Problem-Solving: Going Beyond Quick Fixes
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Problem-Solving: Going Beyond Quick Fixes

Jun 7, 2024, 12:55 AM
Vivien Mangalindan

Vivien Mangalindan


When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves. - Anthony J. D'Angelo


Do you have moments when it feels like everything’s going wrong? It can be quite overwhelming.

  • Work stress
  • Relationship drama
  • Feeling like the odd one out in your peer group

But there's a silver lining in all of that. As tough as they may seem - these challenges actually hold some valuable lessons.

  • Get to the bottom of what's really going on - beyond just covering up the problem with a band-aid.
  • Tackle the main issue to find solutions that actually work.


Alan and his team kept missing work deadlines - even with their best efforts.

Before: Alan kept pushing everyone to work faster. But no matter what they did - they were always behind schedule.

After: He stepped back and realized: ‘Maybe it's not about working harder - but about working smarter.’ He discovered that the challenge was in how tasks were assigned - plus all the interruptions. And he came up with a plan.

  • Give everyone clear roles
  • Set aside some quiet time for focused work

With those changes in place - the team was able to hit deadlines as planned.


Liz and her partner used to argue a lot about money.

Before: Liz tried cutting back on her spending and doing side gigs. But those fights still kept happening.

After: One day, she had this lightbulb moment. She realized it wasn't just about money - but what it meant to both of them.

  • The couple had a long conversation. They talked about what they wanted financially - and how they could understand each other better.

And now - disagreements about money are a thing of the past for them.


Tony often felt like the odd one out in his social circle.

Before: Tony tried to fit in by going out with the group more often. But he still felt like he was on the outside looking in.

After: He noticed that it wasn't about the quantity - but the quality of his time spent socializing. 

  • He decided to find a group that shared his love for board games. They quickly found themselves bonding over game strategies instead of small talk.

Rather than feeling like a loner - Tony discovered a circle of friends who truly understood him.


Learn the power of going beyond quick fixes. Don’t just skim the surface. The next time things get tough - keep these points in mind.

  • Take a step back.
  • Look past the surface.
  • Get to the heart of the matter.

Remember: Find practical solutions by tackling the root of your problem.

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