In a McKinsey article titled, ‘Six problem-solving mindsets for very uncertain times,’ Charles Conn, writes:
‘The mindsets of great problem solvers are just as important as the methods they employ.
‘A mindset that encourages curiosity, embraces imperfection, rewards a dragonfly-eye view of the problem, creates new data from experiments and collective intelligence, and drives action through compelling show-and-tell storytelling creates radical new possibilities under high levels of unpredictability.
‘Of course, these approaches can be helpful in a broad range of circumstances, but in times of massive uncertainty, they are essential.’
These days I am writing up my own report, from the road, these past 10 years. I’m writing about similar things: the mindset that is required to become ready to solve a different problem than you think you are looking at, because complexity can compound.
While I might not write about things with examples from corporate boardrooms, what I’m finding very interesting is that some of my conclusions resonate with what the authors such as the above note-taker are also observing. I’m going to share my story in the form of a first-person account, narrating one instance in particular. In Gangtok, in 2013.
I’m sharing about this book, Jump the Fork, on my personal site.