Take Another Look
I'm someone who loves to think about a problem.
Sometimes it serves me well in that I'm able to break down the problem into a solution. More often than not, I don't execute because I'm still thinking.
If I can catch myself in time, I find that by seeking out new information and viewpoints, I can develop a deeper understanding of the problem at hand.
Gaining a new perspective, either by accident or intention, is essential for leaders because it helps them identify new opportunities and challenges that they may have otherwise missed. They can develop a more holistic understanding of the situation, which can lead to better decision-making and more effective strategies.
So if ruminating on the problem isn't the answer, find a new perspective from other sources, including:
Talk to employees and customers. What better way to gain a different perspective than by asking others who have another viewpoint or way of thinking.
Take a walk. Give your mind a break by walking away from the work either for a few minutes, hours, or days.
Do research. Conducting research can help you gain a better understanding of your needs and preferences, as well as identify potential gaps in the market that the organization could fill.
Seek advice. Read a book or listen to a podcast to gain advice of experts or others who share a similar seat that you do.
Take on a different challenge. By doing a completely different project or role you may find unlikely connections to your own issue.
By seeing things from different angles, you may find that you're better equipped to appreciate the unique challenges and develop a deeper understanding of your organization and the people who make it work.