Once you have solved the problem successfully, it is time to apply what you have learned to make solving future problems easier.
Have a follow-up meeting after the solution has been implemented. Here are some things to consider when planning this meeting:
After the problem has been solved, take the time to celebrate the things that went well in the problem solving process. Try to recognize each person for their contributions and accomplishments.
You can celebrate successes by recognizing the contributions of the team members in the follow-up meeting. Alternatively, you can have a party or other form of celebration. A good activity just needs to help the team celebrate a job well done in coming up with all the solutions, evaluating them, and finally implementing a solution effectively.
There have probably been some bumps along the road in the creative problem solving process. Take the time to identify lessons learned and ways to make improvements so that the next problem solved will be even better.
Meeting with team members and stakeholders to identify improvements is a valuable exercise for several reasons.
Hillary, John and Clinton were happy they had successfully implemented and managed the solution to their marketing problem. However, they were struggling to come up with a method of recording that success and using it to define and refine future solutions to similar problems. They were frustrated that they had come up with a solution but still didn’t know how to record it. Tensions were rising until John suggested the hold a follow-up meeting, and Hillary and Clinton helped lay out an agenda, arrange a relevant time for the meeting and invite all those who were involved in implementing the solution. Afterwards, they planned a celebration and were happy that they had come to an amicable solution to yet another challenge.