Navy SEAL Problem Solving Strategies   Leave a comment

Ryan Zinke served as a member of SEAL Team 6 and Deputy Commander of Special Ops in Iraq. He interviewed with Time Magazine in 2009 and described approaches to problem solving that he learned as a Navy SEAL. “The SEALs look at a problem, look at the available assets, prioritize the assets, then charter a mission to fix the problem. We need to roll up our sleeves and do the SEAL mission, which is fix things.” This approach can be effectively applied to organizational as well as personal challenges. Let’s break it down as an approach to problem-solving:

1. Identify the problem
2. Identify available assets
3. Prioritize the assets
4. Plan an activity, your “mission”, to fix the problem.
5. Commit and complete the mission.

If you know the problem, your assets, and your mission, you have almost everything you need to fix the problem. The secret to success is the level of personal commitment you bring to the mission. You make it happen!

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