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brad fishel
July 27, 2023

Learn one diagram with 10 plays. Sync up to a deep and simple core map of problem solving. Your brain is wired for it. Just install it and go.

Do You Realize You Could Do YourNatural Best Problem Solving MoreOften?

You have learned many things without realizing it. Going way back, you learned to walk and talk. You built habits and now do these without thinking. Even before that, you learned to close gaps, to identify something you want and figure out how to get it. As you got better at it, without knowing it, you built problem solving habits. Now you walk, talk, problem solve and do a million more things by second nature. Are you ready to upgrade?

You Produce Solutions

Years later, here you are as a manager or supervisor, and closing gaps is your core work. Problem solving is your core ability. You brought those trusty second nature habits with you.

It Is Getting Harder

With greater responsibility and more challenging times, gaps are coming at you bigger, tougher, faster. Your second-nature habits get overloaded. You hit limits. You reach a need to upgrade. Everybody does. Where do you look? What do you do? You have two obvious choices: upgrade outward or inward?You could add skills at the cutting edge or strengthen habits at the core essence.One way you depart second nature. The other way you deepen second nature.

Get to the Core with GAPS Work

Go for deepening. It is already in you.You just need to realize it. Make yournatural habits into natural bestpractices. The word “GAPS” is anacronym for four types of problem-solving thoughts.

Four types of thoughts

There is a deep and simple map for organizing these thoughts. Picture dividing thoughts along two axes. The horizontal axis spans the space between what “is” and what is “wanted”. The vertical axis shows the flow of causes and effects. You can draw this map with two swipes of a pen.

The axis of goodness and causation

The four types of problem-solving thoughts fit on the map. Statuses and Goals are effects, both ones that exist and ones you want. Analyses and Plans are causes, both ones that already exist and ones you want to create by taking action.

The Core Map

The thoughts rolling around in your mind now have names and homes and take meaningful shape. You can draw this map with two swipes of a pen and four added labels. Does this map feel familiar? You may not realize it, but you already naturally use this map when you do your best problem solving. It is universal. All gaps distill down to this core map. It operates behind the scenes of second nature.

Gaps Work Gives You a Second Look atSecond Nature

A Gaps Diagram syncs you up, gives you a user-interface to the core map.Visually laying out your thoughts prompts 20 core questions. A GapsPlaybook activates these into thought processes and discussion roles. You get10 ways to put the diagram into practical, powerful action. You think clearly, critically, courageously. Elevate your communication, coaching and collaboration. Hit your stride.

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