How you see a problem determines the solution.
If you see “traffic” of a problem of too little road space for cars, the solution can only be to build more lanes onto the roads.
If you see the problem as “how do we increase the number of people who can travel on a road at one time?” the solution starts to involve trains, buses, and bikes.
And if you see the problem as “how do we make everyone’s commute easier and smoother?” maybe the solution is hybrid/WFH models and more strongly-staggered business start times.
Those three problems are effectively the same, but how you frame and state the problem establishes what the solution can be.
It’s not academic. In talent acquisition, the issue is even more clear. Ask sourcers what will help them recruit better and faster, and the answer is always “more tech and tools!” Ask the same question to recruiters and the answer is always “we need more bodies!”
And if you see the problem of attracting and hiring great talent through TA’s lens, the solution will be to add more lanes. Have you ever heard someone in TA say,“ we need less technology, it gets in our way!” or “There are too many people on this team: we can’t get anything done!” Of course not. From a recruiting lens, this is a recruiting problem, and thus you only see recruiting solutions.