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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the steps needed to solve complex problems in your personal life and the world at large.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- In difficult times, problems come to the surface.
- Traditional approach: quickly solve the problem and be done with it.
- Problem-solving rooted in cause & effect versus system thinking.
- What is system thinking?
- “When we don’t see a system, we break it.” (Gregory Bateson)
- Avoiding problem replication through accurate diagnosis.
- System Map Drawing.
- For any change in your life/area of dissatisfaction, start looking at the system that created the current emergent.
- Meeting a problem at its actual complexity level.
- Start thinking of your own problems as systems.
- The ease of oversimplifying: even the wrinkles in our brains are becoming shallower (Book ‘The Shallows’).
- We go between indulgence/negligence (during homeostasis) and impatience/un-resourcefulness (during crises).
- Use homeostasis to train our minds in finding personal satisfaction in problem-solving.
- 7 steps in the lifecycle of a problem:
- Inception (initial condition of a system)
- Identification (awareness & pain)
- Solutions (actions)
- Test-iterate (solutions)
- Completion (integrated into lifestyle)
- “If I had 60minutes to save the world, I would spend 55 defining the problem.” (Einstein)
- We replace bad systems with slightly better ones.
- Vetting a solution’s effectiveness with time and scale.
- The importance of not letting yourself off the hook when things start to feel better.
- Real solutions involve behavioral change and maintenance.
- The best place to start is with yourself – how to solve problems in your own personal life.
- Connecting the dots with a Personality Type Example: “I am so different from my family”.
- Applying system thinking to your own life.
- Contributing to solving the world’s most complex problems through better thinking.
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