Solving problems or making change is hard work. Often the key to success is not finding a way to do it, but finding the way which works given the time, money and energy you have available. Having enough leverage is crucial. The problem-solving pyramid is a way of getting that leverage; finding the most economical and elegant way of exerting influence over a situation.
What to Do
Any time you want to solve a problem or bring about change, quickly run through the four levels of the pyramid to find the point of maximum leverage.