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There are many ways to analyze a problem, but the best way is no particular “way” at all. What I mean is that there are many ways to view a problem in business, and so one way is to initially remain open to the possibility that your first inclination is wrong.

In theory, it sounds easy. Sure, “I may be wrong here,” you say to yourself. In practice, though, are you sure that is how you are coming off to others?

Let’s say you are right about a particular issue, and so the question then becomes which lens do you look through to look for a solution? Do you analyze the situation with a Human Resource perspective? Management? What sort of politics are involved? How is your business set up? Is it egalitarian? Hierarchical?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself as you attempt to work through problems or develop a strategy. In asking yourself these questions and seeing problems from different angles, you will be better in a better position to fully appreciate all the implications from your decision rather than just one or two.

There really is no right way to solve a problem, but there are better ways, and it starts with accepting you in fact may be wrong. If you are able to admit such a thing to others, including management and/or your peers, you will earn something money simply cannot buy—respect. And if you earn the respect of others, you will not only be more effective at work, but happier in life.