How to solve a complex issue

The first tactic is to deconstruct the complex issue down to the base elements. Each issue may have one or multiple elements; for example, if there is a team member issue, some of the elements may include the perceived issue (anger), but the base elements are trust and communications. One way to deconstruct to the base elements is to revisit an issue multiple instances and through different perspectives like getting insights from others. Without first deconstructing to the base elements, the complex issue problems still remain.

Then rebuild the issue from the base elements, using a visual map that clearly defines the relationship between the elements. Redefining the issue from its elements allows the problem solver to analytically understand how the elements interconnect and the relationships between those elements.

Lastly, test different solutions and observe how they will impact the elements. The goal is to find an optimal solution that solves most of the base elements. Searching for an optimal solution that solves all of the base elements in this complex issue will be futile at best and impossible at worst.

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