“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” -Norman Vincent Peale
Dig into the problem itself before beginning work or even brainstorming a solution. Einstein said if he only had an hour to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes on understanding the problem.
Socrates believed in asking lots of questions of anyone who came to him with a problem to solve, rather than offering a solution.
I coach business managers to let their team know to bring multiple options or ideas to them, not just the problem, and not just one option.
As N.V. Peale said, the seeds for a solution are in your deep understanding of the problem.