A missed signal
Chatterton tried a new strategy for exploring the u-boat. Instead of rummaging through the debris, he stopped and calmly absorbed his surrounding. Allowing himself to notice more than he had before.
Taking it slow , especially with tough problem, can be seem counter productive. You want to start resolving the problem right away. However, there is a better strategy. If you take a step back and allow yourself room to process, you gain insight you previously wouldn’t have.
This is a good approach to all sorts of problems. Abraham Lincoln even summed it up in saying “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Book: Shadow Divers