How to break down a problem? Simple Case Study.

And how to be MECE in your breakdown

Hey friend,

one of the most important differentiators of successful consultants is how they break down complex questions.

There are many different ways to do this.

The guiding principle here is MECE. Your breakdown should be Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive.

Why? 3 Reasons:

  1. No Overlaps: Each part of the problem is different from the others, making it clear what each part is about.

  2. Covers Everything: All parts of the problem are included. Nothing is missed.

  3. Better Solutions: It helps find solutions more easily and clearly because the problem is organized well.

Here is a simple example.

Why did TV ad revenues decline last year?

Sure, you may have some ideas in mind already.

“It’s because of Netflix of course”.

That’s one way to approach this. Everybody can jump to this conclusion.

There are other important, less obvious things to keep in mind.

If you want to stand out, structure the question like a top strategy consultant.

Keep an overview like a captain over a ship.

Here is how:

Subscribe to Lead & Succeed to read the rest.

Become a paying subscriber of Lead & Succeed to get access to this post and other subscriber-only content.

Already a paying subscriber? Sign In

A subscription gets you:
Bite-sized articles with real-life case studies and practical takeaways every 2 weeks
Priority coaching for $100/hour (save $100)
Additional Problem-solving webinars