Whether at work or in our personal lives, we all sometimes get stuck on an issue that we just can't seem to resolve. It could be as technical as a coding bug in a software application or as silly as trying to remember the name of the actor in that one movie we just can't remember.
Our obsessing in these all-time consuming scenarios usually does not help us to resolve our problems. Usually our constant mental pounding towards what we think is the solution just ends up taking us further away from the answer.
Managers in all walks of life, including parents and teachers, must take overt steps here to guide the obsessed individual to step away from the problem. Take a walk, read a book, see a movie, or even get some sleep, anything to distract from the problem at hand.
By moving away from the problem, we are no longer confined inside the problem.
By using a fresh new approach to the problem, or even just by re-addressing the problem from the outside, the solutions sometimes make themselves apparent with very little effort on our part.
It was only when LaForge did follow the Captain's orders and fell asleep that he dreamt his way to the solution and was able to identify the shuttle accident was faked and leads to Data's rescue.
Back to lessons in Management
Disclaimer: This website is not associated or endorsed by Paramount Pictures or CBS Studios Inc., the owners of the Star Trek trademarks, related marks and copyrights. References to Star Trek material on this web site complies with the Fair or Acceptable Use Principle established in the U.S. and International copyright law for the purposes of review, study, criticism and news reporting. No copyright infringement is intended by this website. All original work provided on this website is the sole copyrighted property of TrekAcademy.com and may not be reproduced in any form without the express written permission from TrekAcademy.com.