You are the owner of an office building, and your tenants are complaining about a slow elevator. Several tenants are threatening to break their leases if you don’t fix it.
When asked, most people quickly identify some solutions: replace the lift, install a stronger motor, or perhaps upgrade the algorithm that runs the lift. These suggestions share a singular assumption about what the problem is— that the elevator is slow.
When the problem is reframed, a more elegant solution is created: put up mirrors next to the elevator. This solution eliminated complaints, because people tend to lose track of time when given something to look at—namely, themselves.
The mirror solution is not a solution to the stated problem: It doesn’t make the elevator faster.
Instead, it proposes a different understanding of the problem. Reframing is not focused on finding the “real” problem, but to identify if there is a better one to solve.
We believe the idea that of a single "root problem" to an issue is always misleading.
We see that problems are typically multi-causal and can be addressed in many ways. So we approach each client engagement as unique, evaluating business challenges from a new perspective, to design better solution.