Problem solving as a team

problem solvingEngage in problem solving by breaking things down into steps

The 5 steps of problem solving

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Brainstorm solutions
  3. Choose a solution
  4. Evaluate the solution
  5. Make a follow-up action plan

When you are problem solving together, take turns talking. Stay focused on the topic, rather than side-track the conversation by raising other issues or concerns. Try to hear the positive in what [p2p t=”partner:name” d=”your partner”] is saying. Try to understand one another’s point of view even if you don’t agree:

“I can understand why you’re angry that I asked my parents over for the weekend without talking to you first.”

Offer suggestions or examples rather than dictating what to do or trying to force [p2p t=”partner:name” d=”your partner”] to change.

Review your progress by discussing what worked well, what didn’t work, and what could change.

Last reviewed 24 April 2016