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Secret #30: Team Problem Solving

Today, I'll share secret #30: team problem solving.

Encourage the team to work together to solve problems. Provide opportunities for brainstorming and collaboration to find creative and efficient solutions.

Team Problem Solving: A Perspective

Autonomous teams are capable of taking responsibility for solving their own problems without constant supervision from leadership. This can lead to greater efficiency, innovation, and employee satisfaction.

Here are some tips to encourage problem-solving in teams from the perspective of autonomous teams:

  1. Clearly Define the Problem: Ensure all team members understand the problem they are trying to solve. This will help them focus on effective solutions.

  2. Encourage Brainstorming: Create a safe and supportive environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their ideas, even if they seem wild. You can use brainstorming techniques such as mind mapping or brainwriting to stimulate creativity.

  3. Focus on Collaboration: Encourage team members to work together to develop solutions. This will help them learn from each other and leverage each other's strengths.

  4. Evaluate Options: Once the team has generated a list of potential solutions, it's important to carefully evaluate them. Consider factors such as cost, feasibility, and effectiveness.

  5. Implement the Solution: Once a solution has been chosen, it's important to develop a plan for implementing it. This plan should include deadlines, responsibilities, and resources.

  6. Monitor and Evaluate: It's important to monitor the progress of solution implementation and evaluate whether it is working as expected. If necessary, adjustments can be made.

  7. Learn from Experience: Once the problem has been solved, it's important to reflect on the process and identify areas where the team can improve in the future.

Benefits of Team Problem Solving:

  • More Creative and Efficient Solutions: Teams can generate a wider range of ideas than individuals, leading to more creative and efficient solutions.

  • Increased Engagement and Employee Satisfaction: Team members who are involved in problem-solving are more likely to be engaged and satisfied with their work.

  • Improved Problem-Solving Skills: Team members develop problem-solving skills by working together to find solutions.

  • A Culture of Continuous Learning: Teams that solve problems together create a culture of continuous learning, where team members are encouraged to learn and grow.


Team problem solving is an essential part of the success of autonomous teams. By encouraging teams to work together to solve problems, you can create a more innovative, efficient, and satisfying environment for all team members.



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