The Investigate Problem IQ Matrix is the second of a series of five comprehensive maps that delve into the intricacies of solving life’s most difficult problems. The second map throws you into “research mode”, where you take time to investigate the intricacies of your problem in detail. As you work through this map you will fact-find, gain clarity about the issue, and organize the data.
Here is a quick break down of each branch of the Investigate Your Problem IQ Matrix:
- The Purpose: Briefly outlines the purpose of this specific stage of the problem solving process.
- Fact-Find: Every solution to a problem is built upon clear and concise facts that you must identify and explore. Within this branch you are provided with a set of questions that will help you to explore the facts surrounding your problem in great depth and detail.
- Gain Clarity: Once you are clear about the facts, you must now gain clarity and search for meaning using a logical sequence and a set of questions that will help you to separate fact from opinion. This branch will help you to clarify all the data you have collected about the problem in depth and detail.
- Organize Data: Having gained clarity, your final step within this part of the problem solving process is to organize and sort through all the data you have collected in order to lay down the foundations for the creative problem solving process.
Stick with these principles, memorize and incorporate them into your life, and you will progressively develop the necessary habits-of-mind that will help you to gain clarity about the problem you are working through.