A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington
How to solve a problem? There are many ways, let’s explore one of the more practical ways.
Peter Sage shared some time management strategies recently. One of them is IIR, an acronym for for Issue, Impact and Recommendation.
Whenever you face a problem, remember this:
I : Issue. What is the problem that you are facing?
I : Impact. What is the consequence of the problem?
R : Recommendation. What would be the possible solutions for it?
The world rewards those who solve problem, not those who create them. Your boss won’t like it if you keep on giving troubles for them. They would be delighted if you can solve their problems.
Frame your solutions using the IIR. Present first the issue faced. Then give the impact. And finally, propose a recommendation to solve it.
A solution without knowing what it solves will not be taken seriously. A solution without knowing the depth of consequences lacks its shine.
Practise IIR in your day-to-day activity. Strive to be a problem-solver, not a problem-creator. It inevitably improves your communication and presentation skills too. Over time your values will increase and will gain the respect and admiration from your boss and peers.
How will you use IIR in your life today?