Unlock your creativity and create more impact by letting go of your attachment to seductive solutions. Avoid the cost and embarrassment of re-work and failed solutions.
That's why the design process exists right? To properly explore the problem space and iteratively come up with and test the possible solutions.
Yet often we get into the trap of falling in love with our own solutions to early. Without realising it, we've by-passed the process and are working on a solution we think is going to work. And before we know it we've wasted time and effort going down the wrong track.
Chances are solution seduction is in play, and now we're stuck trying to recover a sticky situation.
Recognising solution seduction early and releasing attachment in your teams and yourself are the key things to identifying and implementing better, more impactful solutions. It takes courage to face into this, and the rewards of identifying solution seduction early are far better than the costs of dealing with it later.
Presence and awareness are key to avoiding solution seduction:
Increase the quality and impact of your designs and solutions by knowing when you've converged too early
Feel confident you've explored enough so you can keep moving and deliver tangible solutions
Coach and lead others beyond solution seduction and lead teams effectively to amplify your impact
Sometimes it unfolds like this:
You're in a design process and you or someone keeps bringing up the same solution time and time again. Maybe you keep suggesting it? Maybe your leader keeps directing your team to follow a particular path.
Maybe you are feeling resistance from your team, you're feeling like you've lost authority, or lost control of the team; you feel helpless, like the opportunity is slipping away.
And you're not sure how to get people's support to keep moving forward.
You're seduced. Or your leader is seduced - that's why you're feeling the resistance.
Recognising that solution seduction is in play—in the moment—is key to unlocking these situations. It allows you to re-open the thinking and find the right opportunity, do what is required and increase the effectiveness and impact of your work.
We forget that it's more important to get the right design, than to deliver the wrong thing quicker.
Not knowing the answer feels really uncomfortable and this is necessary - because if we are too comfortable in the design process we are not pushing far enough, digging deep enough.
Finding meaningful solutions to real human problems is one of the most challenging and meaningful pursuits one can commit to.
Striking the balance is essential to your effectiveness as a design leader. I've learnt through 20 years of hands on design experience and 10 years of running my own design practice how to recognise solution seduction and what to do about it. I want to share these lessons with you so you can free yourself and your teams from attachment to seductive solutions.
I've learned that even though the path to becoming a more effective leader or designer can be ambiguous, the first place to always start is with yourself.
By doing this work, you'll gain access to more creative solutions and increase your effectiveness as a designer and leader.
Learn how to identify if you've become attached to an idea, a solution or a fixed way of thinking.
Learn how to let go of attachment and when to hold on!
Build self awareness in your practice of design and leadership.
We've bundled the Solution Seduction and Releasing Attachment modules together in this offer for you. This means that with the one investment you can identify problems and take action. These short courses are normally $99 each, and I'm offering this at an introductory price of $147 for both which means you're getting one for half price!
Buy both and save! Unlock your creativity and create more impact by letting go of your attachment to seductive solutions, and avoid the cost and embarrassment of re-work and failed solutions. We've bundled the Solution Seduction and Releasing attachment modules together in this offer for you. This means that with the one investment you can identify problems and take action.