my country could adopt a new curriculum of teaching leadership and integrity in schools for this to be a way of life starting from a young age. I aspire to be one of the lectures, using all the knowledge I acquire from this platform.
      Kind regards,
      Mlnr. Anthony Roberts.

    7. Hello Randy Gage there, Dr. Fight Club X3m here.... so i just to welcome you new year and wish you to have more great inspiration and thought , thank you for shearing with us. Right now im trying to inspire people around me with 2 kind of program that for me have a great value, that mean need to be entertainment and to have some business involved in three word how to save create and donate some cash. Guess what, today I was working in one appartment and there people use your sexy product, ageless, so I was trying that, and you right it is soo sexy....  so if you have little time for give me some advice and help me in your spare time... so you can be first sponsor volunteer in my Fight Crew.... Im studing for IT manager and I hope so that my voice will reach many people like your.... I like your videos and story, and another men who is for me inspirating is Ethan Vandeirbulit.... I was get so good information from you two guys, that I ordinary love you!

    8. Good one
      Most  of us deal in Current Reality, but the most successful people play by a different tune - Future Potential.  They 'see' things that others do not see, and act accordingly.

    9. Super thanks for putting this blogpost together!
      Didn't know you had a new book, until I tuned into your latest YouTube video. Bought all the other books, and re-reading them often. Definitely purchasing/preordering this new one!

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