*Here is the explanation of Stages 1 and2:
. •Stage 1: Acquiring a thorough understanding of the desired objective is the foundation of the entire problem-solving process. It leads to better ideas and sounder choices—and ultimately a greater chance of success. A trip always goes better when you know exactly where you’re going!
. •Stage 2: Coming up with possibilities for attaining an objective is the lifeblood of problem-solving. One cannot be a great problem-solver without a high degree of this skill—especially when it comes to difficult problems which often require numerous ideas to solve. Finding possible avenues that already exist, and coming up with your own ideas, are both important in their own right. The former takes advantage of the powerful resource of what’s already been done by others, and the latter takes advantage of the powerful creativity within you to build on that and generate even better ideas. High creativity requires knowledge, imagination, and open-mindedness, as well as sufficient time for a problem to incubate in the unconscious.