The clarity + control chart.
Edition 14 of Forward+
1 big idea worth considering.
It can be overwhelming to know what to do next with a problem we’re trying to solve. That overwhelm often leads to inaction, leaving the problem to gather dust a little longer on the mental shelf.
But there are 2 things that can reliably help us move past that state of overwhelm and inaction:
Gaining clarity over the situation.
Gaining buy-in for the solution.
The ultimate state for solving any problem is having clarity over the path to success, and having control over moving along that path. When we have those 2 things, the only thing left to do is execute.
But in the beginning of solving a problem we’re likely struggling with clarity, control, or both.
Low clarity means we don’t fully understand the problem or what we’re trying to accomplish, and the solutions or steps needed.
Low control means the problem is complex enough to involve other people and processes that we don’t have direct control over.
Here’s how to get to that ideal state of clarity, control, and execution.