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Widening the Search for Solutions

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Dianne's boss has asked her to come up with some ideas for lowering overhead costs in her office. If she doesn't come up with big enough cuts, she may have to start laying off staff, and she doesn't want to have to do that if she can possibly avoid it.

Dianne's only option is to find more ways to reduce costs. However, after brainstorming possible solutions, she hasn't had many credible ideas. Does this situation sound familiar?

We often have to solve problems that have no easy solution. This can be frustrating, especially when we're on a deadline, and when normal problem-solving approaches haven't worked. 

This is where Concept Fans are useful. They help you widen your search for solutions when you have exhausted all obvious options.

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