No, I am not talking about the international study on leadership that looked at a whole bunch of different cultures. For the GLOBE study, here is the link.

How do you see problems? One sided, one dimensional, two, 3, ....?

How do you perceive solutions? One size fits all, "If you only have a hammer then everything is a nail," single shot, going overboard?

One of the many things I have found about many of the different problem solvers I have met or read about is the ability to axisize a problem. Don’t look up the word, you won’t find it. I made it up; I needed a word to show what I am meaning.

In a figurative way, put the problem on an axis and spin it. Does the problem look the same from another direction? If the problem is found to be a little different, is it possible that a different solution could make a better outcome than the one you thought was the only one? If you can make the problem into a 3-D model and investigate it from another point of view, there might be some answers that could solve the conundrum.

For example, trash. I ran into this problem with those disgusting things called maggots in our garbage. Gross, I know. Tell me about it. With trash going once a week and having meat as part of our diet, our trash would soon be the home of those nasty looking critters. I could have bought some kind of insect killer or an old shoe, but I started giving the left over meats to our dog and began composting the raw veggies and fruits. So far this has eliminated the maggot problem. I know it sounds simple or common sense, but it is a Monday morning example and works for the topic.

What are some ways you have solved a problem by twisting it on the axis and coming up with a solution that was different than what you expected?