By Alexander Barthet

Problem solving is part of every contractor’s job description. Whether it is figuring out how to make up for time lost to bad weather or selecting a suitable replacement for a key material ingredient now out of stock, a contractor must quickly tackle these every day construction challenges so as to keep the project on track. However, too often the initial approach is to accept and analyze the problem as it is presented, and this could well be the wrong path to pursue.

For example, take the drawing below. Rather than accept it as-is, turn the problem on its head, literally. You’ll see that the answer may be right in front of you.

Thinking outside the box should be part of your everyday problem solving. It works.